I recently purchased a Euro Cuisine yogurt maker and have been using it on a weekly basis since then. I have been making plain yogurt and eating it with granola or adding it to smoothies and it’s so much better than store bought! Also this machine is very user friendly 🙂
I tried several different fat contents of milk and have settled on 1% milk as that is what we drink in the house. If you wanted a higher fat content yogurt you could use 2% or 3.25% milk.
Start off by making sure your equipment is very clean. I clean the yogurt jars in the dishwasher and the lids in soap and water.
I use an empty yogurt jar and add 7 filled jars of milk to a deep sauce pan and set it over medium heat. I whisk it gently to make sure it heats evenly and doesn’t scorch or get a skin on it. This is where the quick read thermometer comes in handy! The milk heats, but shouldn’t be boiling.
Once the milk reaches 180 degrees F take it off the element and let it cool a bit until it comes down to 112 degrees F. This can take approximately 30 minutes depending on how cool your home is.
At this point you add the culture and an optional addition is 1/4 cup of skim milk powder to make it a bit thicker. This is a personal preference 🙂 Whisk until dissolved. Try not to froth it up too much or you won’t have enough room for your milk in the jars.
I transfer the milk from the saucepan to a glass measuring cup which makes it easier to pour into the jars. I usually make 7 jars, which is one layer because it’s only me eating the yogurt, but you have the capability to make 14 jars (2 layers) at once. Very handy for a growing family!
Place the jars, lids off, in the base of the yogurt maker and cover with the plastic cover. On top of that place the lids and then the top cover covers the lids. Set the timer and you are on your way to creamy, tasty, homemade yogurt ❤ Make sure no one unplugs the machine while its cooking 😦
You have the ability to add chopped fruit or jam to the yogurt for flavour prior to cooking, but, I like plain and then I can customize it at breakfast. Depending on what fruit is in season the options are endless. I also make some homemade granola that I add on.
Once the time is up, you put the lids on and place the jars in the fridge. The lids have little date markers on them so you can either set the date for 10 days from the day you are making them (best before date) or the date you made the yogurt.
I hope you are able to try this as it really takes the mystery out of making your own yogurt!
LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤ Charlene