Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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.