I saw the idea of making your own yogurt in a magazine. (I'm thinking it was Martha Stewart, but I can't tell you I'm 100% sure, because this page was torn out.) They say it always tastes better to make your own from scratch, and it was right on this time! I've never tasted such a naturally sweet plain yogurt before! I also realized how easy and cheep it is to actually do this! So if you'd like to experiment with this project like I did, here's what you do:
Gather all ingredients: All you need is a quart of milk and three tablespoons of plain yogurt as your starter. Also, make sure you have a quart jar to store your yogurt in.
Start off by heating the milk over med/high heat, heat it up to 180 degrese for 6-7 minutes. You can use a food thermometer, but I made a pretty good guess and it turned out great. Remove from burner and cool to 115 degrees.
Take one cup of the milk and wisk with the three tablespoons of yogurt. Pour everything into your jar.
Wrap the jar with two kitchen towels around the sides and over the top, without the lid. Let set in a warm place for 4-5 hours. The towels help it stay a constant temperature. The longer you let it set, the more sweet/tart it will be. put it in the fridge until cool and then screw on lid.
Mine turned out sweeter than I was expecting, so just by adding a sweet fruit, it's a perfect breakfast and my little dude gobbled his whole bowl up!
You can continue to make it with the same yogurt, just make sure you save the three table spoons.