Homemade Yogurt

If you do not already know the nutritional benefits of eating yogurt then you should really spend some time and read up on the health benefits of having probiotics (good bacteria) in your diet so your intestines can better absorber nutrients.  If you eat healthy but your body doesn’t have enough probiotics in your system to properly take in the nutrients then you are basically just wasting all of that healthy food.  Yogurt is one of the best ways to take in probiotics without having to consume man made supplements.

Homemade Yogurt Ingredients

I’ve always been a fan of yogurt but I’ve never been a fan of store yogurt because typically it is either super artificial or if it is the real good stuff then it is just expensive.  So I learned how to make yogurt at home and have been doing it ever since.  It is very simple and super easy if you live in a warm area like southern California.   All you need is some evaporated milk, a container, and some probiotics.  Now, if you don’t have probiotics you can technically use a store bought yogurt as a starter (almost like yeast) but nowadays it is very easy to buy actual probiotics.  The probiotics that I use is called Synbio which is made by a company called Syntec.  But there are a lot of other probiotic supplements that you can find online.

One packet of Synbio can make about 36 oz of homemade yogurt.  Right now I am only making 18 oz so I am only using half the packet. Just add 1/4 of a packet (roughly 1/4 tsp) into each container.

Using live culture to start homemade yogurt

Then just pour in one can of evaporated milk into each container and mix it up so the probiotics evenly distributes throughout the liquid.

Pre Yogurt Mixture

Now just put the mixtures somewhere in the house or even outside that gets warm for about 2 – 3 days.  Do not worry about it “spoiling” because that is exactly what you want it to do.  By leaving out in a warm environment you are encouraging the growth of good bacteria.  In two or three days (depends on how hot it is) you will have yogurt.  Once you start to consume it I recommend refrigerating it (although you do not have to), I just like cold yogurt.  Now the yogurt will taste great and be very healthy for you, just add some kind of sweetener (unless you like plain yogurt).  I usually just add some honey or some fruit preserves to my yogurt, and sometimes even some granola.  Just know since this is natural yogurt it doesn’t have the gelatin that store bought yogurt has so once you mix it up it will not keeps its firm texture so the more you mix it the more the texture will soften (aka turn liquid).  So just scoop off layers to consume and leave the rest untouched.

Now if you do not live in a warm area then you can still make yogurt, you will just need to set up a cooler and add in a pitcher or two of hot water.  Or you could use a heating pad in place of the pitcher and hot water.  Just know you want to keep it warm but not too hot.  You do not want the temperature to pass 105 degrees because you will kill the live culture.

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Derrick Chan

Sr. Manager eCommerce Innovation at Taco Bell
Ever since I was 5 years old my mom had me helping out in the kitchen.So it didn’t come as a surprise that I ended up loving food.Whether eating, cooking, smelling, seeing, or reviewing I enjoy all aspects of food.
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Ever since I was 5 years old my mom had me helping out in the kitchen. So it didn’t come as a surprise that I ended up loving food. Whether eating, cooking, smelling, seeing, or reviewing I enjoy all aspects of food.

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