Homemade Yogurt: You Can Do It!!!!

Monday, 21 December 2009 17:03 Written by  Savvy Girl

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Do you have a yogurt maker?  Me neither.  But I still make yogurt every week, in fact, usually twice a week.  It requires very little effort and for the cost of a quart of milk you can easily make eight, healthy, homemade yogurts with only a few minutes of preparation. 

First appearing in nomadic Turkish medicinal texts around the 11th century, yogurt boasts a lengthy track-record of nutritional benefits.  It's vitamin and calcium rich, natch, but it also helps with weight loss, prevents yeast infections and inhibits stomach maladies with active bacterial cultures.

Mireille Guiliano, author of the decisive tome on savvy living, French-style, French Women Don't Get Fat, has super simple recipes with or without a yogurt maker and a great, short video here.  If you do want to buy a yogurt maker, however this one from Donvier will do the trick and will pay for itself in just a few uses.

24/Scoop: Don't get discouraged if your first batch bombs.  Little elves were in my kitchen the first batch which went inexplicably awry, but I've never had a problem since.

24/Scoop #2: The next time you are prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take a daily dose of yogurt to help ward off yeast infections. 

24/Scoop #3: Baby food jars make great storage containers if you decide not to buy a yogurt maker.  You can reuse them indefinitely and they are so cute!