I am going to make my first batch of yogurt tonight. I sent hubby out to get me some jars and lids/rings.
I am using organic whole milk for this, along with a whole-milk yogurt. I ended up having to buy a quart of plain yogurt because the store I was at didnt' have anything smaller! Can I make several starter batches of yogurt to use all of this storebought stuff?
Can I freeze yogurt? I"m thinking of making a ton to last us a month or so, freeze what we won't eat within the next week, and then pull jars out as we'll need them a few days in advance and let them thaw in the fridge. Will that worK?
I'm planning on letting the jars set in a uncovered crockpot full of water for 4 hrs as I saw in a previous post - should I have the water pre-heated, or will warm tap water warm up quick enough or doesn't it matter? I have a thermometer so I suppose I'll just test the water unless it doesn't matter.
How do I scald canning jars? Do I need to scald the rings and lids too?
Once I make my yogurt, can I re-use the lids and rings for future yogurt? I read I cannot re-use lids/rings for canning things, but I won't really be canning anything.
Also where can I look for good recipes for yogurt - my dd loves strawberry yogurt and I'd like to know how to make it for her. We're growing our own strawberries so when they actually start producing fruit, we'll have plenty for her!
If I am going to add flavors to the yogurt like strawberry, do I add it in before serving, or can I whip up a whole jarfull of strawberry yogurt? Or perhaps make up a puree of whatever I'll use and store it in the fridge and just mix together when serving? I'm not sure if there will beroom in the jar for anything extra after I've let the yogurt set then chill in the fridge.
I am very excited - we usually spend a lot of money on yogurt so this will be decent savings.
Whew, I'll be subbing to this thread I realised I asked a ton of questions! LOL.