31 January 2014

I love to visit our local farmers market.  Sadly it is only held once a month, I wish it were more often, for me it has been a great way to meet some of my local farmers.  I have used it as a means of getting to know them so that I can then visit their farms to buy direct from them in between times.  A long time ago I started to buy wonderful organic cheese from a farmer who also sells organic raw milk from her farm, which I kept meaning to go and buy.......and each month the market would come round again and I still hadn't been.  Then I bought a yogurt maker.

I eat a lot of yogurt.  I make pancakes with it for breakfast, cook with it and have with fresh fruit most days.  I was buying three 500g pots a week and at about £1.50 a pot it added up.  So when someone on a forum was selling a little used yogurt maker I jumped at the chance.  It is really easy to use, if you follow the instructions I find the yogurt a little runny so I have found, by chance, a better method.  A method left as an anonymous comment on this blog which works really well.  I heat the milk to 180°F or 82°C and keep it at that temperature for one hour.  I do this by removing it from the heat and covering the pan to insulate it.  After an hour, I remove the covers and allow the milk to cool to 112°F or 44°C at which point I pour it into the container that you make the yogurt in along with two tablespoons of yogurt (as a starter) and place in the yogurt maker for about ten hours.  It comes out thick,  I could strain it or remove the whey and make it thicker still but I like it as it is.

It makes a litre, roughly equivalent to two 500g pots of yogurt, from a litre of milk.  I started off using the milk I was buying from the supermarket until I remembered about the local farm selling raw milk, so that is what I now use.  Buying it direct from the farm costs 80p a litre, with a small amount of electricity added on I can make a litre of yogurt for under a £1.  Without knowing all this my mum bought me the ideal Christmas present a book and few pieces pieces of equipment for making cheese, my adventures with raw milk continue!


  1. I've been making my own yogurt for years but I never heat the milk up first. Quite often mine comes out a little runny, I think I will try your method now.

  2. I have a few friends that make yogurt and love it. I have never tried it. Your question about my felted bowl - I used a simple pattern, which is basically this: cast on any number of stitches that can be divided by 9 (I used 63). Knit 20 rounds of garter stitch in the round. Then start your decreases as you would as if you were knitting a hat (K7 K2TOG, next round just knit, then do another decrease round of K6 K2TOG, etc...). Continue in this manner until you have 3 stitches on the needles and sew them up. Felt in the washing machine, or whichever method you prefer. Have fun!

  3. I make yoghurt in a wide-necked Thermos flask. I heat it to boiling point, then cool to around body temperature - I just feel the outside of the saucepan to see if it's about right. I swish some boiling water around the Thermos to sterilise it, then I add a teaspoon of yoghurt to the milk and put it in the flask overnight. It's magic, every time!

  4. I make my own yogurt too. I don't use sure an accurate method I just heat the milk to boling and allow to cool. Then add to the maker with two spoonfuls of yogurt and turn the machine on for 10-12 hours and it seems to make it nice and thick. We eat loads in our house too xx

  5. I like how thick your yogurt looks. I have tried making yogurt in the past, but it was so runny. My kids didn't like it. I will have to give it another try. I really want to try my hand at cheese too.


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