homemade yogurt

I used merrill's recipe for homemade yogurt and it didn't come out right. I made it twice: half the mixture in a yogurt maker and the other half in a warm oven for the suggested amount of time, and the second try was for a longer period time, thinking I had not waited long enough. I followed the directions explicitly (sp) and neither attempt was succesfull. I was thinking maybe it's because of the weather: I live in NY but it was last week when it was 50-60 degrees (although the heat was on in the house). Could that have contributed to my failures (boo-hoo!)?

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Merrill Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs January 10, 2012

Oh no! What happened with your yogurt? That might help us figure out what went wrong. Did you use starter, or regular yogurt?

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nycook
nycook January 10, 2012

I used Greek yogurt (and a thermometer that came with the maker to know when to add it). After it was completely cool, I put it in the fridge and waited...and waited. It never thickened. It was "slimy" milk textured.

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Merrill Stubbs January 10, 2012

I find that Greek yogurt often doesn't work as well as other types of yogurt (I should add this as a note to the recipe). And if your yogurt hasn't thickened somewhat after it's been heated for 7 to 8 hours, it likely won't thicken much more in the fridge. You might want to try again using European-style yogurt, but really I've had the best results (in terms of getting truly thick yogurt) with a starter. Some people don't mind a looser, milkier yogurt, but if you like it thick, starter is best.

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nycook January 10, 2012

I do like a very thick yogurt, so I shall buy and use starter next time. Thanks, Merrill, for the advice!

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Panfusine
Panfusine January 10, 2012

Where can I get these starters.. (I usually get some yogurt with me from whenever I'm visiting India (where it takes maybe 2 hrs to set!) & use it as a starter..(they usually die out in due course)

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