Alice laughed, "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-Alice in Wonderland
-Alice in Wonderland
I got that feeling this morning. You know, when you wake up in the morning after a great night's sleep, confirm the hubby and little one are still in dreamland, and you think I'm going to take over the world today!! Yes, that was lucky enough to be me. It was 5:52 a.m. Brewed a cup of herbal tea, turned NPR on the radio, and said "let's do this!"
So what did I do? What any other over-ambitous work-from-home Mom would do - I made sixteen quarts of homemade yogurt. That's right, sixteen. (Needless to say, we love our yogurt around here.) Was it worth it? You bet your bootie.
This is Amana's first-ever yogurt face at 7 months.
Not very convincing I know. But now, a few months later, this little lady just can't get enough of the stuff. Plain, with fruit, on pancakes, in oatmeal, even lukewarm with soggy Cheerios, or licked off her highchair tray - she'll eat it any which way she can get it.
The added bonus, of course, is that plain yogurt (naturally sugar-free) is super good for anyone, young or old. It's loaded with all of the good bacteria that you need for a healthy gut. And a strong, healthy tummy means better digestion, a stronger immune system, and all-around better health.
Making yogurt at home saves big on the grocery bill. We get fresh, antibiotic-free milk from a neighbor for $2/gallon. One gallon of milk gets me 4 quarts of yogurt. That means I'm making nutritous yogurt at home for about $0.50/quart. If I bought good organic yogurt in the store, I'd easily pay $4/quart. Yikes! Even if you can't get milk from your neighbor, it's still worth your time. OK all you over-ambitous mamas like myself - here you go!
Grandma B's Homemade Yogurt
--makes 8 quarts of creamy, delectable plain yogurt--
what you'll need:
2 gallon-sized containers
8 glass quart jars with covers
double boiler (or rig one up like I did with my canner and stock pot)
2 gallons milk
2 cups starter (plain yogurt from the store)
large liquid measuring cup
1/2 cup measurer
about one hour, start-to-finish
-fill 2 gallon-size containers with very hot water and put in cooler to pre-heat it (your freshly heated milk and starter will soon sit in the cooler for several hours, ideally at a constant temp of 100-105 degrees Farenheit)
-pre-heat 8 glass quart jars by filling them with hot water and letting them sit near your sink
-take yogurt starter out of fridge so that it reaches room temperature
(1) pour 3-1/2 quarts (14 cups) of milk into double boiler and heat on medium high, stirring occassionally