Types of Yogurt Storage Containers

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Types of Yogurt Storage Containers
Yoghurt storage containers should be clean and tightly covered. (yaourt aux fruits image by Loic LUCIDE from Fotolia.com)

Homemade yoghurt is made with live active cultures. Once all of the ingredients have been properly introduced, the yoghurt will need to incubate for 12 hours at a temperature of 32.2 to 43.3 degrees C before cooling. Store yoghurt in a clean, tightly covered container in order to prevent contamination.

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Clay Pots

In the Middle East, yoghurt is traditionally made and stored in clay pots, as clay can withstand a variety of temperatures. The yoghurt may be incubated and stored in this type of container, making it a good choice for use with homemade yoghurt. Use either one large pot, or several smaller pots to store the yoghurt. Clay pots should be tightly covered with cling film when used to store yoghurt.

Types of Yogurt Storage Containers
Clay pots are available in many sizes and shapes. (clay pots image by Andrey Ivanov from Fotolia.com)

Glass Containers

Glass containers are a popular choice for use in yoghurt storage. Glass containers are versatile enough to withstand both heating and cooling. Glass canning jars or recycled baby food jars with lids make excellent yoghurt storage containers. Specially designed glass yoghurt jars are also available online and at speciality stores. Many varieties of commercially sold yoghurt machines provide a set of 177ml glass yoghurt jars along with the machine.

Types of Yogurt Storage Containers
Glass jars are a good choice for yoghurt storage. (jars with blue lids image by Michael Shake from Fotolia.com)

Plastic Containers

Plastic containers are often used for storing homemade yoghurt. If the plastic is to be used during the incubation process as well as for cold storage, select a variety that is dishwasher- and microwave-safe. This will help to ensure that the plastic can withstand the warmer temperatures required for incubation of the yoghurt. Plastic containers that are made of polycarbonate are a good choice. Any type of plastic container can be used for cold storage of the yoghurt.

Types of Yogurt Storage Containers
Any type of plastic container can be used for cold storage. (Colourful containers image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.com)

Recycled Containers

Homemade yoghurt is often stored in recycled store-bought yoghurt or cottage cheese containers. This type of container is used for the cold storage phase only. It is not recommended that recycled containers be used during the incubation process, as they tend to break down easily. If using recycled containers, be sure to wash and dry both containers and lids thoroughly before storing yoghurt.

Types of Yogurt Storage Containers
Recycled containers are a popular choice for cold storage of yoghurt. (yaourt image by danimages from Fotolia.com)

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