Several months ago I started worrying about my calcium intake (or maybe that was my mother). It’s hard to eat/drink much dairy here because it’s so expensive. We buy cheese occasionally, but never eat too much of it in a week. Milk costs the equivalent of $8+ per gallon and doesn’t taste that good since it’s UHT long-life (in other words, it can sit on a shelf unrefrigerated before it’s opened). Store-bought yogurt is also very expensive. That’s when I decided to start making my own yogurt. It’s super-easy, and while powdered milk is also not cheap, it’s cheaper than buying yogurt regularly. Here’s the recipe:
¼ cup yogurt (make sure it has live cultures – check the label)
4 cups warm water
1½ cups powdered milk
Blend the yogurt starter and warm water. Add powdered milk and blend till completely mixed. Pour into glass jars (any will work – I use old mayonnaise jars). Incubate* for 8-10 hours or until set. Put lids on and refrigerate.
* I incubate by filling a pan with hot tap water, setting the jars inside, and wrapping/covering the pan with towels. In the winter, I checked the water every couple hours and cupped some of the by-then cool water out and replaced it with new hot water to keep the “bath” a constant temperature. Now that it’s summer, I don’t need to touch the water at all, and the yogurt sets more quickly. Other incubation methods I’ve read about are putting it in an oven – the pilot light should be warm enough to set it – or using a crock-pot. I have neither of those appliances so haven’t been able to try them.
And here’s a recipe for my new favorite yogurt treat:
One fresh mango
More or less ½ cup yogurt
Blend ingredients and freeze in a Tupperware container. Mmm, so fresh and healthy and yummy on these hot summer days! For the best frozen yogurt consistency, freeze just a couple hours before eating so that it’s not solid.