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This is actually a recipe that Anne makes using the microwave and a yogurt cooker. She got this recipe from a college at her work. We have been making this recipe for a while recently, and as long as you have some yogurt left, you can make more and more yogurt from your previous batch. It is healthy and you can make so many things from it such as smoothies, frozen yogurt, sauces or eat it as it is topped with some fruits or nuts!
Making the yogurt:
The first thing to do is pour 4 cups of milk into a microwave proof measuring cup. We put it in a considerably bigger measuring cup in case the milk would bubble over.
Now, add the dry milk and mix util the lumps are as smooth as you can make them.
Put the milk mixture into the microwave and heat it for 10 minutes.
Once heated, insert a thermometer and let come down to approximately 105ºF. You may want to pour the milk mixture into the yogurt maker container as it may take less time to get to the appropriate temperature.
When it gets to 105ºF, add a heaping tablespoon of yogurt, if this is your first batch, use bought plain yogurt, otherwise, use the yogurt that you previously made (This is the cool thing about making yogurt).
We plugged in the yogurt maker, put on the first lid, then the second lid and let it cook for approximately 6-8 hours. This is what our yogurt maker looks like, but others may vary. Follow the instructions of whichever yogurt maker you have.
6 hours later, this is what it should look like.
You can technically eat it now, but it is best to chill for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. You could simply put it into a container, but we have a greek yogurt strainer, that drains the excess liquid and make it thicker. Just put the yogurt into the strainer over the drip catching bowl and cover the lid and refridgerate.
This is the strained greek yogurt only we put it in another container. You can use it just like any other yogurt.
Like this for instance! Topped with a mix of nuts and dried fruit. Enjoy anyway you'd like!
- Prep Time: 30 mins.
- Cook Time: 6 hrs.
- Total Time: 10 hrs. 30 mins.
- Yield: 1 quart 1x
- 4 cups milk, any fat content
- ⅓ cup dry milk
- 1 heaping Tbsp. plain yogurt, bought or leftover yogurt from previous batch
- In a quart sized microwave proof measuring cup or larger, mix the milk with the dry milk until mixed as best as you can with minimal lumps.
- Heat the mixture in the microwave for 10 minutes
- Once heated, let milk cool to about 105ºF.
- Add the yogurt and mix until incorporated.
- Pour the yogurt mixture into the yogurt maker and cook for 6-8 hours.
- Once the yogurt is done cooking, chill for at least 4 hours as is in a container or in a yogurt strainer to make it more thick and reduce liquid.
- Eat and use like any other yogurt.