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How I Make Yogurt

There are many ways to make yogurt. Some people use yogurt machines, some people don’t. I’ve heard that some Vietnamese people make yogurt out of sweetened condensed milk. The yogurt at my favorite Indian place tastes like they steep onions in it. You can buy a powdered yogurt starter, or you can use plain yogurt as a starter. Greek yogurt is made from high fat milk and then strained.

I prefer to make yogurt with the help of a yogurt maker. The most important thing about making yogurt is getting the temperatures right. You need the milk to be the right temperature when you combine it with the yogurt starter and you need to maintain the right temperature for the 7 hours that the yogurt cultures are growing in the milk. This second part was very difficult for me before I got a yogurt maker. Our house is not insulated, has drafty windows and doesn’t have heating or air conditioning. So the inside of our house can be anywhere from 50F in the winter to 90F in the summer. That’s why I really like having a machine that keeps the yogurt at the right temperature for as many hours as I want. Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich – all from scratch

I recently had the first peanut butter and jelly sandwich of which I made all the parts from scratch! Yummy! There’s no pic for this post, but you know what peanut butter and jelly looks like. Try it yourself – it’s worth the extra effort.

Homemade Peanut Butter

Tart Plum Jam

Wheat Bread

Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanut butter here is expensive, but peanuts are not, so I learned how to make peanut butter from some friends. I eat a lot of peanut butter and I actually prefer this to store bought peanut butter. You could use dry roasted peanuts without the red skins and skip the first two steps, but you might like the taste of freshly roasted peanuts better. Continue reading