One of my favorite ways to add probiotics to my diet? Making creamy, delicious homemade yogurt. I get it; making yogurt might seem a bit intimidating at first—but trust me, it’s totally doable. This super easy recipe for plain yogurt will completely transform how you view this delicious and probiotic-rich dairy treat. Ready? C’est parti! (let’s get started).
Here’s what you’ll need
- Whole or 2% milk
- A small amount of plain yogurt with live active cultures or a yogurt starter
- An automatic yogurt maker
- A thermometer
Do you need to use a yogurt maker?
While using a yogurt maker is not mandatory, I wholeheartedly recommend it for its convenience and consistent results. Personally, I’ve been using the Euro Cuisine YMX650 model for a few months, and it’s been an absolute game-changer. It’s incredibly reliable and user-friendly, and it consistently delivers delicious yogurt.
If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can incubate your yogurt in the oven at a very low temperature or wrap it in a towel and store it in a warm, stable-temperature location. But honestly, the convenience of a good yogurt maker is hard to beat.
Is using a yogurt starter better?
I’ve experimented with both a yogurt starter and a few tablespoons of plain yogurt with live cultures, and I’ve achieved delicious results with both methods by following the instructions below.
One yogurt starter that I particularly love is the Bulgarian Yogurt Starter from Bacillus Bulgarius. It yields deliciously creamy, thick yogurt and perfectly balances mild and tart flavors.
How to Make Yogurt
Here’s the lowdown: you’ll gently warm your milk on the stove, then allow it to cool until it reaches around 110°F (just warm enough to dip your pinky finger in without scalding it!). Once cooled, you’ll introduce your live cultures from the plain yogurt or yogurt starter, gently stirring it all together until it’s silky smooth. If you’re using a yogurt maker, pour this mixture into your glass jars, pop them into the yogurt maker, and set the timer for 8-9 hours. The machine will take it from there, maintaining the perfect temperature for fermentation. When the timer chimes, you’ll unveil a tasty batch of probiotic-rich homemade yogurt.
It’s as simple as that!
Health Benefits of Yogurt
Oh, and let’s not forget about the incredible health benefits packed into every spoonful of yogurt.
Whole milk yogurt is a good source of essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus. These nutrients are essential for bone health, immune function, and overall well-being.
But here’s the kicker—yogurt is a bona fide protein powerhouse! A single cup of plain whole milk yogurt packs a hefty 8.5 grams of protein.
But that’s not all – yogurt boasts a significant probiotic punch thanks to its live cultures. Probiotics, i.e., friendly bacteria, are renowned for their digestive health benefits. They work diligently to maintain a harmonious balance of gut bacteria, facilitating smoother digestion and fortifying the immune system. A well-balanced gut microbiome is closely linked to improved digestion, immune function, and even mental well-being.
Are you ready to make this recipe for plain yogurt?Print