For us DIY-ers, this is an easy way to make creamy, smooth yoghurt at home! It tastes GREAT, and it works! It is yummier and cheaper than shop-bought. When you read it, you might think it is too involved... but really, you just let it sit in the warm water, checking the temp every now and then. It actually does its own work - kind of like letting bread rise. I use the time to get other things done around the house. Don't be scared off - it's really pretty easy.
**I have an easy way to keep it warm without using the stove..but first I'll say I .....I have made this tons of times...as long as you use the powdered milk, it will be thick enough. I follow the directions, but once it hits 115 degrees and I've added the live cultures, I pour it in jars, and set on a heating pad on low, with the jar wrapped in a towel and a metal pan over it. 7 or 8 hours works great. (I learned the heating pad trick from the book "the complete tightwad gazette") and it ALWAYS works. If you go for a longer time, it gets more tart. I have used it in place of sour cream in recipes, and when I make some, I put some in an ice cube tray and freeze, so I have some to use as the starter for my next batch. YUM! - 29 May 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I made three batches right away and we like it. I left one plain to use in place of sour cream,and then added about two teaspoons of honey and about a teaspoon of vanilla to the milk mixture of the other two after I stirred the yogurt in before pouring into jars. I then used my crock pot to keep the mixture at the right tempurature. I covered the jars with warm water and set it on low uncovered. I watched the temperature and turned it off and covered it when it reached 110 degrees. If it dropped to low I would turn it back on. It was ready in four hours. Very good recipe! - 23 Jan 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I use whole milk and skip the milk powder. I increase the yogurt starter to 1/2cup. I sterilize everything that touches the yogurt before I start. For incubation, I pour the yogurt into a glass casserole dish, wrap it with a towel, and leave in the oven with the pilot light on between 7-8 hours. Very easy to make, and the yogurt turns out well every time. - 02 Mar 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)