I've always been a yogurt lover and eat it nearly every day. A few weeks ago, my mom gave me an electric yogurt maker which I finally tried, successfully. Since a few of you were asking about the process, I (of course) took some photos along the way to blog about it.
Step 1 was to gather the ingredients. I bought a quart of Rhody Fresh whole milk, and for a starter yogurt, for the live cultures, I picked up some Narragansett Creamery yogurt at the Farmers Market. (A delicious yogurt itself.)
The yogurt maker makes it pretty foolproof. First you heat up the milk until it gives off some steam and starts to bubble around the edges, then you let it cool until the handy temperature hits the point that says "add starter."
When it hits that point, you mix some of the hot milk with 1-2 spoonfuls of your starter yogurt, then add that to the milk and stir it all together. Then you simply fill the cups, and put the lid on the yogurt maker and set the timer. It recommended 10 hours for the first batch, which I did.
After the correct amount of time, you pop them into the fridge for at least 3-4 hours. The first batch was a little thinner than I prefer, so I think the next batch I'll adjust my time to make it a little thicker. Still, the flavor was delicious, I'm sure mostly because the ingredients I started with were so delicious. (As a milk drinker, I can attest to Rhody Fresh being the most delicious milk available in my local stores. It's so full of flavor!)
I love to mix up my yogurt with some of my favorite homemade granola that my good friend Kara makes. (I blogged about our barter before. I send her books or stationery, and she sends me granola! If only I could send her yogurt through the mail.)