HOMEMADE VANILA-MAPLE YOGURT


INGREDIENTS:

1 qt milk (you can choose any milk you like from fat-free to whole)

1 pckg yogurt starter

7 tbs dry milk

1 tbs vanilla

1/3 cup maple syrup

 

DIRECTIONS

Pour milk into a medium-size saucepan and turn the heat to low.  Warm up the milk to 180⁰ F (approx.  80⁰C), steering to avoid burning.   On my small gas burner it takes about 15 minutes.

Immediately take the milk off the gas and chill to 110⁰ F (approx. 40⁰ C).  The process could be expedited if you place the saucepan into a bigger dish filled with ice cubes.

Meanwhile, measure the other ingredients, and turn on the yogurt maker to warm it up.

Once the milk reaches 110⁰ F (approx. 40⁰ C), pour about 1/3 of it into a mixing bowl.  Whisk in the yogurt starter.  Once yogurt starter is dissolved, whisk in dry milk.  Mix in vanilla and maple syrup. 

Pour the mixture into the remaining milk through a fine strainer.  Mix to incorporate and pour into the yogurt jars.  Place the open jars in the yogurt maker and cover them with the top. 

Let process for about 7 hours or until your yogurt reaches desired consistency. 

Turn the yogurt maker off.  Remove the jars and cover them with individual lids.  Immediately place your yogurt into the fridge in order to stop the fermentation.

NOTES: If you read the directions above, yogurt recipe actually is “extremely easy”.  However, it does require attention.  The higher the temperatures - the more acidic the flavor, same goes for longer processing times.  We were trying to make yogurt based on the Gottschall’s recipes from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  Her version requires at least 24 hours of processing time in order to kill all lactose.  The end result was so acidic, it even smelled sour.  We could only use it as a flavor enhancer for soups and such.  Also, fortifying yogurt with dry milk gives you a more nutritious product, though it makes it much thicker.  We like it thick, so it works for us, but the yogurt will still taste good without it.