Now that I have my IP I would like to make yogurt but wnated to ask a few questions first. When I make it the "old fashion way", lol, I use about a cup of starter to 1 gallon of milk then I let it incubate for 6 or more hours. Also, I often add sugar and vanilla (I know sugar is bad but my people won't eat it otherwise) before adding the culture but I have read that it is best to wait and add that stuff after incubation. So, here are my questions...1)how much starter is needed for 1 gallon of milk, because I wonder if I am using too much. 2) how long does it need to incubate in the IP? I have read that incubating for too long results in a more sour yogurt. 3) I always thought stirring the yogurt before letting it set up in the fridge overnight was bad so when would I add my sweetener? 4) Has anyone tried putting the milk in jars in the IP, or the like, when making the yogurt so that it is already contained when it is done incubating? The instruction book that came w/my IP says you can use jars so I just wondered if anyone has done it that way or are you just filling the IP pot?
Guess that's it. I know that making the yogurt has to be simple but I just wanted some clarification before I try it.
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I don't have IP specific answers, but I would go ahead and add the sugar first - seems to make it firmer. (Have you tried honey? Honey and vanilla yogurt is to die for.
If the amount of starter you are using is working, I would stick with that.
The incubation time should be pretty close to the same. You might be a little faster with the IP just because it's better at maintaining the ideal temperature, but if you are getting a set in 6 hours, you are doing a great job of that with your "old fashioned" way.
And yes, I would put it in jars, then put the jars in the IP. I have an old slow cooker that I use that way. The timer is broken, so it will stay on "warm" until I turn it off.
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