Healthy Homemade Low-fat Yogurt

20130626-114542.jpg If you don’t buy organic yogurt (or organic anything), then I think ignorance is bliss when it comes to the ingredients. I checked the ingredients in a Yoplait strawberry light yogurt and found: cornstarch, added sugar, citric acid, aspartame, Red #40 (which is made from petroleum), etc. Sorry to spoil your bliss! But the good news is you can buy organic yogurt if you don’t like to eat petroleum. Or you can make your own organic yogurt with just two ingredients! It is oh so delicious with a sprinkle of cinnamon and topped with fruit or granola.

    Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon (2 quarts) Organic milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup organic yogurt with live/active cultures (you’ll find that in the ingredients)
  • You will also need a thermometer!
  • Optional: 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Heat your oven to 350F degrees then turn off immediately when it’s preheated. Turn oven light on. Pour milk into large pot/sauce pan with a lid (I used my dutch oven) and heat on medium until the temperature reaches 175-180F degrees. Watch temp carefully, do not let it go above 180. Remove from burner and allow to cool to 115F degrees, do not let it cool below 110F. This will take 20-30 minutes. If a skin forms on top, remove it. To speed up this process you can sit your pot in a large casserole dish filled with ice and stir constantly.

When the temp reaches 110-115F whisk in 1/4 cup yogurt. Place lid on pot, wrap it in a bath towel for proper insulation, and put it in the oven (light on). Allow to set for 12-16 hours without disturbing it. I let mine set for 16 hours just to be safe. If your house is very warm, it might take less time.At this point you could chill the yogurt and eat as is. It is your choice to pour/scoop off the liquid whey or whisk it back in. I strained mine in a mesh strainer for thicker yogurt and whisked in 1/2 cup honey & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. It is so good!

Below you can see the yogurt wasn’t smooth after straining it, but once I whisked in the honey and vanilla it became smooth.

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