Homemade Greek Yogurt for Beginners

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Yogurt making usually involves a bit of science.  This cold start yogurt is fast and easy for beginners!!

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HOMEMADE (Cold Start) YOGURT   - using only your microwave

For this recipe you will need:

3 cups Ultra pasturized milk (I like Fairlife – fat free milk)
2/3 cups powdered milk
2 Tablespoons of yogurt starter (more on this in a minute)

1 - 28 oz Mason jar
1 large bath towel

Yogurt Starter:  For yogurt starter you basically need live and active yogurt cultures.  You can buy freeze dried yogurt cultures online or in a health food store.  Or you can buy plain yogurt from the supermarket.  Just make sure that you buy yogurt that says "Live and Active yogurt cultures"  The good news is that you only have to buy starter once!  Each time you make yogurt you'll save a little of the completed product to start your next batch!

1.  In a clean dry mason jar combine powdered milk and liquid milk.  (I put the powdered milk first so that it mixes evenly).  Put the lid on the jar and shake until combined.  Make sure that there are no clumps of powdered milk floating around.
2.  REMOVE THE LID FROM THE JAR and microwave for approx 2 1/2 minutes or until the milk reaches 110 degrees. 
3.  Carefully remove the warm milk from the microwave and stir in yogurt starter.
5.  Put the lid on the jar.  Wrap the jar in a towel and return it to the microwave for 8-12 hours until set.  (I prefer to make yogurt at night.  It incubates over night and you have fresh yogurt in the morning)
6.  Refrigerate finished yogurt until cool to stop the incubating process.
7.  Enjoy!

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