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vanilla yogurt - machine

Recipe by
Laura Ashley
naugatuck, CT

Home made yogurt is nothing like the commercial stuff and using an inexpensive machine (mine was $25 on Amazon) makes it easy. By omitting the vanilla extract and sweetener, you can make plain unflavored yogurt for savory dips. My daughter claims that letting the recipe ferment in the machine for 24 hours makes the yogurt lactose free. I don't know if that's true but she is lactose intolerant and eats this recipe daily.

yield 7 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For vanilla yogurt - machine

  • 4 3/4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 Tbsp
    sugar or splenda
  • 6 to 7 oz
    yogurt starter, plain and unsweetened

How To Make vanilla yogurt - machine

  • 1
    Take yogurt starter out of refrigerator and set aside to bring to room temperature. I use a container of Fage plain yogurt.
  • 2
    Put milk into small saucepan and bring to barely a boil. Allow to slowly reduce (tiny amounts to wick away) to 4 cups, whisking frequently. I use organic milk but any fresh milk will work.
  • 3
    Add vanilla and Sweetener, whisking well to incorporate. I use sucralose no calorie Sweetener from Walmart.
  • 4
    Remove from heat and allow to cool down to room temperature.
  • 5
    When cooled to about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or less, add the yogurt starter and gently whisk until smooth and no lumps remain.
  • 6
    Place into jars and put into yogurt machine. Do not cap the jars. Turn on machine and run for 12 to 24 hours.
  • 7
    When completed, cap the jars and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  • 8
    Enjoy as is or mix in chopped chocolate bits or fresh fruit.