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Old 09-29-2009, 02:27 AM
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Default Yogurt and other things to do with milk

So the wife and I got our daughter on WIC. One of the results of this is that we are now going to be getting a whole lot of whole milk.

We tried to make yogurt yesterday and failed. I was wondering if anyone out there has done it, and if they have any advice.

Also anyother good things to do with whole milk would be good to hear about.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:08 PM
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Make a half gallon at a time using a yogotherm. It's a lot easier and less washing than the "machines". We got an extra bucket and lid so we didn't have to fill a second container and we could just take the one out of the capsule and throw it in the fridge while the other one is being washed.

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Good bacteria culture. The site above sells some good cultures for different textures and flavors.
Cleanliness. Use the sanitize feature of a dishwasher for best results.
Temperature control. 180 is 180. Go too high and you get grainy texture from curdling. Too low on the way up and the milk isn't ready for the culture. If you loose too much heat on the way down before the culture, the capsule can't operate properly.

Once the first batch is done, you can take a sample out to hold for the next batch, but the bacteria "evolves" each time it's used. After two uses, it really starts to be noticeable and it's usually unusable after four uses. I suppose you could find a way to preserve a culture from use 1, but a new packet of culture every three of four weeks isn't expensive.

What problems are you having?

Once you get the yogurt going, cheese is an easy next step. Mozzarella is pretty easy in the microwave.
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:36 AM
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Thought I'd add to the conversation a bit:

Mozzarella

Yogurt

They have all the steps with photos. Start with yogurt and mozzarella and once you have them you can try some other soft cheeses and when you're ready to get equipment, try some hard cheeses like cheddar, jack and cheese curds.
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My wife was the one who did it, we're trying to do it without a yogurt maker, My guess is that the incubation didn't work out. She put the pot in the oven to insulate it. I think wrapping it in a towel might help.

We are low on funds, as neither of us have an income right now. SO we're trying to do this with what we already have around.

Cheese is a route that I hope to go with this eventually.
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Just leave milk in a sippy cup for a week. I think that is yogurt.
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The oven won't keep the temperature high enough. The thing about keeping the light on is fiction these days. You can use a small cooler with some hot water bottles in with the yogurt, though. The yogotherm is a pretty good deal, though. It holds 110F for a lot longer than necessary.
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