Homemade Yogurt

I used to help my mom make this recipe. It’s very simple.

Equipment Needed: Large stainless steel pot, stainless steel whisk, candy thermometer, canning jars including lids and rings, large cooler, 2 rice bags.

Boil 2 quarts of water in the pot

Mix 2 1/2 cups powdered milk with 4 cups of water in the blender.

When the water in the pot is boiling add the powdered milk mix and a 12-oz can Evaporated Milk. Turn the heat down 2 or 3 notches.

Watch and stir constantly with a wire whisk until the milk begins to boil at about 170 degrees. It’s hard to tell when this is because there is a layer of foam on top of the milk. It starts to steam and then the foam suddenly starts to rise. I lift the pan off the burner immediately and set it on a heat-resistant surface and continue to stir for about a minute.

While the milk is cooling I set out the yogurt starter to warm up a bit. When the milk is about 120 degrees I  heat the rice bags for 6-7 minutes on full power in the microwave and put them in the cooler to start warming it up.

Then you wait until the milk drops in temperature to about 112 degrees, or you can use the Greek way–when you can hold your finger in the milk for 10 seconds then it is cool enough. At this point you add the yogurt starter (plain, low-fat yogurt), 1/4-3/4 cup. I use 3/4 cup. Use a good quality yogurt such as Nancy’s. It should have nothing but milk products in it. Mix the starter in well with the whisk.

Pour into 4 clean quart jars. Cap them. Put them in a single row down the middle of the cooler with the heated rice bags on either side, close the lid and let sit for at least 4 hours and up to 9 hours if you like it thicker and more sour.

Use as a sour cream substitute, or for buttermilk. It’s yummy on pancakes or waffles with a little jam or syrup, it tastes great by itself or with a little white or brown sugar or flavored liquid stevia, or fruit.



Inexpensive Water Barrels

Michelle J shares this info with us:

Hi Jennifer,
I just found a good source for water barrels–
55 gal—$15
30 gal—$15
15 gal—$12
Name:  Graham
I don’t know what ‘kind’ of plastic, but do know he got them from the Coca Cola bottling plant.  They store their syrup in them.  He said they have been washed out good but sometimes there is the smell of the syrup.  He puts 1 C of Clorox in a couple of gallons of water and soaks them for a couple of hours.  That takes the smell/taste out.  Then he fills them up.
He sells them for a little extra $.  I did a web search, he came up and I called.  He is LDS and sells all over the valley.  He said he’s never had a complaint.  I’m thrilled to have them.  They look very similar to what’s being sold for much more at the food storage places.
Thanks Michelle!

Garden City Cannery Info

Here is how you get the latest products, prices, schedules, policies, etc  from the cannery.

It’s unique.


username: gccannery2011@gmail.com

password: cannery2011

You will see a list of various documents you can get in various formats.

Their phone number is: 208 375-7893

Hope this helps,


Oven-Processed Homemade Soap

Homemade Soap.

This came from Cook’n.

This is a very simple recipe with only 4 ingredients and a video to show you how to do it. I’ve made soap before but I didn’t use the oven which speeds up the process.

This is a great way to make beautiful natural soap without any detergents and which still contains the glycerin–a natural byproduct of saponification (soap-making) that manufactures remove and resell as a valuable skin softener.

In my opinion, it could be made even more wonderful by the addition of essential oils. Another way to do it is to make it just as it is in the recipe and pour it into a large mold. When it has cured you can pop it out, grate it, re-melt, it and make small batches with the scents and additives you want such as oatmeal or lavender or cinnamon, etc. This makes an even better, more superior, bar and is known as “milling” in the soap-making industry (as in French triple-milled bars).

This is a good thing to know how to make to be self-sufficient and it’s just fun. Homemade bars make great gifts.

This has inspired me! I think I’m going to make soap again! Anyone interested?