Simple Saturday: Friendship Yogurt

Okay, my mouth is watering as I type. Yogurt! Yogurt! I love homemade Simple Saturday Friendship Yogurt! Love it! Love it! Love it!!!!

Let's make some right now!

Click here for Janice Scully's, my VCFA pal, recipe.  But let's add a bit of Simple Saturday pictorial flair to the mix, shall we?

Here's a shot of the necessary ingredients. I particularly like the way the items have been arranged on the gingham dish towel. Nice touch, Janice. Really nice.

And here are the 7 easy steps to making yummy Friendship Yogurt. Dannon, look out...because here we come.

Gotta love a man who is good in the kitchen.Step 1) If you are using powdered milk, add it to the milk and Heat in the saucepan on low-med heat, to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring often to prevent burning. It will be steaming hot, but not yet boiling. This is called “scalding” the milk. Remove it from the stove.  Be careful! 

Step 2) Let the milk cool on the counter to 120 degrees. This will take about a half-hour. Meanwhile fill the cooler with hot water to warm the cooler. 

Step 3) When the milk has cooled to 120 degrees, quickly and gently add the yogurt to the pan of warm milk. Stir it well, but don’t worry if there are a few lumps.

 Step 4) Pour warm milk and yogurt into the glass jar and screw lid on. 

Go, Phillip! Go!!!Step 5) Incubate.  Empty the water from the cooler. Now place the jar in cooler. Pour in several inches of very warm tap water, at around 110-120%, around the jar to an inch below the lid of the jar. Screw on the lid to the cooler and wrap it in fleece. Your goal is to keep the temperature between 90-110% Fahrenheit. 

Step 6) After six hours, remove the jar.  Yogurt should be firm and still feel warm. Place it in refrigerator. It will keep at least two weeks. Save 2 Tablespoons for your next batch. 

Step 7) Enjoy! Put as much as you want in a bowl. Add honey or maple syrup to sweeten it. Then add fresh fruit, applesauce, granola, raisins, or dried nuts. Be creative.

Step 7 is definitely my favorite. How about you?

Well...have a yummy-in-the-tummy-spoon-likin-blueberry tasting-slickety-slurping Simple Saturday, pal.

I'll see you back here next week.