Saving Plastic by Making your own Yogurt

I take great pleasure in making my own yogurt. It is easy to do, and I find it more tasty and natural than the store-bought one.

There are many recipes on the internet on how to do it. I found this guide from the New York Times very useful.

I do not own the special “yogurt machine”, the only utensil I bought was the digital instant-read thermometer.

I buy the best milk available, and the most natural yougurt as starter. I use glass cans, and sometimes my little “cocottes” just to add a pretty touch. Once done as explained in the link, I put everything in the oven overnight, with only the light on and no heat. In the morning I put them in the refrigeratore where it thicken as it chills, and it’s ready.

It tastes light, fresh, and delicious; sometimes I add a teaspoon of honey, but seldom. I’m usually not interested in adding jams or granola.

I calculated that with about $3.50 I can have yougurt for about 10 days. But aside from the economic point of view, what makes me feel good is that I do not have all those plastic cans. Although recycling is pretty active in Europe, I do prefer not to buy plastic.

EU new rules to reduce marine litter.

This is just one way to do my part.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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