I'm really pleased.
It was a little tricky, because I was heating the milk in a makeshift double boiler, and it was taking forever to get to 185 degrees (to kill off whatever eats up the yogurt cultures and keeps them from multiplying, I think). Finally I discovered I had let the pan boil dry! No harm done, but it kept me in a hot kitchen a lot longer than I would have otherwise.
Anyway, I let it cool to 110, stirred in a couple tablespoons of store bought yogurt, and put my container (a crockpot container) into an insulated bag. All night long, while I slept, those little bacteria guys were busy, busy, busy!
When I checked it this morning, it was perfect. It was thick and yogurty! I haven't tasted any yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
Okay, just out of curiosity, I went to Safeway.com and did some price checking, to see if it's really cheaper this way. Here's what I found, assuming all whole milk products, not organic:
A half gallon of milk is $2.49, or $.04 per fluid oz.
A 32 oz tub of Mountain High plain yogurt is $3.89, or $0.12 per oz.
And the individual tubs of plain Brown Cow (the only individual whole milk yogurt I can find) are $1.49 each, or $0.25 per oz.
So, it's about three times less expensive than buying the big tubs, and 6+ times less expensive than buying the individual cups. Cool!
Now...here's where it relates to AS, in a small way. David wakes up earlier than anyone else, and on the days when he isn't afraid to go downstairs by himself, he goes into the kitchen and grabs himself a tub of maple Brown Cow. There's no way he's going to go through all the work of scooping up homemade yogurt into a bowl and pouring in his own syrup. That's got more than two steps, and might even require him to *gasp* open the dishwasher! I'm sure he won't even attempt it. So I'm going to have to find a good way to make up some individual portions which are appealing enough for him to eat. That's my challenge. I'll let you all know how it goes. :)