Finding yogurt in packaging other than plastic is near to impossible. If you’re trying to go zero waste making your own yogurt is a great solution!
There are so many reasons why it’s good to make your own yogurt. Homemade yogurt has lots of beneficial bacteria that are good for your gut and good for you. It’s also a great way to reduce plastic in your kitchen and can save you money. And let’s not forget it is delicious!
It’s also super easy to make at home. All you need is milk and a tablespoon of yogurt.
What you need
- 1 litre of good quality full-fat milk, preferably unhomogenised. If you have access to raw milk that is even better. Unhomogenised means it has the cream still intact. The better the quality of milk, the better the yogurt.
- 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt with the probiotics in it. You get this from a previous batch of homemade yogurt, there are places where you can buy yogurt starter cultures online or just use a spoonful of the best quality shop-bought yogurt with all the good probiotics in it (not flavoured).
- 1 litre container to store the yogurt in, this can be any jar with a lid or you can use a yogurt making kit which has the jar and thermos included.
- 1 thermos/esky to hold jar/jars. Again this might be from a yogurt making kit or you can use any small esky.
- 1 small saucepan
- A milk thermometer with precise measurements.
- A whisk or metal spoon to stir.
- Measure out enough milk to fill the jar you are going to use.
- Pour into a saucepan and heat on the stove. You can use a double boiler if you want to make sure the milk doesn’t burn. A simple saucepan is fine, just stir it regularly and make sure the milk doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn.
- Check the temperature regularly and take off the heat at 93˚C. This is just before it reaches a rolling boil.
- Immediately place the saucepan and milk in cool water. This will bring the temperature of the milk down. Again measure the temperature regularly and take out of the cold water when it gets down to 35-40˚C.
- When milk is between 35-40˚C stir your 2 tbs of yogurt into the milk.
- Pour the milk mixture into the jar you are using.
- Place the sealed jar into the esky of warm water. You want to keep the milk at around 45˚C. This is the ideal temperature for the good bacteria in the milk to flourish.
- Leave in a warm spot for 12-18 hours. Check the temperature of the water several times during this time and add more warm water if necessary. Leave in a warm place and even wrap blankets around it to keep it extra warm. The longer you leave it the more tart the flavour. I often leave mine for 24 hours.
- Check to make sure the yogurt is coagulated. It should be quite firm but still a bit loose. It will become more firm in the fridge.
- Place in the fridge to set.
Keen to give some more zero waste, plastic-free recipes a whirl? Why not try out this delicious peach ice cream recipe, have a go at making your own DIY greaseproof baking paper, or turn your attention to the bathroom and make your own deodorant.