Making Yoghurt

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Yoghurt, red currant compote and pecans in honey

I had a mini life-changing experience at the weekend – I finally got round to making my own yoghurt. It is so easy. It also means that now I no longer have to buy yoghurt, I can make my own from raw milk from the calf at foot dairy. I am sure that the Yeo Valley organic cows are happy cows, but I know exactly how the cows are kept by Fiona, and importantly the calves get to stay with their mums and are naturally weaned + it is very local.

No more buying yoghurt thanks to this little yoghurt maker

No more buying yoghurt thanks to this little yoghurt maker

To make the yoghurt. I took one and a half pints of raw milk and brought it to the boil and then simmered it for about 7 minutes. After that I let it cool down until it was about 45C. I then popped it in the machine with 2 tsp of Yeo valley yoghurt and switched it on. You are meant to leave it for 8 hours, but I left mine for more like 16 hours.

Yoghurt from the machine

Yoghurt from the machine

I like very thick yoghurt so I strained it through muslin after removing it from the machine – it became very thick – you could slice it. While this is nice for some things – especially having with fruit and honey, I might not drain it so much next time as occasionally I want a looser yoghurt. I fed the whey to the dogs who loved it.

Draining yoghurt

Draining yoghurt

Very thick yoghurt

Very thick yoghurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

asparagus and poached eggs with thick yoghurt

asparagus and poached eggs with thick yoghurt

I also had the yoghurt for lunch one day with steamed asparagus, two poached duck eggs and some salt and Turkish rubbed chilli sprinkled on top.

4 responses to “Making Yoghurt

  1. I tried it myself, but the cheater’s way starting from yucky supermarket yoghurt. I was able to get a texture approaching real Greek yoghurt (not the kind sold in the supermarket that claims to be Greek yoghurt-like). I yoghurt thick and creamy as well and have it most days with berries, honey, peanuts etc

  2. When I read your comment, I first thought it was sting -y – then I realised it was stingy – but both work I think. I am really excited about getting some honey from our bees – maybe this year? On Monday I had to do an emergency artificial swarm – such a steep learning curve this beekeeping malarky. Your blog is very helpful on the subject – I love reading it.

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