Tuesday Recipe: Homemade Greek Yogurt

Good to eat and good for you, Greek yogurt is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and sodium, and a versatile item to keep in your refrigerator.  Run out of sour cream?  Substitute Greek yogurt!  Need to replace the eggs in your muffin recipe?  Greek yogurt will do the trick.  From a wide variety of substitutions to a healthy midday snack, Greek yogurt is definitely a winner in our books.  To save yourself some money, and a trip to the grocery store, make this delectable treat at home!


Homemade Greek Yogurt
Makes 2 cups

Use the best-quality dairy you can find for this recipe, and be sure that the “starter” yogurt you choose contains live active cultures (the container should specify which ones are present). This recipe also works with whole-milk yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups 2% low-fat milk
  • ¼ cup (1 ounce) dry milk powder
  • ½ cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt

You will also need

2 coffee filters, or a double layer of cheesecloth

The Process

1. Heat milk in large saucepan over medium heat until hot and steaming (but not simmering), until it reaches about 170 to 180 degrees. Stir in the milk powder, then transfer the milk mixture to large bowl set over an ice bath. Stir the milk occasionally until it cools to 110 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, whisk yogurt and a ladleful of cooled milk together until smooth. Add yogurt mixture to remaining cooled milk, and whisk to combine.

3. Place the bowl in warm environment* (between 90 and 100 degrees) and ferment until the yogurt has thickened and set, about 7 hours.

4. Set a mesh strainer over a large measuring cup and line the strainer with 2 coffee filters or double layer of cheesecloth. Add yogurt, cover the strainer, and refrigerate the yogurt until about 2 cups of liquid have drained into the measuring cup (at least 8 hours).

5. Transfer yogurt from strainer into a clean, airtight container.  Discard drained liquid. Yogurt can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

*Note: Need a place to ferment your yogurt? Set your oven to 200 degrees while you prepare the recipe, then turn it off before you place the yogurt inside the oven.  For some ovens, simply keeping the light on will keep the oven temperature at the perfect range for fermentation.


Yummy Yogurt Toppings

To really treat yourself once your yogurt is ready, try these yummy options: a drizzle of honey, fresh fruit, granola or toasted oats, chopped fresh veggies, cucumber slices and fresh dill, and nuts or seeds and dried fruit.  The possibilities are endless!


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