Learning how to make homemade yogurt is not only fun it can be a
learning science experiment. You will need a crockpot, milk and a
small carton of ready made plain yogurt when making homemade yogurt.
Since the yogurt takes hours to sit I find the best time to start
the yogurt is around 1-2 p.m. This way it will be ready to sit
overnight around 7-8p.m. When you wake up and stir your yogurt about
7-8 a.m. it will have sat overnight for 12 hours.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Step 1: Use a small 2 quart crock pot, turn to low and pour in 4
Step 2: Cover with lid and cook on low for 3 hours.
Step 3: Turn off heat and let milk sit in the covered crock pot for
Step 4: After 3 hours take out 1 Cup of milk and place in a bowl.
Step 5: To your 1 Cup of milk from the crock pot add 1/4 Cup of
plain yogurt. Whisk together.
Step 6: Pour yogurt milk mixture back in the crockpot and whisk
Step 7: Cover the crock pot with a large blanket or towels and let
covering your crockpot you are making an incubator.
Step 8: Next day whisk your yogurt and place in a plastic container.
Store in the fridge.
Use your yogurt within 1 week-10 days and if you'd like to make
yogurt again save 1/4 cup of your yogurt for the next batch.
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You can make a larger batch depending on if
you can use the amount of yogurt within a week.
Science Behind Making Yogurt
The ready made yogurt has bacteria in it that when combined with the
milk in a warm place causes the milk to ferment. The tangy flavor
yogurt has is caused by this bacteria fermenting. So simply stated
yogurt is milk that has fermented. You can not make yogurt without
these active bacteria.