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Homemade YogurtNow that I’ve got homemade preserves to last until Doomsday, I need to eat them.  They are delicious on toast, or scones, but I really love stirring a spoonful or two of preserves into a bowl of plain yogurt.

However, I am an actor on a budget, and yogurt (especially Greek yogurt – the kind I like) is expensive.  I’m paying $6 for a 500g tub of yogurt, and I can easily eat that whole tub in three days.  (Confession:  I like to give some yogurt to the chickens every couple days, too).

Thank goodness for nearly-expired, discounted milk.  Seriously.  I bought bargain milk this week and made my own yogurt.  It was surprisingly simple.  Making yogurt is a great way to “preserve” milk.  It doesn’t even have to be fancy organic milk or even whole milk – regular grocery store milk, skim or whatever, will work just fine.

Here’s the recipe I used (cobbled together from various internet sources):

  • 2 litres of skim milk (or whatever is on sale)
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (Can only contain milk, or cream, and active bacterial cultures.  If it has sugar or aspartame in it, it won’t work.  Once you’ve got your own yogurt on the go, be sure to save a couple tablespoons for your next batch!)

That’s it.  Heat the milk to 170 F, then remove from the heat and let it cool to 110 F.  Put some of the milk in a smaller bowl and whisk in the yogurt, then whisk the yogurt/milk mixture into the rest of the milk.  Pour into warm quart jars and seal.  Wrap them in towels and let them sit in a warm place for at least 8 hours.  Done and done – you’ve made yogurt!  Hurrah!  It’ll keep in the fridge for about two weeks.How to Make Yogurt

(If you’re a visual learner, check out this website for detailed instructions)

I remember reading a short story in high school, set in the future, where computers were used for everything and people had forgotten how to do the simplest things for themselves.  Then one day, a man discovered he could do math in his head without his computer.  At first he was amazed at his mental super powers, then he felt incredible freedom, and finally realized how powerful he could be if or when the computers failed.

It sounds so silly, but discovering how easy it is to make my own yogurt has been incredibly empowering.  And when that Zombie Apocalypse comes, people will be banging down my door asking me to make yogurt for them.  Well, probably not.  We’ll probably be more concerned with killing zombies than making yogurt.

Now if only I had a goat to give me milk . . .

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