|Step 1 was easy: Milk. I got the milk out of the fridge and put it in a pot. One admission here? The recipe called for whole milk, and this was whole milk (non-homogenized), but I scooped out the cream and gave it to the cats. I suppose that makes it skim milk now.
Step 2, add a thermometer and heat the milk to 165F degrees. This kills anything that might have been living in the milk. I stirred constantly to keep the temperature consistent throughout the milk and to avoid allowing it to boil.
Then bring the temp down to 110F. This took a while. Go surf the internet and check it every 5-10 minutes. Then add yogurt. The recipe said 1 cup for every half gallon of milk. I estimated that I needed maybe 1/3 cup or so.
Then I covered it (as instructed) and left it in the oven (turned off) overnight.
When I woke up, I was so excited to see my yogurt! And... it was lumpy and had yellowy stuff floating on top. It was disgusting. I think I just ruined a bunch of good milk and good yogurt for no good reason.
Maybe straining it with cheesecloth would help? I got some cheesecloth and tied it around a bowl with string and poured the yogurt on top.
...And it all strained through into the bowl. Mostly.
So I guess this is it. My final product. Great.
It didn't even make that much!
I decided to give my yogurt connoisseurs a taste to see if they knew anything I didn't. Cat #1 meowed with joy that she was getting a treat, took a sniff, backed away, and stared at me.
Cat #2... too a sniff, then decided the cardboard from the cheesecloth was better than the yogurt.
And Cat #3? She didn't even want to go take a sniff at it.
What to do next? Well... Maybe I can use it in a smoothie?
Mmm. That worked. 1 ripe banana, "yogurt," a cup of frozen blueberries, and some maple syrup. Delicious. I hope this doesn't kill me.
From now on, I'm buying yogurt from the store.