Friday, August 16, 2013

Salton Yogurt Maker

I got an old yogurt maker at a neighbor's yard sale.  She gave it to me. For free. It was made in the USA. She remembered having it in her youth.  Got passed down to her and she never used it. One man's hand-me-downs, well in this case, it's now my hand-me-down.

It has been sitting on my counter for over two weeks because we've been on vacation.

Just got back on Sunday and on Monday, I made my first batch of yogurt.

Just plain yogurt using this recipe:

Plugged in my Salton yogurt maker.
Heated 1 quart 1% milk to 180F with constant stirring.
Removed from stove and cooled down to 130F, then added 2 TBSP plain, nonfat Greek yogurt (Chobani) and stirred until completely incorporated (this is the starter culture to start the fermentation).

Poured into the cleaned ceramic jars. Closed the lids and left it alone for 10 hours.  Then place in refrigerator for several hours and it's ready to enjoy.

Result:  Slightly thinner than store bought but way tastier. Less acidic and the best part-the boys liked it with just blueberries!!!

Yesterday, I taught Koo to make it. This time, I made two changes:  added 1/4 cup of nonfat, dry milk (NFDM) to increase the thickeness and decreased the milk by 1/2 cup to accommodate the NFDM.  Oh, and the best part-I just used 2 TBSP of the yogurt I made on Monday as the starter!!!

Cost? About $1.25 for five 6 oz. cups. 

I'm so happy you bet I'm going back to my neighbor to giver her money for this. 

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