Sunday, May 5, 2013

Failures in the Kitchen: Yogurt Making

Last week was one of those weeks when you wonder if anything is going to go as planned!
We started milking goats and thankfully the does we have make that chore really easy. The problem is with me! I have three failed attempts at making yogurt under my belt. Three days, three failures!
Day 1- I am not sure what happened, the only thing I did differently was not pasteurize the milk before I made the yogurt
Day 2 and 3-Pasteurized the milk-Still no yogurt!
I know exactly what happened, operator error! I was making it in a crock and I usually have a heating pad that I use to keep the temperature between 90-100 degrees. I couldn't find the heating pad so I just turned the crock pot on, just for a few seconds to get it warm. Well that few seconds turned into several hours as I went shopping and forgot about it. Came home to a curdled mess! I am embarrassed to say that I tried the same thing on day 3 and though I didn't forget it for several hours, I did wander off thinking I would be right back...well not before it heated the milk up too much.
Day 4- Trying again, this time hopefully with better results. I found my heating pad and I am ready to go!
Making yogurt is easy. I hope I didn't  scare anyone off from trying. I have had some failed attempts over the years but not like this week. Too scattered brained to be in the kitchen, I guess.
Below is a link to a previous post on making yogurt with the recipe. Hopefully, tomorrow morning we will have some yogurt. The girls have been patiently waiting...

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  1. I am going to have to try this. I have a bowl and a heating pad and plenty of milk. But no plain yogurt at the moment. I wonder if I could use Stoneyfield whole milk French Vanilla?

    And you sound like me. If I am not totally focused on the task at hand, I am off on something else. I hope your girls get some yogurt soon!

    1. Kris, if it has active live cultures I don't know why it wouldn't work??

  2. Oh I get this my attempts at yogurt making have been hit and miss forever it is like rising bread which sometimes still alludes me:) B

    1. Nice to know I am not alone! I don't mind some hit and miss but this was just ridiculous. Sometimes I just need to stay out of the kitchen ;)

  3. Happy to report that this morning we have yogurt! Finally.... :)

  4. Yay! Success! I have been meaning to try some yogurt for a while. I have the culture, just not the time, it seems. What are you using your yogurt for?

    1. This batch will be sweetened with some jam and eaten. The girls favorite is frozen yogurt pops.

  5. practice makes perfect and your yogurt batch with jam sounds awesome.....Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


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