Friday, December 31, 2010

Stop using plastic yogurt containers today

It is unbelievably easy to make your own yogurt. I made yogurt for the first time last week and now am wondering why I never tried before. There are directions all over the web. It is so easy:
  • Heat milk to 180-185 degrees (use a candy or meat thermometer).
  • Rinse a large glass jar (or a couple of jars) with boiling water.
  • Let milk cool to 110 degrees.
  • Stir in a couple of tablespoons of yogurt, pour into jar(s), and put on a lid.
  • Wrap the jar(s) with towels and place in unheated oven. (I actually turned on the oven to 200 degrees very briefly before putting the yogurt in.)
  • Let it sit for 7 hours (I actually started too late in the day, so I just let it sit until morning: 12 hours. If it went bad, you would quickly smell it.)
  • If it is thickened, then place it in the refrigerator.
We also use local milk, so it is tasty and has less of a carbon footprint. Very easy, and no more plastic containers.

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