Later in the morning, around 9-ish, I did the following:
I took the bowl out of the fridge, got my colander, and the crock from my slow cooker. I use the crock from my cooker for this step because I don't have a bowl that is deep enough to keep the liquid that drips from the yogurt away from the bottom of the colander. It's a little wonky, the colander doesn't exactly fit in it well, but it works for me.
|It's not a great fit, as you can see.|
|I used two towels, but I think just one would work.|
|I have taken the corners of the towels and made a little bag.|
You can't see it, but there is already whey dripping out into the crock.
I covered the yogurt lightly with the corners of the towels and put the whole thing back into the fridge. This whole process took me about 5 minutes. Probably not that long.
|Another picture of my unusually empty fridge!|
Then I left it alone, again, for several hours. I went to the grocery store, I ran errands, I ate lunch, etc., etc. I don't usually leave it for as long as I did yesterday, but I had stuff to do. Most of the time I think I leave it to drain about 2-3 hours. The longer you leave it, of course, the thicker it gets.
I got back to my yogurt again around 1:30. I took it out of the fridge and put it into the clean container I had ready.
|I picked it up this way and sort of twisted the towels and squeezed it to get even more liquid out.|
At this point it was so thick that I just sort of rolled the yogurt off the towel and into the bowl. I used a spoon to get the little globs off the sides. This part can get a little messy.
|Ta-Da! Very thick, creamy yogurt!|
And, finally, here's what I had for a treat after all my work was done!
|My homemade, full-fat, Greek-style yogurt with some frozen blueberries on top!|
I love making my own yogurt! I hope these posts will inspire you to try it yourself. Like my favorite Auntie Leila says, "If I can do it so can you."