How to Make Yogurt Starter
Making your own yogurt is a wonderful, healthful way to incorporate dairy into your diet. In order to make homemade yogurt, you will first need a yogurt starter. You can buy yeast cultures, but why go through the trouble when making your own starter is so easy? Here’s an easy recipe to use when you make your next batch of homemade yogurt.
- 3/4 cup Raw Cow’s Milk
- Cardamom Pods
- Glass Measuring Cup
- Glass Bottle for storing starter
Heat the milk to 120 degrees. Pour milk into clean container.
Break one large cardamom pod in half and place both halves in milk until completely submerged. If you have trouble finding pods (as I did), use 20 cardamom seeds instead.
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Use a whisk or spoon to push the seeds or pods under milk until completely submerged. Do NOT stir the mix as this may hinder the curdling process.
Cover with cheesecloth or towel. Keep in a warm place (on the counter is fine as long as your home is around 70 degrees. Wait for it to curdle in 10-14 hours (I usually just wait overnight).
Check the yogurt starter to ensure it has curdled properly. The smell should not be sour or pungent, but sweet. It should have thick curdles as well.
Once the starter has curdled properly pour the mixture into a bowl and remove the pods and/or seeds.
Pour the yogurt starter into a clean container with a screw-tight top. Store in a refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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