How to Culture Yogurt without a Yogurt Maker

Thermophilic Cultures

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If you’ve come to love store-bought yogurt but not the price, it might be time to make your own yogurt at home, and for a fraction of the cost.

Choosing a yogurt starter that requires heat to culture, such as store-bought yogurt or a thermophilic starter, may lead you to the purchase of a yogurt maker. However, there are many ways to culture yogurt without a yogurt maker.

For best results, test the temperature of the method you choose prior to making yogurt. Place 110ºF water into a container and take readings at various intervals with a thermometer, to ensure the range is correct.

Culturing Alternatives

  • Food Dehydrator A box-style food dehydrator, with shelves removed and its door open/closed, works well to get the required temperature.

  • Folding Proofer The Folding Proofer can have its temperature set from where needed for yogurt.

  • Thermos An insulated container such as a beverage thermos or the YogoTherm maintains temperature without electricity. Ambient temperature can have an effect on the culturing process; in cold weather, wrap with a warmed towel for added insulation.

  • Crockpot The crockpot method allows the preparation and culturing of milk in one vessel.

  • Insulated Cooler and Water Place yogurt jars in an insulated cooler, pouring 105ºF to 115ºF water inside about ¾ the way up the jars. Close lid tightly, covering the cooler in a blanket or towel. Change out water if temperature drops below 105ºF.

  • Insulated Cooler and Heating Pad Place yogurt jars in an insulated cooler with a heating pad set to low atop the jars, closing the lid with the cord hanging out. For added insulation, wrap cooler with a blanket or towel.

  • Insulated Cooler in the Sun Set closed cooler in the sun.

  • Hot Water Bath. Set the covered yogurt jar in a large bowl, filling the bowl with heated water. The water level should be no more than one to two inches from the top of the jar. As the water cools, remove the jar gently, pour the water out, replace jar, and add heated water.

 

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How to Culture Yogurt without a Yogurt Maker


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