Not all yogurts are created equal. Some of them simply surpass the others in terms of the health benefits offered. Such is the case of Greek yogurt, the kind that is preferred by so many weight-watchers and health-conscious individuals.
Upon checking out your choices of yogurt at the supermarket, you’ll be surprised to know that Greek yogurt tends to carry a steeper price tag than the rest. This is perfectly understandable — Greek yogurt requires more raw materials (milk) and the entire process of making it is simply more complex. Despite of the cost, you can be certain that every serving of Greek yogurt comes with astounding health benefits!
Greek yogurt is nothing like the rest, in particular those that come with added sugars and other unnecessary ingredients such as artificial flavorings and colorings. In other words, Greek yogurt is the healthiest type of yogurt on the planet. It’s for this reason why it is sought after by many. Without any unwanted ingredients, the consumption of Greek yogurt allows you to take full advantage of all the goodness it brings — protein, calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, iodine and good bacteria!
Whether you are on a tight budget or you are into homemade recipes, or both, you can actually come up with your very own Greek yogurt. Worry not because it is actually very easy to whip it up in your kitchen — you don’t need to have lots of culinary experience in order to pull it off and enjoy the unparalleled benefits of homemade Greek yogurt.
You only need a couple of ingredients to make your own Greek yogurt, so it’s virtually impossible for you to mess things up. One of the perks of making your own Greek yogurt at home becomes evident the minute you serve the finished product to your family and friends. The amazement in their eyes will surely warm your heart. You can delight everyone further by serving your homemade Greek yogurt topped with fruit slices or crushed nuts.
Excited to make Greek yogurt with your own hands? Read on and follow this super simple recipe!
- 1 liter of milk (you can choose any kind — whole, 1 percent or 2 percent)
- 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt
- Pour your milk in a large glass pot. Never use a stainless steel pot to prevent the material from interfering with the live bacteria present in yogurt (which will be added later on).
- Use medium heat to bring your milk almost to a boil. Turn off the heat once it is about to boil.
- Allow the milk to cool down. For this part, you may simply leave your milk in one corner of the kitchen until it becomes completely cool. Alternately, you may dip the glass pot in a bowl filled with water and ice once it has considerably cooled down to hasten the process.
- Once completely cool, add 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt to your milk. Mix very well with a whisk.
- Cover the glass pot with a clean towel and stash it in your oven that’s set to the lowest setting, between 100 to 110 °F.
- Leave it there overnight, allowing the mixture to incubate for up to 12 hours. Placing the mixture in your oven allows the live bacteria in yogurt to consume lactose present in milk, a process called fermentation.
- The next day, take the glass bowl out of the oven.
- Grab a large glass pot and place a clean piece of cheesecloth on top of it.
- Using a ladle, carefully place all of the mixture on the cheesecloth to eliminate excess water, making the finished product come with a thick consistency. Since it may take a while for the straining process to complete, it’s a good idea to place the glass bowl in the fridge.
Your homemade Greek yogurt is ready to be served once the straining process is done!