A yoghurt maker is useful for making your own healthful yoghurt at home out of milk. With only a few simple steps, homemade yoghurt can be started in a yoghurt maker. After several hours in the warm environment of the yoghurt maker, the milk will turn into delicious and creamy yoghurt. Eat the yoghurt with a variety of toppings or use it for cooking and baking.
Prepare the Milk
Start with perfectly clean equipment and tools. Everything must be clean to prevent harmful bacteria from contaminating the yoghurt. Measure the milk according to the capacity of your yoghurt maker. Many yoghurt makers either make yoghurt in 1 quart and 2 quart amounts. Pour the milk into the top of a double boiler and place a thermometer into the milk to monitor the heating process. Heat until the milk reaches 82.2 degrees C. Leave the milk on the heat at this temperature for 2 minutes and remove from the heat.
Add a packet of unflavored gelatin to the milk, if desired, to help set the yoghurt and give it a firmer consistency. Allow the milk to stand at room temperature until it has cooled to between 42.2 and 44.4 degrees C. Stir the milk often as it is cooling to help it cool faster and to make sure that the temperature reading on the thermometer is accurate. When the milk reaches this temperature, combine one envelope of yoghurt starter with 6 tbsp of the cooled milk. Stir well to dissolve the starter and then pour the starter mixture into the cooled milk. Use a hand held mixer or an immersion blender to thoroughly mix the starter into the milk. It is very important that the starter be blended adequately.
Make the Yogurt
Prepare the yoghurt maker according to its specific design. Some yoghurt makers have small, individual containers for the yoghurt and others have one large container. Some yoghurt makers also require a small amount of lukewarm water be poured into the base to help create the proper temperature within the yoghurt maker.
Read and follow the instructions for your specific yoghurt maker. Pour the prepared milk into the yoghurt maker container or containers. Cover the yoghurt maker container(s) and cover the yoghurt maker. Plug the yoghurt maker in and set a timer for the incubating time required for your yoghurt maker. When the timer goes off, unplug the yoghurt maker and remove the yoghurt containers from the yoghurt maker. Promptly refrigerate the yoghurt.
Add honey, sugar, fresh fruit, maple syrup or granola to yoghurt for a fresh and tasty treat. Homemade yoghurt can also be used for baking and cooking in recipes that call for either yoghurt or buttermilk.