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Making yogurt in a rice cooker?

MarleneDietrich Jan 15, 2011 08:24 AM

I have a Zojirushi rice cooker with a "keep warm" setting. Could I use this setting for the incubation period? I'm not sure if that would be too warm. I also don't want it to affect my lovely rice=)

  1. onceadaylily Jan 15, 2011 08:31 AM

    I have a different brand, but if I keep my rice on the warm setting for more than an hour, the bottom of my rice scorches (which I think is the danger here, the placement of the heating element).

    Maybe you could try it with just water and a probe thermometer for the same amount of time, and see what the temperature comes up to? At least you'd have that question answered. And I could be wrong, but I still think a more ambient heat is better for the yogurt.

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      shahkbhaji Apr 17, 2011 07:17 AM

      Did you try it? I'm thinking of getting the Zoji also, but being able to incubate yogurt would tip the scale to actually buying it.

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      1. re: shahkbhaji
        MarleneDietrich Apr 18, 2011 06:20 PM

        no I didn't. I agree that it would be too warm

      2. boogiebaby Apr 17, 2011 09:12 AM

        I think it would be too warm. My fuzzy logic Sanyo cooker keeps the pot warm enough where it's hot to the touch. For yogurt, you just need slight warmth. My mom always uses the pilot light in her oven. Works like a charm.

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          rezpeni Apr 17, 2011 10:05 AM

          What I do is prewarm the jar in a 200 degree oven. As soon as the mixture is ready wrap the filled jar in two or more kitchen towels and leave on the counter. That will make it warm enough to set no problem.

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            shahkbhaji Apr 18, 2011 12:07 PM

            Thanks for both your help. i guess deep down inside i know the truth: i don't really need a rice cooker, and i don't really want to start making yogurt again

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              MarleneDietrich Apr 18, 2011 06:18 PM

              oh no! you need the rice cooker lol! I love that thing to death. I especially love it for making Japanese haiga-mai rice. It's so good.

            2. re: rezpeni
              MarleneDietrich Apr 18, 2011 06:19 PM

              interesting idea! I should try this

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              shakkar Apr 18, 2011 12:54 PM

              I will make yogurt in stoneware/ glass ( not in plastic) and i leave it to set on my heating vent for a few hours , when it feels warm enough i just slide it off and leave it to set for longer.Has worked for me...

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                insunee Dec 20, 2011 07:59 PM

                I always use my rice cooker to make yogurt. I don't use a setting, I just heat the milk then keep it in the rice cooker wrapped in a blanket for insulation. You do the same with a slow cooker like a Crock pot. http://insunee.blogspot.com/2011/10/m...

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                  shahkbhaji May 17, 2012 08:36 PM

                  I did buy the rice cooker, and use it almost every day. I've ventured beyond rice -- to steel cut oatmeal, quinoa and lots and lots of beans -- but didn't think about incubating yogurt in it. I'm going to try this.

                  Not sure i'm up for baking bread in the rice cooker (yes, i have an oven!) but it was a fascinating post, Insunee.

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