Many people have started preparing their own foods using traditional processes, since the food industry seems to have become solely a way of making money for the big producers and not anymore a way of feeding people and keeping them healthy.
Just to give you my personal example, I prefer eating yogurt that I combine with cereals or seeds in the morning. However, I have grown so suspicious as to the ingredients that yogurt in supermarkets has, that a while ago I’ve decided to start preparing my own homemade yogurt.
The process of making your own yogurt is simple enough: you just need a little patience, and it doesn’t include any difficult to find ingredients. What you need is fresh milk, a couple of spoons of whole plain yogurt that contains live bacteria cultures and heavy cream, if you want to obtain fat yogurt (thus cream is optional). You put the milk (and cream) in a quality material pot and you bring the mix to a bare simmer, while you stir its contents, until it forms bubbles. After that, you remove the pot and put it in a place with warm temperature. Before that, take enough milk to fill half a cup and add the yogurt you have prepared in the beginning. Then put the mixture into the warm milk pot. Cover the pot with a lid and wrap it in a towel to preserve a comfortable temperature. You need to leave it like this for 6 to 12 hours, depending on how thick you want the yogurt. After 12 hours, take the yogurt and put it in the refrigerator and let it thicken for another 4 hours. Then you can consume it. However, although the process is simple, there are a lot of things that can go wrong when you do it. That is why I recommend a yogurt maker to have for home use.
Certain products in this category will heat up the milk for you at an ideal temperature, though not all of them so you should check for this feature when you buy one, others will stir the milk in your place and will monitor time. This is very important so that you don’t overcook the yogurt or the opposite, make it too sloppy. So, if you forget the hour at which you’ve left the mix to ferment, the yogurt maker will keep that in mind for you, thus you will be able obtain a creamy yogurt of an ideal consistence.
Another thing that a yogurt maker will provide you with is more than one recipient to keep the yogurt in, thus you can make more yogurt in one round, which will allow you to save time since you won’t need to repeat the preparing process more than once. Once you get used to having one, you’ll never want to go back to making it on your own. Remember, just because we are using traditional methods, it doesn’t mean we can afford wasting the same amount of time with cooking as our grandmothers did.