Aug.21…. Yogurt making,and a unwanted critter

I make yogurt ,have made a lot of yogurt in my time. When the children were all at home ,and we had a cow, I made yogurt by the quarts. I now only do it in pints. It is a good food to have on hand when Leona is having a bad day ,and her throat muscles are weak. Here is how I do it,and it is really very easy to do.

I put two qts of whole milk in a heavier pan with 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin . Let it set for about 3 minutes so the gelatin can  absorb the cold milk so it mixes in the milk good. Cook the milk until it reaches the temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. I stir the milk often so as not to stick to the pan.


Remove pan from burner, add 3/4 cup of sugar,with 1/2 teaspoon  of vanilla . Stir well,and place pan in cool water in the sink. Bring the temperature down to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 3/4 cup of yogurt with live ,active cultures. Plain Greek yogurt works great. I freeze extra in 3/4 cup proportions for when I run out of my own yogurt. Just thaw out the yogurt before using. Pour into pint jars,I like to use glass as I can make sure it is a good clean jar. Then it is to be kept warm at 110 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 hrs. You can use your oven,or electric pressure cooker,or in kitchen sink with warm water which is a bit more time consuming for you have to watch the temperature of the water close. If using an oven put jars in a bowl of water it helps even the temperature around the jars. I have also used a cooler with a heating pad in it ,once again one needs to keep an eye on temperature if it gets too warm then you will have more of a custard than yogurt ,also your cultures are killed.

After 6 hrs refrigerate the yogurt… Enjoy with what ever topping you like.


And now the unwanted critter!! This was in the shed where the four wheelers and tractors are kept. Thankfully our little Jack Russell is more alert as to what is around her feet then I am! A sharp alarm bark brought the male Jack Russell mix to her aid and me scrambling out of the way!! Needless to say the dogs took care of the snake for me in short order. Which I learned later was a red belly water snake.


Meet Wiggles..who sounded the alarm


She wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to get a good picture.

The log cabin blocks are done . I was laying some down to play with how I want it to look. The first way of laying down some blocks has no reason or rhyme.it was supposed too but I needed more of a sharp contrast of colors instead of a scappy color mix.


The next layout had more of a pattern, which I like.


Have a wonderful week friends, Deb

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11 thoughts on “Aug.21…. Yogurt making,and a unwanted critter

  1. KerryCan

    Yikes! That snake!! It’s so huge–I think I’d die if I saw it near my house. I do love yogurt but have never made it–it doesn’t sound tooooo hard. And your quilt is looking very nice–I like the second layout a lot. I’ve always wanted to make a log cabin quilt but haven’t gotten around to it yet . . . .

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    1. Deb Post author

      Lol, I’m not fond of snakes either, but Ga has snakes a plenty. If they would just stay out in the woods where they belong … One blogger says she cheats with a yogurt maker, I would say that’s fair enough. 🙂

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  2. blosslyn

    Thats a bit bigger than a grass snake, but Nancy and Eddie, would have dealt with it or more than likely they would have run a mile away from it, like me 🙂 I cheat and have a yogurt making machine….. I like the second pattern 🙂

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    1. Deb Post author

      Just a little bit bigger! 😄 I just scramble out of the way with snakes,but I could break the need for speed record when it comes to rats. 😄 way to go with the yogurt ! Never used one of those before, you like it?

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      1. blosslyn

        Yes the yogurt is not too bad, but really I eat so much of it that I buy it in the supermarket for the week. Its one of those things that I plan to make more of when I retire. We make our bread most times in the bread maker, and that turns out lovely…..not go for the diet though 🙂

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  3. dezertsuz

    Very interesting. I EAT a lot of yogurt, but I never made my own. My oven won’t heat less than 150. =( That put the kibosh on my dehydrating green onions the way I’d always done them. It didn’t occur to me to check when I bought the thing! I love your log cabins, either way. It’s one of my favorite blocks to make, and they are usually scrappy – probably always in the last 25 years or more. The snake looks interesting. I guess it didn’t cause much of a challenge for your dogs. I’m doing reptiles and amphibians at the scout merit badge college in a couple of weeks. I could have used that! =)

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    1. Deb Post author

      Bummers on not being able to dehydrate. I love the scrappy log cabins more for it fits the title better. Homey and warm. Can you use the excuse of ” I found this snake online”?!! 😄

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