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Macaroni Kid: Making Homemade Yogurt

Julie from Macaroni Kid Johnstown Laurel Highlands Altoona returns to the Central PA Live kitchen to show us how to make homemade yogurt.

Julie from Macaroni Kid Johnstown Laurel Highlands Altoona returns to the Central PA Live kitchen to show us how to make homemade yogurt.

What you need (From Julie Follansbee):
A yogurt maker (available on Amazon.com)
milk (you can use whole, skim, 2%, even almond and coconut)
Live bacteria, either from plain store bought or a powdered starter (also available on amazon)
measuring cup
deep metal saucepan
Clean all utensils with warm soapy water and dry them. Use stainless steel or plastic.

Here's my recipe:

1/2 gallon milk
8 oz of store bought plain yogurt at room temperature or 2 packets of the starter
Preheat the yogurt maker by plugging it in.
Heat the milk to just below boiling-180* (just until it starts to climb the sides of the pan)

Remove milk from heat and let cool to 110*

When milk is cooled add yogurt to about 2 cups of the warm milk in the liner of the yogurt maker and slowly whisk (remember, yogurt is alive and needs to be treated gently). When the yogurt is disolved, pour 3 times back and forth from the yogurt maker to the pot, and then back to the yogurt maker. It should be completely mixed by this gentle action. If not, GENTLY whisk any lumps.

Put the liner filled with the yogurt into the maker, top with the lid and let sit to incubate for 8-10 hours. The longer it incubates, the richer in probiotics it will become. It will also develop a more tart taste the longer it incubates.


Refrigerate immediately.


When it is finished, you can use as is, or strain to make Greek yogurt. (The whey that drains can be used to replace liquid in baking recipes). It can be strained in a sieve lined with cheesecloth, a muslin bag, or a specially designed Greek yogurt maker like the one pictured below.

Top with your favorite fruits and grains. We like honey, berries, chia seeds and granola.

If you want to eat yogurt the way Greeks do, just put a dollop in a bowl and pour fresh honey over it, or make it into a wonderful Tzatziki!

The only sugar in this yogurt is the sugar that was naturally in the milk and fruit or honey.

Once you make your own yogurt, you will have a hard time eating store bought again!
See how to make this recipe on Julie's website!

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