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Homemade yogurt didn't thicken up- anything I can do to salvage it?

I made yogurt last week using the overnight-in-warm-oven method and it worked great. I tried to make another batch last night and it didn't thicken up properly- there were a few curds in a milky, not-whey like liquid. Can I try again with this failed yogurt, or do I need to throw it out?

asked by arielleclementine over 4 years ago

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sdebrango

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added over 4 years ago

Found this great website, here is what she has to say about this:
If you wake up in the morning and your yogurt is still thin, the first thing to do is to put it back and wait a few more hours, since acid content, which is responsible for the thickening, will continue to increase with time. If after 12 hours your yogurt is still the consistency of milk, this means that it wasn’t kept warm enough during the incubation. Consider improving your incubation method or trying a different one.
Meanwhile, failed yogurt can be salvaged by re-heating it carefully over low heat back to 110 degrees and incubating it for the second time.

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sdebrango

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added over 4 years ago

Here is the link to the post, it's interesting: http://girlsguidetobutter...

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added over 4 years ago

This is fantastic! Thank you so much! I'll try to reincubate and report back!

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sdebrango

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added over 4 years ago

Yes please let us know if it works. I hope it does!

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added over 4 years ago

I reincubated for about 8 hours last night and it worked!! Super thick yogurt this morning! Thanks so much for your help!!

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sdebrango

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added over 4 years ago

Thats fantastic!!

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aargersi

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added over 4 years ago

Friends and neighbors like yogurt leftovers, ahem, just FYI :-)

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3fdd943e 2b86 46c7 b573 b038b89b9d6f  henrykiss
added over 4 years ago

Haha, Abbie! Anytime! Thursdays are raw milk delivery days- let me know if you want to try some of mine!

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added over 4 years ago

I used to make yogurt with goat's milk. At the time I was experienced with cow's milk (pastuerized) yogurt, so I used the same technique, and it wouldn't set. Maybe if Suzanne had been around (and the internet) I would have had her good advice, but what overcame the problem then was adding agar agar to it, and all was well. ...just in case!

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added over 1 year ago

You may not be able to remake the bad yogurt, but I suggest you divide it into two parts and then leave one part in the fridge and add the other part to freshly heated milk then add half the amount of culture to it then let it set in the oven. This should work and you don't have to waste the milk-yogurt I make my yogurt all the time in my MEC pure clay pot the results are consistent each time. I learned how to make it from here : https://miriamsearthencookware...

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Cav
added over 1 year ago

Three year old yogurt is probably well beyond saving.

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added 17 days ago

I was excited to prepare my yoghurt after reading online about the recipe and processes but I became nervous because my yoghurt didn't set at all after 7 hours of incubation. What could have caused that?

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added 14 days ago

Also if you have a homemade yogurt that you want to thicken up (Greek-Style) just pour the yogurt into a 2-3 layers of cheesecloth. Make a "purse" and then use the loose ends of the cheesecloth to tie it around your faucet. Let it hang overnight and in the morning you'll have super thick yogurt!

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