I pay 2.99 or 2.50 on sale, for this 750 gram container of yogurt. Half of it, plus two bags/2.6 litres of milk and a cup of powdered skim makes 4 litres of thick creamy yogurt. Just this week I had to impress these facts upon Fun, after finding a container of flavoured store bought yogurt in the refrigerator, which he confessed cost him 3.99 and on account of the additives could not reproduce itself.
It is imperative to start out with good quality, plain, unadulterated yogurt - no sugar, no gelatin, no starch. I'm in Canada and have always used Astro brand. And no, nobody pays me to say that, although they can if they want to. I first found this brand back in 1970 something on the shelf of a neon green, health food store.
In a farm community this was highly suspicious; the paint colour and the notion of a health food store. What did people think they grew anyhow? Aw, the boomers were rebelling! It was a traumatic thing to walk into that store, boldly plunked, front and center and directly across from the regular food store, in the only tiny mall in Town. Just glancing at it risked pegging one as some hippie nut. Did you know I was laughed at for eating yogurt? Here's a true confession; I ate yogurt when it was, and was not cool.
Use only the freshest possible yogurt for the culture. Since older stock is rotated to the front, that means reading the best before dates and digging through the stock to the back of the cooler. Ignore impatient little boys twirling upside down on the grocery cart and hissing stares of the store manager. If the yogurt starter is old it won't set properly. If this happens, what you produce can be salvaged through cake, bread making, muffins or pancakes. If the milk is old, you'll be rewarded with very nice cottage cheese.
- 13 cups milk or 3 American quarts, plus 1 cup milk or 2.6 litres or Canadians - just use 2 of those plastic bags which come in the 4 litre bags
- half of a 750 gram container or 1 1/3 cup plain good quality yogurt
- 1 cup of powdered skim milk