How to make yogurt at home

by | Nov 3, 2023 | Misc

Making yogurt at home is a simple and rewarding culinary endeavor that offers a host of benefits, both in terms of taste and health. Yogurt is a fermented dairy product that is rich in probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. By making it at home, you have control over the ingredients and the fermentation process, ensuring a product that suits your taste and dietary preferences.

One of the key advantages of homemade yogurt is the assurance of freshness and quality. You can choose the type of milk, be it regular cow’s milk or goat’s milk, and this allows you to cater to specific dietary needs. Homemade yogurt is free from artificial additives commonly found in commercial varieties, making it a healthier choice.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that promote a healthy gut microbiome, aiding digestion and supporting the immune system. Homemade yogurt is teeming with these probiotics, which can contribute to better gut health. Additionally, yogurt is a good source of calcium, protein, and other essential nutrients, making it a nutritious addition to your diet. By making it yourself, you can control the sugar content and customize the flavor by adding fruits, honey, or other natural sweeteners.

Beyond the health benefits, making yogurt at home can also be cost-effective, as it can be more affordable than store-bought options over time. It’s an eco-friendly choice, reducing the use of plastic containers and food waste associated with commercial packaging. Moreover, the satisfaction of crafting your own yogurt and experimenting with flavors and textures is a gratifying experience that many find worthwhile.

Homemade yogurt – photo: zserbo.com

Making yogurt at home is a straightforward process that requires only two ingredients and a bit of patience.

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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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