I recently received a yogurt machine for my birthday. Ever the appliance-a-holic, I was thrilled, and set to work last night following the very simple recipe for basic yogurt that was written in the instruction manual. I let it ferment six hours - not too tart, but not too mild… then put the container in the fridge overnight (it really only needed a couple of hours, but I was beat). I woke up this morning and took a taste.
Bland (it’s just plain yogurt), but rich and thick and creamy! I started chopping up some fresh fruits and berries I had on hand, and put them all into separate jars I had handy., then mixed the yogurt into each Now I have a mason jar of peach, a mason jar of cherry, and a smaller jelly jar of strawberry. This stuff is to die for! What a difference fresh fruit and yogurt makes compared to the runny stuff I was buying at the store. I don’t think I can ever go back.
I did add a touch of sugar to the cherry yogurt, since they were a little tart themselves. The other two were sweet enough on their own.
What are your experiences with homemade yogurt? Did you use a simple machine, or develop your own method? Any unique and tasty recipes to share? I’ve only done simple chopped fruit so far, but the more I hunt in my cupboards, the more possibilities I see.
Yogurt lovers, unite!