Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Making Raw Milk Yogurt

I don't have a double boiler so I improvise! I put a half gallon canning jar of milk (not quite full) in a pan of water on my stovetop. I constantly stir the milk while it is heating up until it reaches 110 degrees. I add 2 Tablespoons of my last batch of yogurt and stir well. Pour into 4 pint sized jars and add a heaping Tablespoon of yogurt to each jar as well. Mix well. Put the lid on tightly and put in an Excalibur dehydrator at 95 degrees for 8 hours. Remove from dehydrator and then refridgerate!

In order to start making it you will need to buy a good quality organic plain yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farms brand) to use as your culture. After your first batch you can use some from a previous batch to make more. :-) About every 4 weeks I buy another tub of yogurt as my starter as I have found that the yogurt somehow ferments after about 5 weeks of using the previous batch (I make yogurt weekly).


Tory said...

I wish I had raw milk to make my yogurt with! Instead I just mix about 4 ounces of my last batch with a quart of milk. I shake it up reaaallly good and wrap my heating pad around it for 8 hours. Works great!

Serenity said...

Mel, how did I never realize you had a blog?? =) I would love to hear more about your experiences with the chicken project!