Making homemade yogurt is one of my new favorite things. It also kind of makes me feel like Martha Stewart – in a good way.
I got this yogurt maker a while ago as a gift from my boyfriend and kind of forgot about it until I moved and had to pack it/unpack it.
Oh the joys that moving brings! Anyway, I've been playing around with it a lot since then. It's actually incredibly easy to use, and while the whole process can take a long time, (9 hours if you use 2% milk) the part where you actually have to prepare the yogurt only takes about 20 minutes total. All you have to do is boil milk, allow it to cool, and then whisk in one of the yogurt packs - these can be found at cooking stores like Sur La Table, like the ones below.
They are incredibly affordable. Then pour the mixture into jars and place those jars, uncovered, into the yogurt maker.
The yogurt has turned out to be quite tasty, though it is worth noting that it tastes different from your standard store bought stuff, mostly because there is no added sugar. It's more bitter. This makes it way healthier. Plus, as you are still using cultures to create the homemade yogurt, you get all of the benefits of the associated probiotics (which are really great for digestion).
The yogurt has become a morning staple for me - I have been using it to make some amazing fruit smoothies!