Make your own yogurt?


So, how many of you make/have made your own yougurt? Is it worth it? What kind of maker do you use? I currently only buy plain organic or greek yougurt anyway, so is doing it myself worth the difference? Looking for advice. Thanks.
I make my own yogurt and have a Donvier maker. I used it for a long time then went off and bought yogurt--including the Greek style--ad now am back to making my own. I just like it better. It is not as thick and has what I think is a fresher taste. At first I really liked the Greek yogurt and then it just got too thick for me and I really couldn't eat it anymore. I make it plain and add some fruit and a drizzle of either maple syrup or honey. I think it has a very fresh clean taste. I have also used goat's milk and liked that a lot.
I used to make yogurt in a thermos, but I got a Salton yogurt maker--it works terrific! I go through a lot of yogurt, and it's nice to be able to make your own.

I made my own for a while using a Salton yogurt maker and Fage yogurt for starter. When I discovered how yummy Fage tasted, I got kind of lazy with making yogurt and just started buying Fage. But homemade yogurt is definitely delicious.
I posted this in another thread... I don't know how to post a link to it, so I just copied it for you:

If you want to save $ and have the very freshest possible yogurt with no additives or's very easy to make. Another advantage is that you'll get Vitamin D, which is not in many commercial yogurts (it's typically only added to milk sold for drinking). Also...when you first make yogurt, it does not taste sour, it is almost like cream. So you don't need any sweeteners. I just usually mix in fresh berries, vanilla or almond extract, and top with almonds. Or if I've run out of berries, canned pumpkin, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spices, maple syrup or brown sugar, toasted pecans. I also add a spoonful of ground flax to these.

You can make yogurt without a yogurt maker, but the time would be quite variable and you'd need to find a reasonably warm spot. I think if you're going to make it, it's worth the convenience of knowing exactly how long it will take. I have the Yogourmet yogurt maker (Amazon sells it, as well as other retailers). I would avoid the ones that make yogurt in individual cups...where would you put your fruit?

You start with milk - pick from non-fat all the way up to whole, or a combination you can't usually find in a store, like half non-fat and half 1% to make a 1/2% yogurt (that's what I usually do). The more fat, the more the yogurt will "gel" on its own. I make two quarts at a time because our family goes through it so quickly. Put the milk in the microwave and heat 'til it just bubbles (mine takes ~20 min). Take it out to cool. Remove the skin that formed on top. If you like at this point, options are to add 1/4 cup dry milk per quart (extra nutrition) and/or 1/2 envelope of plain gelatin per quart (that has been softening in a small amount of water while the milk was heating). The gelatin will make it thicker and more "set" if you prefer that consistency (especially helpful if you use very low or nonfat milk). After 1 to 1.5 hrs (depending on ambient temp) it will be cool enough - check with the thermometer in the kit, or your own (~100 to 112 deg)- to add the starter...which is simply a large spoonful of your last batch! (or a commercial plain yogurt with active cultures, if this is your first batch). You don't need to buy those dried envelopes of starter. Just stir some of the warm milk into the spoonful of yogurt in a small bowl until it is reasonably thin, and pour back into the milk. Put all in the yogurt container (you can pour it through a strainer to catch any leftover skin or dry milk clumps if needed), place in yogurt maker (with some water up to line), and five hrs later it is done. Put in refrigerator.
If you like the thick "greek-style" yogurt, you can drain this with a strainer/cheesecloth or a "yogurt cheese" kit that you can buy (which is basically the same thing), for a few hrs. If this is the intent though, do not use the gelatin when you make the yogurt.
I put a lot of details here and it may look long because of that, but it really only takes about 5 minutes of hands-on time.
The best 18 bucks I ever spent was the Salton yogurt maker from can use fage or dannon or whatever as your base, skim, whole, or goat milk...just bring it up to a bubble SLOWLY, and let it cool a good 1/2 hr to 45 minutes.....I add vanilla and ginger and put it on my fruit or whatever!

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