I used to think that making yogurt was this huge deal.
According to the recipes I have found online...I must heat some milk to 180 degrees...then, cool it down to 112 degrees...before adding my starter. It required a thermometer and everything must be sterilized and exact. People swear by Easiyos, etc. I'm telling you...you do NOT need all that extra stuff.
After experimenting with the easiest and cheapest ways of doing it...this is what I've come up with.
All you need: jars(or containers), a cooler, milk powder, room temperature water, yogurt starter or plain store bought yogurt, and boiling water.
Making around 4 quarts of yogurt takes me about 10 minutes or less. And if I can do it...so can you!!!
First, I get some water boiling...which I'm going to use to pour into the cooler...so, I just need a couple of quarts. Waiting for the water to boil is going to be the thing that takes the longest...so, do NOT watch the pot.
I just experiemented with a powdered milk drink mix...which I was VERY skeptical about...and it totally worked. I couldn't believe it...as it isn't really pure powdered milk...but a mix...with lots of additives like 3 types of sugar and 5 types of oil...and uses skim milk. But it's what most people here in the Philippines buy because it's cheaper. It's not what I would use to make for our family...but it worked.
Also, for those of you who can use regular cow milk...I've heard it's best to add a few tablespoons of powdered milk...as it thickens better. I would like to try experiementing with regular milk...but first, I'd have to convince Brian to let me buy some...as it's quite expensive here.
If you are using a powdered starter...just follow the directions on the package. Generally, a package is for 1 liter of milk. If you are using a store bought plain yogurt as your starter...I have heard that you may need to use more.
I mix the milk and yogurt(or yogurt starter) together really well.
Ok, well...it takes longer than 10 minutes to make...as you have to leave it for many hours...but it only takes about 10 minutes of work.
Not only is it loaded with probiotics; but as Asia says, "It's like a magical dream come true!"