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Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Yogurt and other probiotics are a MUST for a healthy immune system. Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain friendly bacteria (that your body needs to function well), and are supposed to help colonize our guts with health-boosting microorganisms. It is thought that up to 80% of our immune system (our body’s ability to fight infection and disease) is found in our gut (intestines). Because it’s so essential for health, I give my kids yogurt with raw honey daily.

You can read more about the immune boosting components and health benefits of Yogurt in my post, 7 Foods that Boost Your Immune System Naturally.

Ingredients

1/4 – 1/2 cup good quality commercial whole milk plain yogurt, or yogurt from a previous batch

1 quart whole milk*

You will also need a candy thermometer

Instructions

The final product will be thinner than commercial yogurt, but is easy to make. Gently heat the milk to 180 degrees. Stir in the yogurt and place in a shallow glass, enamel or stainless steel container. Cover the container and place in a warm oven (about 150 degrees, or a gas oven with pilot light) overnight. In the morning, transfer to the refrigerator. Throughout the day you may want to drain some of the excess whey off the yogurt.

*If you’re using raw milk: place the quart of milk in double boiler and heat to 110 degrees. Remove 2 tablespoons of the warm milk and add it to 1 tablespoon yogurt (commercial or from the previous batch). Stir well and pour into a quart sized wide-mouth mason jar. Add a further 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons yogurt to the jar and stir well. Add the rest of the warmed milk. Cover tightly and place in a dehydrator set at 95 degrees for 8-12 hours (in your turned off oven with the oven light on may also work). Transfer to the refrigerator.

Sources and More Information

http://thenourishingcook.com/how-to-make-homemade-yogurt/

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