Yogurt – Behind the Scenes

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I love cooking from scratch. It is one way I find that I can be a bit healthier and control what I put into my body. And fortunately for us these days, there are many gadgets that help us along. One thing I’ve gotten back to doing is making homemade organic yogurt. And although a yogurt maker is not necessary – it can be incubated using other methods, it is the most convenient for me since I have an electric stove with no pilot light and I don’t feel comfortable that it will be keeping an even temperature any other way. So I dug out my old yogurt maker and have made 4 batches in the last 2 weeks already. I love just being able to make a plain batch of organic yogurt and then sweetening it using only organic or all fruit jams and a bit of fresh fruit and/or granola. I have also been using it to make overnight oatmeal for quick and convenient breakfasts that we pack for camping in our cooler.

I bought my yogurt maker years ago and a lot of thought went into it. At first, I tried one that came with the individual cups but I soon realized that although it might work well for others, it didn’t for me.  Since you don’t flavor the yogurt until it has been made, it didn’t make much sense to me to bother with all those little containers so I ended up with one that makes a quart at a time in one container. This works well for me since I like to use it in different ways and always retain a small portion of the plain unflavored yogurt to start a new batch. Amazingly, I found that the one I use is still available! I’m thinking of getting a few as gifts for others in my family who tried my yogurt and loved it.

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With this yogurt maker, I’ve also been able to use one quart Ball Mason jars right in it, instead of the plastic container it comes with, which means that once the yogurt is made and refrigerated for a bit, it’s ready to be given to a family member if I want.  But I also like using glass for foods over plastic anyway.  The cover of the yogurt maker doesn’t fit perfectly snug over the glass jar, but well enough that the heat doesn’t escape while it is incubating and has worked well.

I also use these plastic lids because they are easy to clean, don’t rust, and I don’t worry too much about the plastic since the caps themselves aren’t actually touching the yogurt.

When I use the yogurt to make overnight oatmeal, I use these jars to create the single servings and a great bonus is that the lids I mentioned above fit on these jars as well!

I also may look at this yogurt maker for gifts because it is simple and affordable.  It’s also pretty cute, in my opinion.  LOL.

People in my family with dental or digestive problems have benefitted from the probiotics in yogurt and I really enjoy being able to make it again.  But of course, all this thinking about yogurt is what lead me to my Cro-Fucious cro-toon™ on the subject matter, which you can see here.  So now you know! Enjoy and thanks for reading.  Do you have any funny yogurt stories?

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2 thoughts on “Yogurt – Behind the Scenes

  1. Cool! I have never made yogurt. I made cheese once but it didn’t turn out at all! Hahaha That yogurt machine looks simple enough. I might have to look for one.

    • Really the machine is just an incubator to keep it at a certain temperature – very simple device that is much like a crock pot only on a lower temperature. I’ve never made cheese – well, I actually have made a bunch of vegan cheese when I was following a vegan diet. But I guess that is done a bit differently. 🙂

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