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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


The Cheese Stands Alone

Yesterday I made cheese from my homemade yogurt and boy howdy! Is that stuff ever yummy! Move over, cream cheese.

My yogurt maker is this one: the YoGourmet Yogurt Maker. (I know you can make yogurt in a slow cooker, but this baby has a much smaller footprint which is great for my small kitchen.) I bought an extra jar for it too.

And although I know that I can make cheese with the help of cheesecloth, I bought this little yogurt cheese maker. No fuss, no muss!

I realize that this has nothing to do with knitting but I got some emails asking about my yogurt maker.

I use fat-free milk, so (guided by the instruction booklet that came with the yogurt maker) I add some fat-free milk powder while heating the milk, to make the resulting yogurt thicker. You can also add unflavored gelatin as well. I do that for batches I am making that I am not using to make cheese — you don’t want to use gelatin there.

I’m thinking about adding herbs and stuff to my yogurt cheese to make my own Boursin-like concoction. Nom!

And I am still knitting along on my Chevron Stole, albeit rather slowly.

Lucy sez:

“Did you make a mistake here?”


  1. patricia says:

    Homemade yogurt is the best! I’ll have to attempt the yogurt cheese now.

    Keep up the good work Inspector Lucy!

  2. I don’t know if I’d make enough yogurt to justify a yogurt maker, but yogurt cheese, on the other hand . . .

  3. I’ve been making my own yogurt for almost a year now. What’s the consistency like when you use skim milk? I use whole milk, and add 2 tbsp of dry skim milk to amp up the texture of the yogurt. (I like mine thick!)

  4. That is cool! I’ve been contemplating buying a yogurt maker for a while, but haven’t quite taken that step yet. We’re still working on our bread baking skills.

    The Chevron looks gorgeous. More beautiful, of course, with Lucy standing on it. 🙂
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..She’s baack… With pix. =-.

  5. Huh, I’d never thought about making cheese from yogurt. I suppose I should do more of my own food making. But like Virginia, for right now I’m sticking to bread.

  6. We love yogurt cheese around here and really should invest in a yogurt maker. We get milk delivered each week and never get through the minimum order. Making yogurt/yogurt cheese would be the perfect answer!
    .-= Kristi aka FiberFool´s last blog ..Big Weekend… =-.

  7. Dorothy says:

    That sounds yummy indeed!! I may have to try that. I will have to look up that maker.!

  8. I love my greek yogurt so I guess I am going to have to get on this yogurt making craze sweeping the knit blogs because that stuff ain’t cheap.
    Anyway, I just wanted you to know that my kid’s loved what Lucy did to her mouse. Her antics made their day. They, nor I, Facebook but we are still Lucy fans.

  9. myra Harrell Fleming says:

    Anxious to see the blocked version of shawl. Yoghurt basically needs warmth, stillness and the rennett (sp) to become yoghurt. One could use regular 1/2 pt canning jars set on top of a water heater. You are right…good stuff.

  10. Whitney says:

    That is the exact same setup I use to make my Greek-style yogurt! I received the yogurt maker and strainer for Christmas and haven’t bought store bought since. Good choice. 😉

    I haven’t made cheese yet, though. I have a recipe for yogurt cheesecake though, so for the next special occasion, maybe I’ll go ahead and do it.

  11. paisleyapron says:

    Hey, my hubby and I got the same yogurt maker for a wedding gift and we are still using it twice a week…twelve years later! I cannot say enough about that. If only they provided a glass jar that didn’t wear out, I would be over the moon happy.

    If you succeed at the Boursin thing, would you post the recipe? I love Boursin, but can’t plunk down the cash for it often.

    Lucy cracks me up.

  12. All this yogurt and cheese making has obviously slowed down your knitting progress! 😉 Just kidding – I eat a lot of yogurt, and am seriously contemplating making my own (since everyone else in the world seems to!).
    .-= janna´s last blog ..From the Mail Lady =-.

  13. Tell Lucy that no one likes a nit-picker! Even in progress, that looks lovely.
    .-= ccr in MA´s last blog ..Quick note before watching the Bruins game =-.

  14. I love the pictures, and my kitties would love Lucy. LOL. I live in your alternate universe 🙂 I make yogurt by the gallon for my children 5 boys, 1 girl). I use the oven and stove…no need for a yogurt maker. There is no comparison…homemade is better.

  15. Kathie Brownlee says:

    Hoping Lucy has no claws.

  16. My yogurt maker came out this week after a bit of a hiatus, and I’ve made two fab batches so far (if one doesn’t think about the milk that boiled over on the stove when I wasn’t paying attention.) I love it plain, strained, with cinnamon and agave syrup, with some all-fruit jam…it’s all good!

  17. Regarding the Yoghurt maker, my mother has made yoghurt for us for years and years with a Tupperware yoghurt maker. It is just a big tupperware box, pour the yoghurt-to-be in the little jars, put cooking water in there, wait, voilá, Yoghurt!

    Makes the carbon footprint damn near invisible.

  18. Hi Google Labna Cheese. This is the herbed cheese made from yoghurt. It is divine. You can experiment with different herbs and flavours. Have fun
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Nearly Insane Block 54 =-.

  19. I enjoy making my yogurt in a crockpot, but it is definitely not for everybody. That reminds me that I need to double check my last batch (which was a little thin by my tastes) and decide if it is time to make another batch. Yum!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..[insert title here] =-.

  20. I am jumping on the yogurt cheese bandwagon. (thanks, Lynne, for the Labna cheese info). I make my yogurt in my crockpot, and love that I can get that nice, thick style without paying extra at the store. So much better, and cheaper, than store-bought. I have a new batch in the fridge, so I guess I’ll be hunting around for my cheesecloth this afternoon. If I could get a Boursin-like substitute, the whole family would be over the moon. We love it but usually only buy it when we’re flush.
    The picture of the stole start is lovely. I am so tempted to start one of my own, after months of holding out while seeing your beautiful shawls. I guess I am a sucker for a rectangle.

  21. Just wanted to say, that back thing totally s*cks and you should feel free to moan, it might help and everybody would understand.

    That periwinkle yarn is a terrific color. Mmh. Save your back for knitting that beautiful stuff.

    That cat has good taste when it comes to picking a perch. Luxe kitty.

  22. mary Roach says:

    I am working on miss woodhouse right now and look forward to the stole pattern. Please random number generator, please pick me.

  23. The stole is very pretty!
    Glad to hear the clean eating has worked for you. Hope your spinal vertebrae become more cooperative! At least you’re still knitting 🙂

  24. Home yog! yummy-ola. I got my Salton over 15 years ago for $10 and it still performs perfectly in less space than my 4-cup auto-drip. Best. Buy. Ever.

    I find dried milk — unless you’ve got a super fresh, spray-dried source — can be chalky or leave a cooked flavor. I save the powdered stuff for bread-making: Hosanna for the Cornell Formula + Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day.

    If I’m looking for super thick and creamy, I wait until the yogurt is cold and lightly stir the top. The whey will separate. Each time I get some, I pour off the whey and stir the portion of yogurt before using to maximize creamy-ness. The bottom of the quart is ricotta’s saintly twin, XD; even with skim milk.

    Hope this helps. Keep smiling.
    PS. Kitties like sweet fresh whey.

  25. We’ve also been making our own yogurt for several months but I was unaware of the possibilities of yogurt cheese. Thanks for this — I can’t wait to try it.

    (Your clean eating post a few months back was the catalyst for me to finally subscribe to the magazine Clean Eating and I’m so glad I did. So thanks for that, too!)
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Shower =-.

  26. I used to make yogurt, then quit. You have motivated me to get back into the swing of things. A perfect excuse to knit while the yogurt cooks. I could get a lot of knitting done! I read your posts every day and thoroughly enjoy every one. Thanks.

  27. LaVelle Nott says:

    I am always up for a free book, signed by the author. I would love to be part of your drawing. I love all your shawllettes. I can’t believe how fast you can knit them. I’m impressed.