Success! I have tried to find a reliable method for making yogurt for years. I didn't want to buy a yogurt maker. I've had some success over the years, but just as many failures. It just wasn't easy enough to make me make too many batches, especially once Fage became widely available.
I just bought an Anova immersion circulator on Prime Day. I realized soon after that is is perfect for yogurt making. I've made two batches. My first batch was good but slightly grainy. So in my second batch I did not stir in the yogurt starter. I just dropped it in. This batch is super smooth! It is so good that I am doing a full gallon of milk today.
This is what I did:
Warm 1 qt of milk slowly up to 180 on stovetop. Cool to 110. I poured the milk into 2 qt mason jars evenly. I dropped in 1 1/2 tablespoons of Fage yogurt into each jar and topped with plastic lid. I sat the jars in my cambro with the water heated to 109. I made sure the milk in jars was covered with water. I incubated for about 12 hours.
Then I scooped out my creamy yogurt to a nut milk bag sat on a strainer over a bowl. I strained all night in the refrigerator for convenience. I was left with half Fage like yogurt, half whey. I save the whey for bread.
I am so happy with this simple repeatable process.
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