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International yogurt lover

Ever wonder why the yogurt you eat when traveling is so much better than the commercial yogurt you find in the US? Yogurt is my go-to breakfast when I am traveling simply because I love discovering the many luscious, not-too-sweet, additive-free yogurts that are abundant outside the states.

Infatuated with Aussie yogurt

On a recent trip to Sydney I discovered a creamy hand-crafted yogurt that is swirled with fresh passionfruit, mango and berries. The stuff is insanely delicious and there is no commercial American yogurt that comes close. I returned home determined to replicate it. I bought a Euro Cuisine yogurt maker and began experimenting. My recipe is not an exact duplicate of the Australian yogurt, but it is darn close. It takes a few minutes active preparation time and 8 to 12 hours to incubate. I make several batches a week as my family rebels when we run out.

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Sweeten with raw honey

I use organic locally grown raw honey to sweeten my yogurt. Raw honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti fungal properties and is rich in antioxidants. Honey has been shown to have many medicinal properties, including controlling blood glucose levels, lowering cholesterol, aiding in digestion and boosting the immune system. Honey degrades at high temperatures and loses its nutritional value so avoid processed commercial honey.

Flavor after incubation

I have experimented with flavoring the yogurt before it incubates, but am happiest with a lightly sweetened, raw honey yogurt without additional flavoring. I add fresh fruit, jam, roasted fruits or granola to the yogurt after incubation. My very favorite, is adding fresh passionfruit to the yogurt, just like the Aussies do.

Really, making yogurt is easy

Making yogurt is quick and easy, but there are a few concepts you need to understand. Read my method post on how to make yogurt before you get started.

Honey yogurt
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Serves: 7 servings
 
Who new curdled milk could be sooo good? Devoid of sugar and additives, homemade yogurt is rich in probiotics that keep your blood pressure and cholesterol down, your immune system functioning, and protect against cancer, inflammation and ulcers. And did I mention home made yogurt is delicious and simple to make?
Ingredients
  • 42 oz 2% organic milk, preferably with DHA Omega 3
  • 3 T Greek plain non-fat yogurt or other with multiple live and active cultures and no preservatives.
  • 3 T raw honey (more or less to taste)
  • ½ cup powdered milk
Instructions
  1. Pour milk in a clean 8-cup pyrex measuring cup. Microwave on high for about 14 minutes. Your goal is to get the milk up to about 180 degrees, or just before boiling. Every microwave will be different, so use a cooking thermometer and adjust the time as needed.
  2. In a small clean bowl whisk honey and yogurt together. The yogurt is your starter.
  3. Remove the milk from the microwave. A skin may have formed on the top. Use a clean spoon to remove. This may occur a few times as you let the milk cool. Remove the skin as it forms. Allow to cool to between 112 and 118 degrees. Whisk in the powdered milk. Pour a splash of the cooled milk into your bowl of honey and yogurt mixture and whisk together to thin. Pour the thinned honey-yogurt-milk mixture back into the measuring cup containing the cooled milk. Whisk to incorporate. Pour into glass containers, put into yogurt maker, set the time for 8-12 hours and turn machine on.

 

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  1. jean says:

    omg… it was so easy to make i couldn’t believe it. so so so!!! much better than store-bought yogurt. wow!!!!

  2. sara says:

    What if you dont have a yoghurt maker?!

    1. Kim says:

      Hi Sara –

      There are lots of ways to make yogurt without a yogurt maker. After all, yogurt has been made for at least 1,000 years, long before a yogurt maker was invented. Various methods include, sitting in the sun on a warm porch step wrapped in a towel, putting in a very low oven (100 degrees), putting in a thermos or cooler wrapped in a towel, wrapping in a heating pad set on low, setting in a crockpot set very very low. There are many ways to go. The idea is to keep it at a fairly constant 110-112 degrees.

      In general, I am not a big fan of single-use appliances, but I love my yogurt maker. It is easy, foolproof, and I love the little single-serving containers. I literally use it at least once a week, and more often when my kids are home.

      Please let us know if you stumble on a great method for making yogurt without a yogurt maker!

  3. Holly says:

    I use my oven as an incubator. After heating the milk I put pour into a glass or ceramic bowl. Once it has cooled to the correct temperature I add the starter, place it in my oven, put a bath towel over the top and around the sides of the bowl, turn on the oven light to keep it warm and leave it for 12 hrs.

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Hi Holly,

      Yes, there are many ways to make yogurt without a yogurt maker. I have a friend who lived in Australia who would just wrap her yogurt in a towel and put it in the sun on her front porch. Others will wrap it in a heating blanket, or set it in a slow cooker on very low, or do as you do and put it in the oven with a light on. I like to use my yogurt maker because I like to make it in the individual glass jars that come with it, and because it is a no-brainer for me once I put it in and set the timer. I agree 100%, however, that a yogurt maker is not necessary. Whatever method you use, once you start making homemade yogurt, you will never go back to store bought!

  4. Alison says:

    I have been making wonderful yogurt for years without a yogurt maker. I have a huge kitchen, but refuse to add another single-use piece of equipment. The only exact temperature to worry about is the one which kills the culture – most ‘warm’ temps below this will allow it to culture nicely. I use a warmed oven, but a friend suggested a heat wrap (normally used for a sore neck) around the pot/bowl on the counter.

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Hi Alison, you are exactly right you do not need a yogurt maker to make yogurt. I also understand your hesitation to purchase more equipment. Many people use their oven on very low, or even with just the light of the oven on. Another option is to use a slow cooker set on very low. Electric heat pads are also used and I have a friend who lived in Australia who just put a pot of yogurt out on her front step where it was nice and warm. That said, I like my yogurt maker for several reasons: 1) I make yogurt a lot, and it is easy for me to make a batch, put it in the yogurt maker, set the time and not think about it. 2) I like the little glass jars that come with it. They are the perfect size for a single serving of yogurt.

      The important thing is to just make yogurt, whatever method you use. Homemade is so much better than store bought!

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