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.
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.