What have I learned? Two successes out of five and the reason why? Me and my foggy Mommy brain. Please tell me Mommy brain really does exist so I have an excuse for my spaced out behaviour. I adapted my recipe from this site. Making your own yogurt is not complicated people, remembering that I am in the process of making yogurt and to follow the steps apparently is beyond my current capacity. Here are the steps I followed.
1. Heat 4 cups/1 liter milk to 180F. - in my slow cooker this took about 1.5 hours. Most recipes used 8 cups/ 2 liters, but I suspected I may have trouble and didn't want to waste too much milk.
2. Turn off heat and let milk cool to 110F, this usually takes 3-3.5 hours.
4. Wisk the mixture back into the crockpot. Cover. I usually put it on low for 10-15min to get it back up to 110F. Then leave it for 8-10 hours. The first few times I covered it with a big towel, then I remembered the insulation bag the crockpot came with and used it.
5. Voila. 1 liter of homemade yogurt. I usually strained some of it overnight in the fridge with a coffee filter or cheesecloth over a strainer and in the morning had delicious yogurt cheese to spread on toast.
Where did I got wrong? It was always the forgetting that I was making yogurt that day. Once in the reheating up to 110F I forgot to set the timer and headed out the door with the girls. When I got home I'd overheated it and killed the bacteria in the starter (yogurt added in). Another time I got home late and forgot all about the yogurt ready and waiting for me to transfer it to the fridge. Finally I didn't calculate out how long it would take me, which resulted in it being ready 2 hours after I go to bed. I took it off early and drained it in the fridge for yogurt cheese...so it was salvaged. Really not huge fails, more just pains.
I think it is time for me to give my friend's mom a call. I remember her always having a batch of homemade yogurt on the go that we would use to complement the delicious, spicy East Indian food she made. I'm sure her method is less complicated that mine! Maybe I can get her paratha recipe at the same time. Salivating just thinking of it.
Have you ever made homemade yogurt? Do you have an easier method?