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Recipes from Outside the Box: Go(at)gurt, minus the plastic tube August 19, 2009

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Baby goats at Homestead Ranch

Baby goats at Homestead Ranch

The current state of the dairy industry and most store-bought yogurt is an unfortunate one to say the least (read why here).  Lucky for us, there are enough industrial food and farm outliers to make a go of completely homemade yogurt – even getting the milk straight from the goat (or cow) if so desired.

Because I’m a believer in the goodness of raw milk,

Mama Goat at Homestead Ranch

Mama Goat at Homestead Ranch

and super devoted to being uber-DIY, I make a trek once a week to milk four dairy goats at Homestead Ranch in Lecompton, KS.  I use the milk to make yogurt in a sweet little electric yogurt incubator, although this piece of equipment is totally unnecessary.  The recipe below is how I started to make yogurt a couple years ago, and it works fantastically.  Really, it’s a super easy process, and while the yogurt incubates, you get to walk away and get on with your life, then come back to a super cheap, super healthy, super tasty treat!

Yogurt Making Supplies (Special incubator is optional!)

Yogurt Making Supplies (Special incubator is optional!)

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup good quality commercial plain yogurt*, or 1/2 cup yogurt from previous batch, or one pkg yogurt starter

1 quart whole milk (2 % can be used), nonhomogenized and non-ultrapasteurized


PROCEDURE

Gently heat the milk in a saucepan to 180 degrees F (measure with a candy thermometer).  Remove from the heat and allow to cool to about 110 degrees F, stirring occasionally to remove the “skin” that will form on the top later.  Pour about 1/2 cup of the milk into a dish containing the yogurt (or starter) and stir until smooth and a liquid consistency.  Add to the rest of the milk and place in a shallow glass, enamel, or stainless steel container.  Cover the container and place in a warm over (a gas oven with a pilot light or electric oven pre-heated to warm and then turned off) overnight.  In the morning, transfer to the refrigerator.  Once thoroughly cooled, enjoy!  Delicious topped with fruit, granola, or with a bit of honey stirred in.

*When purchasing good quality yogurt, organic whole milk plain yogurt is best.  Try to find one with the fewest preservatives and addditional emulsifiers or other ingredients.

Oooh, Incubation

Oooh, Incubation

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2 Responses to “Recipes from Outside the Box: Go(at)gurt, minus the plastic tube”

  1. [...] a good farm nearby and switch to fresh raw, grass-fed milk – and make your own yogurt.  This yogurt recipe is super easy to make at home – and if you’re interested, read about milking the (antibiotic-free) goats who provided [...]

  2. Claire Evans Says:

    I would love to try some of this Go(at)gurt from a certain professional goat milker someday very soon


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