I have heard of many homeschool friends who have done this, but we've never tried it as I thought it was a little harder than this. So, once we saw the post, the kids and I went searching for all the supplies and got started making our own yogurt! Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the prep-you'll have to get those pictures from the Wissmann's post- but I did take pics of the results!
This is our 1 gallon jar of yogurt when we took it out of the refrigerator this morning. 1 gallon of Yogurt! the recipe makes 2 gallons, so we have 2 of these in our fridge right now. Oh, and I love our jars we found. These are 1 gallon jars and we found them at Walmart. They are the PERFECT size for making yogurt. I was also very determined to use GLASS jars to make sure they would not hold odors/tastes and to make sure I could use them for a very, very long time.
We opened to see it had completely set perfectly!
It was super creamy. We were so excited. Notice the bowls in the background?? Okay, now I will tell you that this is PLAIN yogurt. It does NOT taste good to us plain. We experimented this morning with all sorts of flavors. We tried adding strawberries to some, vanilla to some, coffee, and would add some sweetener to each mixture. They were all yummy. We put some strawberries in some and sealed them up til the afternoon and we think that if we did that overnight it will hardly need any sweetener at all! Best of all, it cost all of about $6 to make 2 gallons of yogurt (minus the additives like strawberries, etc). Even once we add strawberries or vanilla, this is still less than half what it costs for natural yogurt like this from the store. Oh, and Mrs. Wissmann said this can last up to two weeks in the fridge!
The kids had yogurt twice today and each time asked for seconds. If you try this, let me know what flavors YOU add to yours!
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby"
1 Peter 2:2