Monday, February 22, 2010

Yogurt recipe procedure and News!!

For momtoqts I am posting the yogurt making recipe and procedure. This is from the youtube version.

7 cups of milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered milk
2 teas vanilla if you want vanilla flavored, otherwise leave it out if you want plain.
1/2 cup starter yogurt, either store bought or from your homemade. I have not had good luck with any other kinds of yogurt except dannon plain. Must be plain yogurt no flavors.

Put your 7 cups milk and 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup powdered milk in pot and using a thermometer bring to 180 degrees slowly on med to med high heat. You want it scalded not burned. When you achieve 180 remove from heat and let cool until to 105-110 degrees.(if you want vanilla flavored yogurt add vanilla while it is cooling). When you start cooling get your 1/2 cup yogurt starter out so it is not too cold. When you are down to the 105-110 add your starter yogurt, mix well. Pour this into glass canning jars with lids.
I make mine 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 mandarin orange. To half the canning jars before putting in the yogurt I add 1/2 can of mandarins drained well to the bottom of the jars, Then pour the yogurt on. I would say make yogurt first just plain or vanilla until you get the hang of it.
Yogurt incubator
I use a Styrofoam cooler as mine. They make some yogurt incubator or makers you can buy but my Styrofoam one has worked perfectly for almost a year.
Here is the most important part of making your yogurt. place a blanket inside the cooler, set your jars inside put on cover. Carefully put your cooler in a nice warm spot and cover the top with another blanket. Tell the kids the yogurt is sleeping and cannot be disturbed!!! After 12 hours (my house is pretty cold) maybe 10 for a real warm house, carefully check your yogurt to see it is set. If not leave for a few hours. Not more then 12 or it will be really really tart. I have tried all kinds of milk, sugar etc. Nothing effects the outcome except the disturbing it while it is "resting", and the temperatures while cooking and cooling. Anyway when you do it once, You'll be whipping it out like nothing!! It is really easy. I make 12 wide mouth jars every 2 weeks with ease.
I just made this past week yogurt Popsicles with some of the last batch of yogurt and the kids gobbled them up.
I also wanted to let you all know that I have been really tired lately and not feeling well. I just wrote this post through a bad bad bout of nausea. I know/knew what was going on. But now I can tell you, confirmed this morning. We are expecting again. I am only a little over a month along but once again just like the last 3 kids sick as heck from the beginning. Please bear with me until this part wears off. This will be #7 if not #7 and #8. I started felling ill at just about 2 1/2 weeks along which would be exactly how I felt with the last set of twins, We shall see when the time comes. I go to the OBGYN on Friday. Hope I feel well and you stay well, Michelle P.S. I am well aware of my age and complications no need to go there as my family did. Hubby and I do not believe in birth control we take what God gives us and we love them. Michelle


SarahLynne said...

Congratulations on expecting your next baby! I know you're so excited!

Thanks for the yogurt info. I recently made my first batch in a crockpot. It turned out great!

Sarah (from simplelivingindy & MGKS homeschool group)

ohiomommy said...

Thanks for posting the yogurt recipe. I look forward to trying this later this week :)

Congrats on the new baby to be! I am a little envious. My youngest is 11 and that's all I get since I made a bad decision after I had her. But I wish you all the best and God bless :)

frugalredneck said...

Tytytytyyyy, From leaving having babies up to God, You just never know when or if it will happen. I am a little nervous about the twin thing, Hope I have enough stamina left lol I am sorry ohiomama, I truly believe that things happen for a reason and maybe we don't get to know those reasons right away. Maybe your daughter will be like me and have a shoe full of kids and she will need lots and lots of help from you but you just don't know it yet!!! I bet your daughter is very loved. Thanks again to both of you. Michelle Thanks sarahlynne now you know what to put in the traveling bin hahhaha I got rid of most baby stuff, I keep thinking God is done here!!! Michelle

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations!!!!! Every baby is such a blessing. My mom had her last baby at age 43 and says having a newborn keeps you young! :)

momtoqts said...

So excited about your news :)

And thank you for typing out the info on the yogurt. Mandarin Orange yogurt sounds delish. Anwyays, bless your little heart for typing that w/morning sickness. BTDT!!