How to Make Homemade Yogurt in a Large Cooking Pot
Last year I learned how to make yogurt in a Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker. I was making weekly batches of yogurt but when I returned the yogurt maker back to my mom, I stopped making yogurt (except for one failed attempt at Crockpot yogurt).
Last week I had an American woman, who labores in the Ukraine, staying with us while she’s on her year-long stay in the U.S. I really don’t know how we ended up talking about yogurt, but she said they make yogurt in a large pot all the time and she could teach me.
We started out with less than a half gallon of raw milk, and these are the instructions that gave us creamy, thick yogurt. There was no need to sweeten or strain it.
1 packet of yogurt culture or 1/2 cup of whole fat, plain yogurt (such as Stoneyfield Farms yogurt)
A Candy Thermometer helps, but I’ve added instructions for how to use your senses — sight and touch — to test the temperature.
- Scald milk in a pot to about about 175° F, stirring consistently. You’ll notice a film come to the top of the milk.
- Cool milk to 110° F or until placing the inside of your wrist on the pot just slightly bites, but no longer burns. To speed this step, place pot in a sink full of cold or ice water.
- While the milk is cooling, fill a large pot about 1/3 with water and start heating to about 110° F.
- Once the milk has cooled to 110° F, stir in one packet of yogurt culture or 1/2 cup of whole fat, plain yogurt.
- Pour the cultured milk into quart glass jars, with lids loosely screwed on. Then place the quart jars in the large cooking pot that is 1/3 full of water.
- Fill the pot with more water or take out water so that the water line is nearly even with the cultured milk line in the quart jars.
- Wrap the large pot in blankets and put near a heater or a warm place in your house and let sit for 6 to 12 hours or until yogurt is thick. Check the temperature every few hours; you may need to add more hot water once or twice.
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