The yogurt maker I ordered arrived yesterday. That was very quick since I only ordered it a few days ago.
Today I decided to try it out and make my first batch of homemade yogurt. It came with small containers. They are nice glass containers. I am sure they will be very useful for something, but they are too small for the quantities of yogurt I want to make. So I will use wide mouth canning jars instead. This yogurt maker has that option by including a taller lid.
The instruction booklet that came with the yogurt maker says you can use milk right from the refrigerator, but all the recipes I have read heat and then cool the milk. It would certainly be convenient to not have to heat the milk, and I will try it that way, but today, since it is my first time making yogurt, I decided to follow a recipe. I chose the simplest one I could find…just milk and yogurt starter. Some people add dry milk as well to thicken it, but since I am using whole milk, I am hoping it will not need it.
It is a very simple process. Pour the milk into a pan and heat it. My recipe says to heat it to 180 degrees. That may vary a bit and I don’t know how precise you actually have to be….just under boiling I think. I used a thermometer to make sure, but I suspect that becomes optional as you become more experienced.
Either way, mix it together and pour it into your jars. In hindsight, had I used a larger batter bowl it would have been easier. I could have poured from there. Because I used the pan, I ladled it into a measuring cup first and then poured it in.
Once your jars are full, they are ready for the yogurt maker. Do not put the lids on.
Put the jars in the yogurt maker and put the cover on. Turn on the yogurt maker and you are done. My yogurt maker says it takes 8-12 hours until the yogurt is ready. I will check it after 8 hours and see if it is ready. If not I will give it some more time. I think the taller jars may take longer than the small ones.
So now I just have to wait. Fingers crossed for thick creamy yogurt! I will let you know tomorrow.