Making yoghurt at home with my mum brings back all kinds of childhood memory and kitchen smells for me. I would watch my mum boil the milk and pour it into her old cracked brown clay pot (I must see if she still has that).
I would quite often be made to run over the road to our friends house to ask if they had any 'old yoghurt' we could use to start the new yoghurt off with. She would then stir it into the warm milk and very delicately wrap the pot in a dark blue woollen blanket which had swirls of red running through the fibres.
Very carefully it would be placed it in cardboard box that was then moved into it's occasional home under the stairs. Mum would then spend a good 10 minutes telling the three of us in no uncertain terms that if we knocked it over we were in for it.
The fun bit was alway the unveiling, had it worked? would it be nice an thick? Mum would always seem to be a bit nervous as she took the lid off but every time it had set and looked creamy and delicious.
Making your own yoghurt is one of those things that makes you feel good - it's healthy, it saves you money, it's simple, tastes good and is fun.
All you need is a pot with a heavy lid, and some 'old' yoghurt. I like to use full fat milk but you can use skimmed, or long-life too. One pint of milk will give you about 400g of yoghurt.