Do not get overwhelmed! When you first think, Homemade Yogurt! And when you first read the recipe, try not to freak out! It is not as hard as it looks! After making the homemade yogurt two or three times it will be as easy and routine as making tea! I promise!
First let me start off by giving you a tip that Lucy, owner a great website you will get to know well http://www.scdkitchen.com/, told me one day when I called asking about yogurt ideas. She recommends making the yogurt with Half & Half. It helps take away the tartness.
You have two options in purchasing your yogurt machine and starters.
The Yogourmet machine is sold on Lucy’s Kitchen website http://www.scdkitchen.com/yogour-met.html. It comes with a 2-quart container to make the yogurt. Yogourmet also has a yogurt starter, also sold on Lucy’s Kitchen website http://www.scdkitchen.com/yogour-met.html#starter.
The Euro Cuisine Yogurt machine makes seven pint size yogurts at a time http://www.target.com/p/Euro-Cuisine-Automatic-Yogurt-Maker-YM100/-/A-11078047. They go great into the fridge. Please note that the Euro Cuisine also has yogurt starter http://www.target.com/p/Euro-Cuisine-All-Natural-Yogurt-Starter-5-pk/-/A-10393606. This yogurt starter contains different bacteria, but it is also scd legal. I highly recommend purchasing the extra yogurt containers http://www.target.com/p/Euro-Cuisine-Set-of-8-Glass-Jars-for-Yogurt-Maker/-/A-10270630. Most of us scd mom’s have this yogurt machine, for the convenience of storing in the fridge.
Now that you have your yogurt maker it’s time to make yogurt! Do not confuse yourself reading the instructions on how to make yogurt that come with your yogurt maker! Most of the directions say to leave the yogurt in the machine 6-8 hours. SCD yogurt must stay in the machine for 24 hours! Then rest in the refrigerator 8 hours before eating.
Yogurt recipe from Breaking the Vicious Cycle: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/knowledge_base/kb/yoghurt_scd.htm
My summarized recipe of her recipe using my Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker & Starter:
- Put 42 oz. half & half in boiler with candy thermometer.
- Put on medium-high heat and watch and stir occasionally until temperature reaches around 180 degrees (almost boiling).
- Turn temperature down to low heat and stir constantly at this temperature for 2 minutes.
- Take off burner and let set until temperature reaches around 110 degrees. (I set my timer for about 30-35 minutes and then it’s getting close to being cooled down to the correct temperature. Be sure to take the skim off the top of the milk and stir then check temperature.)
- Have starter in a small bowl and pour small amount (about ½ cup) of warm milk into bowl and mix with whisk. Add a little more milk and whisk until you are sure all starter is mixed.
- Pour starter milk into rest of warm milk and stir until mixed well. (I use a ladel to scoop the warm milk and put into the individual serving cups.)
- With this yogurt machine you do not put the lids on the container. You put the jars on machine and the clear plastic lid on.
- NOTE: The timer hours on the machine only go up to 15 hours. You will have to let the milk cook in the machine for 24 hours, so you will have to unplug the machine and restart it midway. (I usually start mine between 5-8pm and I know 12-15 hours later at 8-11 the next morning I need to turn the machine back on. And I know the next evening when the yogurt is finished and ready to go into the fridge I will be home.)
- After the yogurt has been in the machine for 24 hours, put the lids on the jars and they must sit in the fridge for 8 hours before eating. (I have accidentally forgotten to take the yogurt off after 24 hours and gone over a few hours, the yogurt was fine.)
- PLEASE NOTE: You have to figure out a schedule that works best for you when making yogurt. You have to remember that you it will take about 45 minutes to an hour when boiling the milk until it goes into the machine to start. And you will need to make sure when you start the yogurt that you will be home the next day, 24 hours later, to put the yogurt into the fridge. I always put a note to myself beside the yogurt maker reminding me what time I started the yogurt. This also reminds me that in 12-15 hours before the yogurt automatically turns off that I need to restart the machine so the timer restarts.
I promise this is NOT difficult after you make it a couple of times! I love having the extra pint containers, so whenever I have seven clean containers I know it’s time to make more yogurt.
Yogurt is great for making smoothies and homemade ice cream. Please look under recipes for homemade ice cream and yogurt idea blogs!