Making Yogurt in Your Gainesville Apartment

If you love delicious yogurt for your morning breakfast, why not try making some yourself. In a few simple steps, you can make yourself a week’s supply of yogurt for a fraction of the cost you’d pay at a store. Best of all, you can control everything from the amount of sugar and fat to the flavor, giving you homemade options that commercial brands can’t match.

The things you’ll need in your Gainesville apartment before you start cooking are:

  • ½ – 1 gallon of milk; any kind will do
  • A container of plain, unflavored yogurt with a live culture (Be sure your yogurt has the live culture since the bacteria in it will be doing most of the work)
  • A kitchen thermometer with a clip
  • Glass or ceramic containers with a lid
  • A medium-to-large saucepan

Fill the saucepan with the milk and clip the thermometer onto the pan so that its measuring end is slightly below the milk’s surface. Place the pan over medium to high heat, stirring regularly, until it reaches between 175-180 degrees F. Be careful not to let it get too hot or your yogurt may taste funny. Also take 2-3 tablespoons of the plain yogurt and stir until it becomes a liquid. Once your milk is at 175-180 degrees, turn off the burner and continue to stir for a couple minutes to prevent scalding. Allow the milk to cool to around 110 degrees and mix in the liquefied yogurt until it dissolved in the milk. While the milk cooling, pour boiling water into the container or containers you will store your yogurt in (to sterilize them) and then dump the water out. Pour your yogurt into your sterilized containers. Set an oven to preheat to 200 degrees and after about 2-3 minutes turn the oven off. Place your yogurt in the oven for around 6 hours, and you’ll have a delicious breakfast item ready to go. If refrigerated, your yogurt should last around 1-2 weeks, but be sure to keep some aside for your next batch.

This is just one way to put your Bellamay Grand kitchen to use. For more information on our Gainesville apartment community, contact our office today.

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