Both posts made it look SO easy, I decided to give it a shot. I decided that using the "preheated oven" approach would be the easiest, but I worried that my oven might not be warm enough because it's electric instead of gas and doesn't have a pilot light. But I figured that if it wasn't warm enough, oh well, the milk just wouldn't turn into yogurt.
Boy was I wrong!
Now, neither of these posts that I'd read mentioned anything about making yogurt with a 16-month-old underfoot. I need to remember in future to always factor in 1) major distractions and 2) sleep-deprivation-related "mommy brain."
Somehow I managed to get through the process of heating and cooling the milk. I even managed to mix in my yogurt starter. I poured it carefully into an upcycled spaghetti sauce jar, saved and meticulously cleaned for this purpose. I placed it into my preheated oven, turned off.
When I checked on my project, the oven seemed too cool, so I turned it back on just for a few seconds to warm back up.
And that is where the whole thing went horribly wrong. An hour later, I walked past the oven and wondered, "what's that weird hissing sound? And why is the oven at 300 degrees?"
|Can you see it boiling? GROSS!|
That's right, the hissing was a HORRIFYING MILK BOMB, ready to explode after being in a 300-degree oven for an entire hour!!!!!!!!!!!! I was too scared to touch it - I really thought it might explode and send shards of glass and molten milk everywhere. So I let it cool. It continued to boil for HOURS. Finally I was brave enough to bring it outside, where it still sits, a reminder of my failure.
Let's hope next time is a big Yogurt Win! :)