Sunday, January 23, 2011
Seasonal Sunday: Crockpot Yogurt recipe.
I didn't exactly make a New Year's resolution. I do strive to be more green and earth friendly. I already am on the right path, but there is always room for improvement. There are many things I already do so what could I change? Hmm. Last year we did away with using paper plates and the year before bottled water. Ok, I'll admit I use fun party plates at my kid's birthday parties, but that's it. But you won't find a bottle of water at one. Anyway, I tapped my chin for days. Then as I was scrolling through the blogs that I follow I saw Katie has been making yogurt for a while on the stove (and in a large cooler lol-LUV it!). She explains it's awesomly. Is that a word? I searched the internet too. Since I only wanted to do a small test run I went with Sofya's crockpot recipe with a touch of Katie here and there.
Crockpot Yogurt SofyKat Style (I was so excited to merge their names!!)
Go get it:
4T plain yogurt (Sofya says 2T, but I went against her wishes and with Katie's instructions....oh geeze.....)
Really there are no more ingredients unless you count yummy mix-ins to flavor it with after all is said and done.
You will want to grab a beach towel, thermometer, and storage containers.
Go make it:
Note: Make sure you start this early in the morn to give yourself enough time. Mine took about 12 hours from start to my mouth. Your first time making something always takes longer too.
1. In your crockpot (I used a 4.5 quart size) add your whole milk. Set on low and let her go until she (are your kitchen appliances female as well?) reaches between 180 and 190 degrees F. This is to ensure an environment free of bacteria for your cultures to grow. I was under the impression this would take between 2 and 3 hours. Goodness no. Of course not. Does it ever go as planned? Wink wink. 3 and a 1/2 hours later my candy thermometer is stuck around 160. I was using a probe thermometer, but all of a sudden the temp jumped from 155 to 193. I knew something was not right in Fahrenheitland. I did a quick battery then calibration check and yuppers all was awry. I swapped my candy thermometer and turned my crockpot on high for about 30 minutes. This helped. I wouldn't have done this, but I didn't start this until almost lunch time.
2. After the milk reaches your target temperature it needs to cool a bit. Sounds counterproductive, but trust me. Leave crockpot covered and rest for (you have a few options here ladies and gents) a) three hours or so on the counter b) about an hour in a freezing garage c) in a sink filled partially with ice water for about 30 minutes until the temperature drops between 100-110 degrees. Incubation happens between 90-120. That's exactly what we want. To incubate. Now warmer isn't better in this case. You can't speed up the process by upping the temperature. This is where a probe thermometer that you can set to go off when ready is helpful. Too bad mine all cucku cachoo. Note to self calibrate thermometers more often. Now if you miss your target temp no need to panic. You can just turn your crockpot back on low until you get back up to your desired temp. Sofya prefers 110 degrees and Katie likes her yogurt at 100 degrees. I m not sure what you prefer, but I went with the 100 degree temperature too. I figured next time I can go from there.