What happened to my yogurt?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by 2DogsFarm, May 14, 2009.

  1. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    I tried the crockpot yogurt recipe from this link:

    http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html

    I used 2% milk and Dannon Natural yogurt and the result came out thin.
    It IS yogurt, just not as thick as I like.
    Right now I have a pint draining through a coffee filter in the fridge to see if that helps. But if it does it will reduce even farther the amount of yogurt from the recipe.
    As it was, I only got 4 pints from the 1/2 gallon of milk.

    Anyone have a suggestion for getting a thicker yogurt?
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Did you use milk that was ultra-pasteurized? If so, it won't thicken b/c it doesn't have the proper enzymes.
     
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Well I'm trying that this weekend! As much yogurt as my son and I eat that would be much cheaper for that amount of yogurt. I wonder if you can use straight from the cow though?
     
  4. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Quote:Hmmmm...don't know, it was supermarket milk.
    Next time I'll check the carton.

    It would be nice if I could get it to work the way I want as the cost is about 1/2 the cost of store-bought yogurt.
    And I imagine I could use some of my homemade as starter for the next batch - then it would be FREE!
     
  5. luvarabhorses

    luvarabhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try this:
    Add 1/2 cup dry milk from the box
    Add 1/2 teaspoon of pectin (expensive)
    Add 1 teaspoon Knox gelatin (cheaper)

    I can't say if you can just use one or the other. I had both in my cabinet
    so I just added a little of both. Try dumping it back in the crock pot and adding these things, occasionally stirring (2 or 3 times in 12 hours).

    hope that helps
     
  6. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just the gelatin will work. It won't be noticable until after it is refrigerated but it works great!
     
  7. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you let if drain long enough, you will have yogurt cheese.
     
  8. zippy11455

    zippy11455 Out Of The Brooder

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    Two ways to make a thicker yogurt that have worked for me. Use whole milk and mix in some powdered milk. My yogurt is really thick. A spoon will stand up in it.
     
  9. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Thanks all
    I have neither gelatin or pectin in my cupboard [​IMG]

    Draining all day in the fridge produced a thicker yogurt, but it lost about half its volume.
    At that rate I'm breaking even on the first batch but if I can use the homemade for starter, I'll save on the second.

    I'm going to try again with non-ultrpasteurized milk (if I can find it at the market).
    Antother thought is my hayguy who has some dairy cattle - maybe I could get a 12/ gallon from him.

    And I can try the powdered milk tip too - the pantry I volunteer at has that so I won't have to buy any to try it out.
     

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