February 15, 2012 in Yogurt
I do. In fact, I like it quite a lot . . . sometimes. You see, I’m the kind of person who goes yogurt crazy for a week and then I’m done for a few weeks or a month, sometimes longer. I’m probably in the minority. You love yogurt all the time, right? Well, even so, keep reading. You might like what I have to share.
I prefer not to buy yogurt in the grocery store because I want to know where my ingredients come from. For the longest time I ignored my yogurt cravings, not wanting to maintain a mother culture.
When I started working for CFH a few months ago, I decided to try one of our direct-set yogurt cultures because it sounded like it would meet my needs. I could have yogurt occasionally and there is no mother culture to maintain! How cool is that?!
I read our informational page and watched the awesome video in preparation for yogurt making. Yes, I’ve made yogurt before, but if you’ve read my previous posts you know that I get nervous whenever I try anything different or new.
Everything was straightforward and simple! Heat the milk, cool the milk, mix in the culture. Then I poured it into four half-pint mason jars and put it into my Excalibur dehydrator at about 105º F, set my kitchen time and waited. I checked it at 6 hours and decided to go for the full seven. I removed it from the dehydrator when the time was up, put it in the fridge and waited.
That evening I decided to have a snack. Stirring the yogurt, I was impressed with the creaminess of it. This looked good. Then I tasted and all I can say is YUM. It was delicious. I had chosen our Mild Flavor Yogurt Culture and this was truly mild. It was so rich, creamy and mild I’ve been eating it plain. I’ve still got two half-pints left, but they’ll be gone soon. I think I’ll try the Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter next time.
If any of you are like me, or if you’re a little nervous about making yogurt for the first time, why not give a direct-set culture a try!