Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tucker Tuesdays ~ Recipe: Homemade Yoghurt from Scratch

I have had an EasiYo yoghurt maker for about 17 years now. I've used it on and off during that time, but do find the sachets so easy to use.
As part of my food and simple living journey I've decided to give away the packets and make mine totally from scratch.
We've been doing that for a few weeks now and we love it. The kids haven't noticed any difference at all either, which all mums I'm sure can appreciate.

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You will need your EasiYo container, nearly 1Ltr of UHT milk, about 100g plain greek yoghurt, 1/2 - 1 cup milk powder.

The research I have read says that if you are using fresh milk then it needs to be heated to change the structure of the milk to be made into yoghurt. However if you use UHT milk this is already done. UHT is easy to keep on hand in the cupboard too and cheap.
Your yoghurt must be plain yoghurt. Not flavoured or sweetened and no gelatin.
I buy this little tub and it makes 2 batches. Once you have yours started you will use a little of the previous batch to make the next one, so this is really just a once off. I also choose to use full cream yoghurt as I believe those fats are important, but this will work just as well with low fat yoghurt.
Adding milk powder makes the yoghurt nice and thick. Again I choose to use full cream not skim. Through my experimentation I find 1 cup works best for us. But try 1/2 cup and see how you go. It will be fine, just maybe not quite as thick and creamy.

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Add the yoghurt and a little milk to the bottom of the yoghurt pot. 
Put the lid on and give it a shake to mix. 
This will make sure you don't end up with lumps.

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It'll look a little like this.

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Add your milk powder and enough milk to fill it about half way. Put the lid on and shake again to mix well.

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Fill to almost the top with more milk, you won't use all of the litre.
Pop the lid on again and give it a gentle shake to mix.

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Fill your EasiYo with boiling water and pop your container in as you normally would.

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Pop it in a safe place for about 10 hours, then refrigerate.
I usually do mine in the morning, pop it in the fridge when I go to bed, then it's nice and chilled for the morning.

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This is what you'll have once it's set for 10 hours.
A nice thick greek yoghurt to rival those Yoghurt Bars!

If you wish you can add sweetener when you are putting it together.
I usually add the sweetener first and dissolve it in a little hot water. Then add the yoghurt and milk etc.
My boys like it plain though. I can always sweeten with honey as I serve if needed.

Do you make your own yoghurt? What's your favourite flavour.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Double Menu Planning Mondays Link Up!

I totally forgot to post up last weeks menu plan! So here is a double one for you :)

Mon ~ Roast lamb, vegies and homemade gravy form the juices
Tues ~ Swedish meatballs and veg
Wed ~ Asian inspired Omelettes
Thurs ~ Homemade Pumpkin Soup and homemade bread
Fri ~ Pancakes
Sat ~ Family Christmas Get Together
Sun ~ Roast Turkey roll, Potato Bake and salads (salads leftover from the night before)

Mon ~ Lasagna
Tues ~ French Onion Chops and veg
Wed ~ Steak sandwiches
Thurs ~ Loaded Baked Spuds
Fri ~ Stroganoff mince and veg
Sat ~ Baked Chicken pieces and Chippie Spuds
Sun ~ Corned Beef, veg and white sauce

This fortnights baking was mainly focused on our Christmas family get together.
I made a trio of cupcakes and decorated them. Recipes to come soon.

Do you Menu Plan? Would love for you to share, just link up below :)

Take Care

Monday, November 11, 2013

Menu Planning Monday Link Up!

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Cheap Chow Mein

This week is Brian week of nights, so many of our meals were easy meals that I knew the kids would eat.

Mon ~ Sausage Rolls
Wed ~ Pot roast and lots of veg
Thurs ~ Sausages and veg
Fri ~ Cheap Chow Mein
Sat ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise and Garlic Bread
Sun ~ Chicken snitzels and chips

Desserts have been rather simple ice cream and canned fruit this week.
I have made some cupcakes to practice some icing techniques on too.

Do you Menu Plan? Would love for you to share, just link up below.

Take Care

Monday, November 4, 2013

Menu Planning Mondays Link Up!

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Fried Rice

Sorry I didn't post a menu plan last monday. We were down with a horrible case of gastro all week. It's finally left us though thank goodness.
So now for a double menu plan!

Mon ~ Homemade Hamburgers
Tues ~ French Onion Lamb chops and veg
Wed ~ Grilled sausages and veg
Thurs ~ Pasta Carbonara and Garlic Bread
Fri ~ Chicken snitzels and veg with Diane sauce
Sat ~ French Onion Chicken Casserole
Sun ~ Roast Pork and veg

Mon ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise and Garlic Bread
Tues ~ Out for lunch
Wed ~ I was ill, fend for yourself
Thurs ~ Ill again, fend for yourself
Fri ~ Slow Cooked Beef Casserole
Sat ~ Late lunch so we didn't have anything
Sun ~ Fried Rice and marinated chicken wings

I didn't bake anything this fortnight and dessert, when we had them were usually icy poles of ice cream.

Do you Menu Plan? Would love for you to share, just link up below.

Take Care