How to Make Goat Milk Greek Yogurt

As I mentioned earlier, turning our raw goat milk into homemade yogurt is a great way to fill my children with healthy probiotics and boost their immune system.

Unless you heat the milk for extended time periods or add powdered milk, most homemade yogurt will come out fairly runny.  While this is great for smoothies, thicker greek-style yogurt is preferred in my family.

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To thicken your yogurt, all you really need to do is remove some of the whey (the liquid that separates out).  I’ve used many methods over the years – including cheese cloth and special cone filters.  They all worked, but were not the most convenient methods.

I have a new absolutely favorite tool.  I purchased this Greek Yogurt strainer* and I LOVE it.  (I love it so much that I acutally have 4 of them!)

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Each strainer can hold one of the Yogourmet* containers that I use.  As I mentioned in the previous post, I have two Yogourmets so I make 1 gallon of yogurt at a time.  I have four of the strainers because we prefer to leave the yogurt in the strainers for 24-48 hours.  This produces a very  thick, super yummy yogurt.

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To use the strainer, simply pour the finished yogurt into the strainer (it does splatter):

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Put the lid on and let it sit in the refrigerator for as long as desired.

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Then take it out and put the yogurt into a container (or eat directly).

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You can see in the below photo how much whey separates initially (strainer on left) vs after 24 hours (strainer on right).

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So the question then becomes, if I make so much yogurt, what do I do with all that whey?  That (of course) is the subject of an upcoming blog post!

Have you ever made your own yogurt?  Do you strain it?

PJ

 

 

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  • Helen

    Your family is quite inspiring. Keep it up with the kids!! (pun intended)

    • goatmilkstuff

      LOL Thanks!! That’s the plan. 🙂 PJ