Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 213

Day 213 - D's lunch today is ham/salami, cucumber flowers, watermelon/cherry flowers, milk and chocolate and vanilla yogurt.

I have been making my own yogurt for a while now.  I had found some recipes online for crockpot yogurt then sort of tweaked and morphed them into something that works well for me...consistantly.

I pour a gallon of milk (I usually use 2%) into a large pot and heat it on medium heat until the milk reaches 185 degrees.  I pour it into my crockpot from there and stir in about 1 c of nonfat dry milk (this is optional).  I leave it uncovered until the milk reaches 110 degrees.  At this point I stir in 1 single serve container of plain greek yogurt (make sure whatever brand you are using has active live cultures).  Then I cover it and wrap the crockpot in a blanket and leave it undisturbed over night.  The next moring I have a crockpot full of yogurt!  At this point I strain mine because I like a thicker greek yogurt consistancy but again this is optional.  Store in the refridgerator. 

For the chocolate yogurt that I made today, I didn't measure anything so bear with me.  I took out one of my cereal bowls.  I filled the bottom with dark chocolate chips and microwaved it at 30 second intervals until is was melted.  I took about 2 C of plain yogurt and flavored it with Torani s/f vanilla syrup.  I mixed about 1 C of the flavored yogurt into the melted chocolate until it was all well combined. I did a half and half in the bento and then took the rest and layered it into push pop molds for the rest of the week.

6 comments:

  1. So pretty! And the hm made yoghurt looks v yummy!

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  2. You have talked me into trying to make yogurt. I go through a lot of plain yogurt. I always assumed you needed special equipment to make your own.

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    1. I was afraid to try it at first too! I only had one "bad" batch....I had found a recipe on the internet that used times instead of temperatures and I think the milk was still too hot when I added the yogurt so it didn't set up. Once I started using my thermometer I haven't had any issues! Good luck!!

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    2. I made the other day and it turned out fabulous.. I had to boil rhubarb with sugar and water today to make rhubarb syrup for another recipe. I mixed the leftover solids with the homemade yogurt. Rhubarb yogurt is fantastic!

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    3. I love rhubarb I bet it is amazing!!

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  3. What temp (hi, lo, etc) do you put the crockpot on to get it to 110F? Do you leave it on all night?

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