Raw Milk Yogurt??
Hey everyone! I'm trying to make yogurt using only raw milk that I get from my dairy cow. I've been looking online trying to find a recipe and have found some really great ones, the only problem is that I have no idea what a "culture" is. Can anyone help me out???
To make yogurt, you need a starter or culture, which is basically a couple tablespoons of yogurt. That contains the bacteria you need to make the yogurt. then when you make your yogurt, keep a couple spoons of that to start the next batch, and keep the cycle going.
Most health food stores also sell organic yogurt cultures in little packets for about $3 or $4. One packet makes lots of batches of yogurt. It might be easiest to do that for the first time, since even live-culture yogurts in the store have been sitting refrigerated a long time and often aren't that lively.
Go to Cultures for Heath website, they have a bunch of different starters, including ones that will ferment at room temperature.
I make raw milk yogurt often. (My friend has a diary cow.) I just use a some decent quality organic plain yogurt from the grocery store as the starter.
I find I get better results if I scald the milk, but it is often OK with raw. Culture can next as simple as good yogurt. You may have to try a couple of brands. I like to mix two brands in mine.
If the yogurt fails to thicken, but still smells and tastes OK, you can use it in pancakes.
I usually find I can start from homemade yogurt about three times, if I sterilize everything.
Homemade yogurt is amazing!