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Homemade Greek Yogurt

Friday, May 25, 2012

Does anyone make their own? I have been for about a month now. One batch or so every week. And it is just so hit and miss. I always eat it, but it isnt always creamy. I am not sure what I do differently that makes it work, and not work. I think maybe I should start with my starter. I tried to use some from the batch before once, and that was the first time I had trouble so I have been using store bought to start it, but maybe it needs to be fresher, more active? The other thing I am thinking, maybe my crock is too hot on warm.

Yesterday's batch just wasnt doing much after even like 10 hours, so I added more yogurt. It thickened on up but it is not creamy. Once I run it through the bullet with a banana, it is fine, and it tastes fine regardless. But I am just wondering what I need to do to be consistent. I seem to use a different brand every time also. I am sort of thinking my trouble is with my starter.

My milk was not scalded. I didnt scorch my starter either. I made sure the milk had cooled off before I added yogurt, and then turned it back on to warm after it was mixed.

Maybe I should try fresh starter and/or the oven light method? I didnt take the temp while in the crock but it seems pretty warm, maybe too warm?

Thanks for any feedback :)
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    Thanks for reading! I think what I did this time, was not enough yogurt to start with. Before I thought I had put too much, and I am pretty sure this time it wasnt enough, so when I added more, it disturbed it too much. It still tastes fine, and when I blend it with fruit, it is creamy. :) If you like Greek Yogurt, you should try it. I can get a quart for about the cost of 2 quarts of milk, which is cheaper than a quart of store bought (unless my math is off, which is possible) :)
    1972 days ago
    Have never tried to Make my own Greek Yogurt - but your questions got me thinking so I went in search of some info ! I found this blog that kind of answered your questions - maybe ?

    I make a "Greek Style" yogurt by just straining out my plain low-fat yogurt through coffee filter. I have tried different types of yogurt with different results, and found one that works best for me - Mountain High.

    Good luck in your research !
    1972 days ago
    I've never tried doing my own yogurt, so I wouldn't have a clue what you've tried. From the various sites, it sounds like the temperature and the length of time you let it incubate can affect the consistency. Hope you figure it out. (Maybe, if you haven't already, you could write down any changes you make from one batch to the next in the starter, the milk you use, the time of each step, etc - and find some clues to what works best.)
    1972 days ago
    I have never made it but it sounds really good. you are doing your best to perfect it though!
    1972 days ago
    I am impressed that you try to make your own and that it's edible when you do, lol! Wish i had some pointers for you, but I have NO CLUE!!! Best of luck on figuring it out!
    1973 days ago
    You definitely get an A+ for effort. I am no cook so I applaud anyone who gives it a try.
    1973 days ago
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