- You can speed up the cooling process in step 2 by placing pan into a sink of ice water (don't let any water get into the pan!) and stirring until 100-120 degrees.
- When making your next batch, use starter from your first batch. However, it works best if you use it in the first 2-5 days while the cultures are fresh. If you won't be making more that soon, freeze your yogurt in ice cube trays and thaw enough cubes to start your next batch.
- Other methods of incubating yogurt: pour yogurt into a large thermos, in your crockpot on warm (some have great success with this but I think my crock pot is too warm--it scorches around the edges); with a heating pad; using the pilot light in the oven; outside in the bright sun, etc. The goal is to maintain a warm temperature of the milk throughout the process. Look on the internet for more information about some of these other methods.
- Yogurt will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
- Ways to enjoy your yogurt: for breakfast with granola or fruit, stir in jam for flavor, make smoothies, drain over cheesecloth (unsweetened) and use as a sour cream substitute, make frozen yogurt in your ice cream freezer
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Form dough into loaves (makes about 6) and place into greased pans. Cover with a thin towel and let rise about 1 hour or until doubled. (if it rises in a warm place, 30 minutes may be enough.) Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes on center rack of oven. Immediately spray tops of loaves with water if you want a softer crust. Let cool 5 minutes then place on wire rack to cool completely. Put in plastic bags to store. If bread won’t be eaten in the next two days, put in freezer to keep fresh and thaw before using.
Monday, March 1, 2010
1-15 oz. can garbonzo beans, drained (I used 1-3/4 cup cooked dry beans)
1 cup bread crumbs (I put a couple of slices of homemade wheat bread in the blender)
1 cup shredded carrots (the recipe says to add your favorite vegetable)
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
ketchup, mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, cheese, avocado, etc.
Rolls or buns
Preheat oven to 350. Put the garbanzos and eggs into a bowl and mash them together with a potato masher. (Corinne loved doing this for me). You want the mixture to be well combined, but a little chunky. Add the bread crumbs, carrots (or any other vegetables you’d like), and seasonings.
Form the mixture into 6 patties. I divided the mixture into mounds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and then formed them into round patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
Bake for about 25 minutes until lightly browned. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.