Although yogurt is easily available in the market, sometimes all you want is a homemade bowl of yogurt. Setting yogurt at home is a pretty simple task. However, it can be a little difficult to set yogurt in winters as yogurt requires a little warmth to set. I used to give up on setting yogurt in winter because it would not set most of the time, wasting all the milk. Most of the methods available on the internet simply did not work for me. However, I have now found an easy way to set yogurt in winters and I am going to share it with you today!
Set Yogurt In Winters
In case you do not know how yogurt is set, I will begin from scratch. Here is what you need to make yogurt at home:
- 2 tablespoons of yogurt. This will be your starter.
- 3 cups of milk.
Of course, you can adjust the quantities depending on the amount of yogurt you need. Here is what you need to do:
- Boil milk. You can let it simmer on low heat for some time if you want a creamy consistency.
- Switch off the stove. Let the milk cool so that it is not boiling hot but just warm. This usually requires 2-3 minutes. You can check by dipping your clean finger in the milk. If the milk is unbearably hot, wait some more. However, do not let it cool off entirely. We need warm milk here.
- Take a bowl. Add yogurt to it. Pour the warm milk over it and cover it.
During summers, this is all you have to do. Just set aside the bowl for 7-8 hours and your yogurt will be ready. However, in winters your yogurt will not set this way as the temperature is simply not warm enough. To set yogurt in winters, take a pot and fill it with water to the brim. The larger the pot, the better. Now, boil this pot. Once the water has boiled, switch off the stove. Now keep the yogurt bowl and keep it in the pot! The heat emitted from the pot will provide the perfect temperature for the yogurt to set in winters! Once you feel the water has cooled down, which normally happens in about 3 hours, keep the bowl near your stove. The area near the stove is usually warmer because of the heat of the stove. Your yogurt should set in about 8 hours this way.
Most people set their yogurt at night so that they can enjoy it the next day. This is perfectly fine during the summers, but not in winters. This is because the temperature drops even further during the night. Secondly, if you are using the method I have described enough, you would want to set the yogurt at a time when your kitchen is in use so that the area near the stove remains warm.
Do try this method and let me know how it goes!