If you have ever wondered about how some people prepare yogurt at home, you would be surprised to discover how simple it is to do that. If you or your family are big consumers of commercial yogurt, this exercise will save you a lot of money as well.
Imagine, if you are a family of 4, you are spending approximately $1.84 on a single 32 oz cup (on the most no-frills yogurt). If you are a fan of organic food, this price might go up by more. Now when you break it down like that, it doesn’t sound much, but when you add it up, it is a cool $7.36 per day for the yogurt. On a rough estimate, if you have it five days a week, the total cost comes to about $147.2!
Now that is a lot of money to spend on plain old yogurt! If you are a big fan of Greek yogurt, you can add a few more dollars to it. Believe us, you can make a ton of yogurt for just a fraction of the price. The process takes all of 10 minutes and is not nearly as difficult or complicated as some “experts” have led you to believe. Once you have done it yourself, you will wonder why haven’t you yet bothered to do it yourself!
Naturally, if you have been looking for how to make yogurt culture online, you would have come across 20 blogs that have told you probably 20 ways to do it. We are not saying there are any right or wrong ways to do it, we are saying you stick with the one method that you find the easiest.
The two main ways to make yogurt at home is the conventional way (on a cooktop) and the other is by the way of a yogurt maker. We will cover both, and you can read about various yogurt makers in our comparison guide.
Let’s start by learning how to make the yogurt culture, the stuff you will need for future batches of yogurt. If you know how to make yogurt culture, you would not have to rely on freeze-dried yogurt starter culture (though these are readily available on the market).
You can also use some pre-made yogurts for this, but the thing about pre-made yogurt culture is that you might be inoculating the yogurt with something you didn’t intend to. And you will see that you don’t need a lot of ingredients to make it. So this is how to make yogurt culture.
One thing to remember is that you should change the culture every 6-7 times to maintain or retain the acidic consistency. Alternatively, once you have mastered the technique to make a yogurt culture, you can sometimes use packed yogurt to make more yogurt as well.
And this is how simple it is to make yogurt culture. You don’t have to rely on the yogurt culture sold on the market anymore; you can make your own any time! If you do not have red chilies, you can use a lot of other ingredients (only one at a time though) to prepare the culture. You can use tamarind, green chilies, a lemon or even a pinch of soil from an anthill (yes!).
Now that we have seen how yogurt culture is made, let us see how to put it to good use and make delicious yogurt out of it!
Making homemade yogurt is as simple as we made it out to be. Just follow these simple steps.
There are gadgets available for doing the same, that is, an instant pot which will take care of maintaining the temperature for you.
So now you know how to make yogurt culture. You have seen how simple it is to make and how it can be used to create future batches of yogurt. The process is simple and you cannot go wrong if you follow these simple-to-remember instructions.