So, now that I have had time to play with the food dehydrator, the results from first test of its magnificence is in:
Test 1: Can it make yogurt?
Answer: Yes! And it was really easy!
Homemade Yogurt Recipe:
- 1 pint of milk
- 1/5 cup of yogurt
- Heat milk up to 185 F in a saucepan.
- Once it reaches 185F, let it cool to 120F.
- Temper the yogurt with some of the hot milk.
- Then add the yogurt milk mix into the rest of the milk.
- Put in a food dehydrator at 115F for 4 hours.
- It should become ‘set’ when done. This means that it will be thicker, and most likely a whey will form on top. Yes, there is a liquidy whey that forms when you make yogurt. Some commercial yogurts still contain this, others remove it before packaging.
- Put it in the fridge to cool for a few hours.
- Enjoy homemade goodness!
The yogurt was a little different from the batch of Sidehill farm yogurt that I used as starter. It was a little less tart-probably because I only incubated it for 4 hours, if I left it for longer, it would have become more tart. Also the texture was a little lumpier. This wasn’t bad, but I could always blend it or whisk it to make it more uniform. All in all, very good.
You can do a lot of things to keep the milk mixture warm ~115F other than use a dehydrator. For instance, put in an oven once it is turned off, put in some vessel with hot water, etc. But the dehydrator was way easy; stuck it in, and let it go until the timer turned it off.