Friday, June 19, 2009

Domestic Edjumacation

We've been quite busy! Our days have been full of domestic adventures, luckily with few foibles.

My gal pal KK pressured me into making yogurt with her. No, not really, she suggested it and I said, "Sure, if you come over and do the whole thing while I stand by and pretend I'm helping and then post about it on my blog so it seems like I'm some Domestic Diva. And I'll feed you lunch." Not really again, but that's kind of what happened. She is by far the Domestic Diva. Just walk into her pantry!

Ready to ROCK this thang called homemade yogurt!

We got the idea and recipe from a super neat lady named "Frugal Girl". That is her super power, no doubt about it!

The following is our take on yogurt making...

Must wear the proper yogurt-making attire.

I had jars, KK had a bowl with a lid. You choose!

You are supposed to boil the jars and lids for 10 min... of course, my pot lid didn't fit over the jars so we made a lid of foil. Cool beans!

Isn't she lovely as she pours the milk so white and frothy?

Here is the pan of milk cooling in the sink (for complete instructions see Frugal Girl's recipe) and let me just say that KK was the Guardian of the Thermometer, only she had this thermometer that, by the end of the day, I was most desirous of. Do you think I should ask for a thermometer for my birthday?

This is the yogurt we chose to add in. Mmmm, creamy.

Fill 'em up...

...and throw them in a cooler partially filled with hot water for at least 3 hours.

Dagnabit! I wished I had taken a picture of the finished product! I added blueberries to it and finished the bowl in less than a minute. I'm so excited to make more of this, especially with my baby boy coming into the food eating stage. I will probably make it for him using only organic milk though, maybe even farm fresh! Like I said, check out the original recipe for more complete instructions. It really was do-able!

The best part of the day?
~ friends ~

~ christa jean
P.S. Hopefully tomorrow I can post the pics from what we made today with more friends! It is reminiscent of this!


Janelle said...

Isn't homemade yogurt great? I do it often, only I've never sterilized the jar and it still turns out great! I also add vanilla and a bit of fructose and some dissolved unflavored gelatin. I make it by the gallon! Check out my recipe blog if you like. It's, and happy eating!

The Everett Family said...

You're the domestic diva!
I am so glad that it turned out! We had our first bowl this morning. I had to pour off a some of liquid on top but the rest was really nice and thick! Next time it would be fun to make sweetened vanilla yogurt. Thank you for spoiling us with a super yummy lunch and playtime! I can't wait to hear about your next domestic adventure!

Kristen@TheFrugalGirl said...

Oh, I'm so glad it worked out well for you!


DotBlogger said...

I'm embarrassed to say that I almost didn't recognize KK in that first picture!

Good job, yogurt girls.
If I didn't have such a weird dairy issue I'd make some myself.

Don't ask.

Amy Cate said...

So impressed both of you! Yay for healthy!

Tiffany said...

I will try the cooler next time. I have used an oven and a crockpot. It is hard to keep the temp right.

When I made it with goat milk it turned out like snot and grossed me out so I haven't tried again. Now I am inspired to!