eww - slimey homemade yogurt! - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 03-09-2005, 08:03 PM - Thread Starter
JavaBean's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Southern California
Posts: 220
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My first batch didn't turn out the way I thought it would. It was too slimy for even me to eat much less DS.

I followed the instructions that came with the Girmi:
- 4 cups milk
- 5 Tbsp starter yogurt
- Mix well, pour into cups, incubate (I did it for 7 hours), put in fridge and *ta-dah* yogurt!

After reading the many posts here about making yogurt, I added 2 Tbsp of powdered milk to help firm it up. I didn't heat up the milk - the instructions said I didn't have to.

Should I heat the milk? I purchased starter yogurt but wanted to try an organic pre-made plain yogurt first. Should I use the starter instead?

Can someone give me tips to de-slime my yogurt?
JavaBean is offline  
#2 of 5 Old 03-09-2005, 08:53 PM
cjr's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 3,277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You could have gotten some stray bacteria in there. It's best to heat until at least 180F and then cool to 110F before adding the starter. When you heat the milk you will be killing any unwanted bacteria. My maker also said you didn't have to heat, but I never liked the results. I actually boil my milk, being very careful to stir constantly so I don't get any milk solid residue at the bottom of the pan (or I microwave it). I find that I get a nice thick and creamy yogurt without the addition of powdered milk.
cjr is offline  
#3 of 5 Old 03-10-2005, 12:06 PM
xenabyte's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Colorado Mountains
Posts: 2,037
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree with CJR, 're-pasturizing' the milk by heating to at least 180 deg F is a good idea to make sure any stray bacteria are 'dead'. Then this allows JUST your yogurt bacteria from the starter to do their thing.

I hope you get this working for you, there is Nuttin like a good bowl of homemade yogurt to start the day!
xenabyte is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 03-10-2005, 10:56 PM
cathe's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Central Coast, California
Posts: 5,735
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The same thing happened to me the last few times I made yogurt. I posted the same question and somebody - I think Galeforce - posted that that means you only have one kind of culture working - supposedly the yogurt I used had several cultures so I don't know what happened - and I did heat the milk so it wasn't that.

Cathe Olson, author The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook, Simply Natural Baby Food, and LIck It! Creamy Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love.  
cathe is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 12-09-2013, 07:09 PM
Howard Johnson's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I wonder if there might not be another factor involved?


The reason I ask is, I don’t even heat my yogurt at all.  I make mine in a plastic milk jug that I get my non-fat milk in.  When I’m almost out of yogurt I add a cup or so of commercial fat-free yogurt to a new milk jug with some milk in it, shake it up pretty good, fill the rest of the jug with more non-fat milk to the top, then put it out on a shelf or on my kitchen counter top.  I leave it there ‘til it turns (usually 24 hours or so).  When it does, I put it in the fridge and use a quart or so a day until I begin the process all over.  Usually that works fine, but every once in a while I get a batch of the slimy kind.  Maybe it’s because I’ve not allowed the magic to happen and just get too impatient.


After all, a hundred years or so ago, people made yogurt every day and had no means to heat their milk to those precise temps; and things, presumably, worked out just fine.


When I do get a slimy batch I just give it a good 25 or so shakes, and drive right on.


Suggestions, other than the heat process you’ve so graciously outlined?




Howard Johnson is offline  

Quick Reply
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off