How to Make Yogurt at Home Using a Flask Chiswick

Here is a very simple guide to making yogurt at home without the aid of a yogurt maker, or even electricity. You can use commercial yogurt starters - or not. While these are much easier to find than formerly, yogurt cultures from the yogurt in your fridge will usually serve nicely to begin with.

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How to Make Yogurt at Home Using a Flask

How to Make Yogurt at Home in a Flask

Yogurt is quite easy to make at home. If you want to learn how to make yogurt, probably the easiest all round solution is to buy a yogurt maker and just follow the instructions!

But maybe you want to be more independent of the electricity supply. How to make yogurt - the finished article

Or, maybe you just want to know how to make yogurt because you are curious as to how it's done - or because you just can't get enough of this fabulous healthy food!

Whatever the reasons, here is a very simple guide to making yogurt at home without the aid of a yogurt maker, or even electricity. You can use commercial yogurt starters - or not. While these are much easier to find than formerly, yogurt cultures from the yogurt in your fridge will usually serve nicely to begin with.

If you want to live a healthier and greener life, learning how to make yogurt is another good skill to have. And homemade yogurts can be just as delicious as factory made ones.

If you want to read a little more about the whys and wherefores of eating yogurt, please see .

Here's what you need to make yogurt

how to make yogurt - here's all you needA good quality vacuum flask, preferably a wide mouthed one. If you live in a very warm country you might not even need that. I have seen yogurt made in bowls in India without any artificial heat.

How to make yogurt - temperature

Yogurt needs to be kept at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or slightly better, in order to culture a batch of milk. Yogurt was almost certainly discovered by people carrying milk in animal skins. A combination of wild cultures and continual warmth would have supplied the necessary conditions for yogurt to develop.

Next, you need a supply of milk. You can use cow's milk, goat's milk or sheep's milk. I'm sure camel's milk is entirely possible but I've not tasted it so far!

Picture, above: how to make yogurt - this is all you really need apart from the yogurt!

Most, essentially, you need some yogurt as a starter. Use fresh, good quality yogurt from a reputable source. Avoid any with thickeners or other additives as the culture may be dead or nearly so.

You can also buy good yogurt starters in health food shops and specialist shops.

You also need bowls or a mixing jug and spoons. A whisk is handy. A hot drink vacuum flask will work - it's just harder to clean than a wide-necked one.

That's it!

How to make yogurt - which milk to use

The milk can be full-fat cow's milk or half-skimmed or fully-skimmed. There is a tendency for everyone to want skimmed-milk yogurt as it is see as healthier.

Full-fat yogurt is generally less than 10 percent fat so it can find a place in most people's diets. It does tend to have a richer, fuller flavour. A richer yogurt can be made by adding dried milk to full or half-fat milk.

You can also use soy milk if you like.

How to make yogurt in a vacuum flask

Take the yogurt you are going to use as starter out of the fridge or cooler the day before you want to make yogurt. This lets the ...

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