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Thursday, June 2, 2016

How To Make Homemade Yogurt With An Electric Blanket.


Check out this cool way to make yogurt at home using an electric blanket.


  My family loves yogurt and we eat a lot of it. Now when I buy yogurt, it has to be the good stuff. I don't want any gelatin or sugar in my yogurt, all I want is plain healthy yogurt that is filled with all those active cultures. The problem is the yogurt that I like is kind of pricey, like $3.00 and up for a quart container. My solution is to make my own for about .50 cents a quart. Yes, making yogurt takes time, but no more than driving to the store. When I make yogurt, I make four quarts at a time as it stores for up to a month in the fridge. Your first batch will cost slightly more as you will need not only milk but also a cup of yogurt. When you make yogurt again you can just use a cup of yogurt from your first batch on so on. So you can make your on yogurt and save $2.50 per quart! Making yogurt is simple too. All you need is milk, yogurt, a slow cooker, a pan, a thermometer, and an electric blanket.



   I know what you are thinking, what good is an electric blanket for making yogurt? The electric blanket provides the right temperature for the active cultures to do their thing and make the milk into yogurt. The other important item that you will need for yogurt making is a good thermometer as temperatures are very important when making yogurt. If you don't boil the milk high enough or cool it down enough, your milk will not turn into creamy yogurt. I like to use a digital thermometer that gives me an accurate temperature quickly. The Marshcone Instant Read Thermometer is fast and easy to use. I love that it gives precise measurements +/- 1 degree and ranges from -4 F to 572 F. The best part is it only takes 4 seconds to give me an accurate temperature, so much better than my old thermometer that would take forever. I love the long probe on it too that keeps me from getting burned while making my homemade yogurt. Marshcone was super smart when they put a magnet into their thermometer, so I can store it on my stove hood, I can also hang it up too with the hang hole. This nifty orange thermometer is also perfect for cooking meat too!


  Once you learn how easy it is to make your own yogurt, you may never buy it from the store again. There are times when life gets crazy and I need yogurt, I cringe at having to pay that much for yogurt. How can a mom say no to a kid who is asking for yogurt. I will buy the over-priced yogurt at the store during these times and them remember how easy it is to make it. So then I remember to make homemade yogurt again.

  So onto how to make homemade yogurt. You will need a gallon of milk and one cup of plain yogurt. Start by determining what setting on your electric blanket is equal to 110 degrees F, if you don't have a fancy digital one. I did this by plugging the blanket and scrunching it up. I started with the first setting and stuck the thermometer in it after it had been on for 5 minutes. I then turned up the blanket, one setting at a time and taking the temperature after 5 minutes. My blanket reached 110F at setting 4. Once you determine the setting, leave the blanket on and set in on the table so it is ready when the milk is done. You can also plug the blanket in when the milk is cooling. Also, place you slow cooker crock and lid on the counter top so it is ready for the prepared milk.


Now pour your 1/2 gallon of milk into a large pan. If you want creamier yogurt, add a cup of powder milk to your milk in the pan. Heat it up over medium-high heat until it reaches 180-195 degrees F, stirring often so the milk does not burn. While the milk is heating up, fill up your sink with cold water and measure out the cup of yogurt and set aside. Once your milk reaches 180-195F, take it off the stove and place it into the sink of water. Make sure not to get any water into the hot milk.



Let the milk sit in the water for about 10 minutes or until it cools down to 105-110F. When the milk cools down to 105- 110F it is time to stir the yogurt into it. The yogurt is filled with live cultures and they will turn the milk into yogurt. Pour the milk with the added yogurt into your slow cooker crock and place the lid on top.



  Now take your slow cooker crock over to you electric blanket that is turned on and place it in the middle of the blanket. Wrap the blanket around the crock and leave it there for 12 hours, no peeking. After 12 hours under the blanket, take the crock of yogurt and place it in the fridge for 12 hours, again no peeking or stirring it. Just place it in the fridge and walk away. After 12 hours in the fridge, you will have beautiful yogurt. I like to place my homemade yogurt into smaller containers like mason jars or empty store bought yogurt containers. Enjoy your yogurt and make sure to save a 1/2 cup for your next yogurt making time.


   Here is more information on the cool orange thermometer that I used to make this yogurt.


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                           Homemade Yogurt
Makes 4 quarts

1 half gallon of milk, 8 cups
1/2  cup powder milk, if desired for creamier yogurt
1/2 cup plain yogurt( take out of fridge the same time you take out the milk)
Marshcone Instant Read Thermometer
electric blanket set to 110 degrees
slow cooker crock and lid

Pour milk into a pan and stir in powder milk. Heat milk over medium-high to 180-195F degrees and stir often.
Remove from stove and place pan in a sink of cold water, make sure not to get any water in the milk mixture. Let the milk cool to 105-110F degrees, this takes about 10 minutes or so. Pour the milk into a slower cooker crock and stir well. Place lid on the crock and wrap with preheated electric blanket. Leave crock under the blanket for 12 hours. It is tempting to look at it while under the blanket, but no peeking, just leave it alone.Then place crock in the fridge for another 12 hours. It is important to not stir the yogurt or move it while it is in the fridge for those 12 hours. This will disturb the process, just simply place in the fridge and leave alone.After the 12 hours, spoon yogurt into containers. This yogurt will be good for about 3-4 weeks in the fridge. Make sure to save a 1/2 cup of yogurt for your next batch. This recipe can easily be doubled to make 4 quarts of yogurt.



"These opinions are my own and I received the Marshcone Instant Read Thermometer to facilitate this post.

36 comments:

  1. How clever. I am totally going to try this!!!

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  2. I thought I had seen everything! How resourceful! I definitely have to give this a try.

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  3. Wow do not even know that was possible.Love that you came up with these great way to make it.Thank you for sharing so cool.

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  4. I've been making homemade yogurt since the 70s. Several years ago, I bought the same brand yogurt maker--Salton, since I had one for years and it always worked great. The one I have now was about $10 and I expect it to last for many years. I have an electric blanket as a backup I guess, if it doesn't, lol.

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    1. I had this yogurt maker as a kid and loved it. Sadly my broke.

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  5. Hi Tara! This is extremely clever. My mother usually follows the same recipe, I guess it's time to get her a new electric blanket.

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  6. Now that is pretty clever. I would have never thought of such a thing. That's real handy.

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  7. That is so cool Tara, I would have never thought of that!!

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  8. that is a pretty cool project. I may see if so wants to try.

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  9. When I first read the title I raised my eyebrow but after reading the post I must say you are so creative and smart! Nice results

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  10. I honestly haven't tried making homemade yogurt before and it's really amazing to learn how to do it. I love yogurt and I'm definitely going to try this method.

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  11. Wow this is really cool! I've never considered making my own yogurt.

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  12. I have never heard of this! Who would've thought you could use an electric blanket?

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  13. This is so new to me! How Neat! I would never think of anything like this! I'm going to try this out! Another fun use for my electric blanket beside keep me warm :D

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  14. I love the idea of this. It's so gratifying to make things yourself! Very creative with the blanket.

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  15. This is incredible! I have never thought about making my own yogurt!

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  16. How inventive is this?! I mean I never would have thought to use that! Very cool

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  17. It looks delicious. I have a hard time eating yogurt. I've tried every kind. But my family loves it -- they'd sure be surprised if I made it for them.

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  18. Oh my gosh! I had no idea you could do this! That is so cool!

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  19. I would have NEVER guessed an electric blanket could be used to make yogurt! What a fun hack to discover. I live in the desert so I don't have any electric blankets anymore but this is still cool information to know!

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  20. I can't believe what I just read lol I had no idea you could make yogurt using an electric blanket! That's amazing!

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  21. Wow, you are so brilliant! I can't imagine that you can make a home made yogurt!

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  22. We have an electric blanket but I never know this is possible. your homemade yogurt looks delicious!

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  23. My son loves yogurt and I never thought of making a homemade yogurt. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Say what? An electric blanket for making a home made yogurt? Wow, you are so clever!

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  25. Hi Tara, a very clever idea. I would have never thought in a billion years about doing home-made yogurt on an electric blanket. xxx

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  26. wow that looks really good. i could totally use a serving right now. lol.

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  27. This is really cool! i would definitely try this out!

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  28. Oh my gosh! That is so funny! I never would've thought that someone would use an electric blanket to do this.

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  29. I have never thought about homemade yogurt....

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  30. I had to read that twice to make sure I was reading it right. I've been looking at a pressure cooker that will actually do this, plus a lot more. It's way more expensive than an electric blanket though.

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  31. hahahaha! wow what a splendidly unique idea. It's terribly cold here right now and I only use my electric blanket to get snug lol. Brilliant recipe thanks

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  32. This method is so easy to follow! I am delighted that you shared how to make healthy and delectable Homemade Yogurt With An Electric Blanket at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I'm Pinning and sharing this!

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  33. Thais is really great . I never knew about this much easy way to make yogurt. I've never made yogurt st home, maybe I'll give it a try. I love eating yogurt for breakfast.

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