One of the easiest things to make rather than buy is plain yogurt. This is something that is infinitely better when homemade, and way less complicated than you'd think.
My mother has been making her own yogurt for my entire life, and so had her mother, and her mother's mother. It's kind of a tradition, and one I plan to continue. So here is my not-very-technical technique for making yogurt at home!
1 half-gallon of whole milk (I like Snowville Creamery)
1/4 c plain yogurt, in a small bowl
1. In a large pot, bring the milk to ALMOST boiling. Little bubbles should be forming on the sides.
2. Remove pot from heat and let cool to about 110F. My mother always told me to stick my finger in the milk, and if I could keep it in there comfortably for 10 seconds, it was ready. A thermometer might be more sanitary :)
3. Once the milk has cooled to 110F, temper the yogurt by adding a splash of the warm milk and stirring. Then add yogurt to pot of milk and whisk until yogurt is incorporated.
4. Cover pot and place it in the oven, turned OFF, with the light on for just a little bit of warmth. I like to wrap the pot with a blanket or some kitchen towels to keep it toasty.
5. Leave it alone overnight! The next day, refrigerate the pot of yogurt before enjoying.
Easy peasy. I like to top my yogurt with savory stuff like za'atar & olive oil, olives & tomatoes, or pine nuts & cayenne pepper.
Leave me a comment and tell me how you like to eat your yogurt!