Homemade Vanilla Bean Yogurt Recipe
Here's an easy recipe for homemade vanilla bean yogurt without a yogurt maker.
- 1 quart organic whole milk, 4 cups
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or vanilla beans scrapped from 1 pod
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 yogurt starter packet, or 1/4 cup yogurt with active cultures
Bring the milk to a boil (180 degrees).
Remove pot from the heat and add in the sugar, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract.
Let the milk cool until luke warm (112 degrees). Stir in the yogurt starter, mixing well.
Pour yogurt into 4 individual jars.
Set the jars in a warm spot for about 7 hours, or overnight, to cultivate and set (time depends on desired firmness). Here are some ideas of how to keep the yogurt at the right temp: set in your oven with just the oven light on, set in a crockpot (turned off) covered with a towel by a sunny window, or use a heating pad on low.
After the yogurt is set, place yogurt in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before eating.
Serve with preserves, granola, or by itself... it's that good!