Two Sundays ago, my dear cousin Maricel, gave me a Yoghurt Maker which she was raving about last Christmas Eve. She made me try her homemade yoghurt and it was surprisingly good but a bit too watery for me. There were no instructions in the box but with the advent of the internet, you can find ANYTHING and EVERYTHING with only a few clicks of the mouse.
My two references for this “experiment” are RECIPE GEEK and FEED the TRIBE primarily because they had the same maker as I had. Thank you very much!
We didn’t have any plain yoghurt at home when I got the maker. I had to wait a few days. Come Monday, a friend from the Stables, gave me two packs of EasyO Yogurt Mix. Wasn’t sure if I could use my yoghurt maker with this yoghurt mix. But, oh well, experiment experiment. I mixed a pack of Vanilla EasyO and 600ml of water and 600ml of milk. Transferred into the jars and turned the maker on.
Based on the recipes I found, one said 6-8 hours, cool, then refrigerate for a few hours after. Being a bit impatient, I went for the 8 hours which yielded a drinkable yoghurt. It was good but I was aiming for a thicker and creamier consistency. My son and I ended up just drinking it all. This is where I realized that the refrigrating time will not give you a thicker consistency. It’s all in the WAITING.
Experiment number 2. I bought a 200ml tub of Plain Creamy Yoghurt from Hacienda Macalauan and mixed it with 1200ml of fresh milk. Poured the mix into the jars and made a mental note to leave it on for 13.5 hours. Let cool and refrigerated for at least 8 hours after. Yes, it takes long but it’s worth it. Hmm, much as it is in life? The WAIT? Hmm, let’s not get carried away with other matters. Haha. I should put a DO NOT DISTURBED sign next time. Haha.
My son and I were eager to try the yoghurt so that was our dessert after dinner last night. A tablespoon or two (yeah we like it sweet) of honey and mixed enough. Hmm, yummy, creamy and thick. There was a watery substance which I learned was the whey which can be used for other purposes. If I strained that yoghurt further, I would have Greek Yoghurt.
Super excited to have my yoghurt for breakfast this morning, I asked for honey and whatever jam we had on hand.
Topped with Strawberry Jam (a heaping teaspoon), admired it and dug in. DELICIOUS (Scraping the bottom of the jar delicious!) Oooh my son will love this….
I have been thinking of what other yummy goodness I can make now that I know how and can make yoghurt. Sauces, Dips, Marinades, it’s endless I tell ya.
Happy TUM Happy Me!