Saturday, 26 July 2008

Yoghurt making

Andrew and I are really keen to try and be less reliant on the supermarkets as we can. So we have been doing little things. Ever since reading it on the beansprouts blog, we wanted make yoghurt. So we gave it a go. It was so easy. You can use a flask but we bought a yoghurt maker, for ease. It holds a litre beaker, which makes it much easier to clean. We bought a litre of milk to the boil and allowed it to cool down.

We then stirred in a few dessert spoons of yoghurt (this has to be live yoghurt) and poured it into the beaker.

We fill the yoghurt maker with lukewarm water. The beaker is then put into the yoghurt maker.

I told Andrew that it would take 8-10 hours, but he wanted to watch it work.

The first time I made it, I made Greek yoghurt. Which means you need to strain the yoghurt.

We have yoghurt with our lunches, so this is a lot cheaper than shop bought. It also removes one more thing off our shopping list. We normally make a fruit compote to have with the yoghurt. It is now part of our weekly rituals, as well as making bread and muesli. It's great to have the yoghurt in fridge ready for meals. We have started to use it as a substitute for creme fraiche in sauces.

1 comment:

bron said...

That's brilliant - I am very tempted to try it at home. If you have serious amounts can I suggest you make a soup? I was making a dill sauce on the weekend that somehow turned into the consistency of soup but it was just amazing - and perfect for hot nights. In a blender put peeled chopped cucumber, yoghurt, sour cream, chopped dill, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Whizz. Refrigerate for half an hour. Enjoy.