My First Creamery Experience: Working (Theoretically) with the Milkmaid! (Part 3)
Finally, the last section to my first ever experience creating dairy products. Quick recap: Last night I completed making farmer’s cheese, made some of it into what I think to be the yummiest cream cheese I’ve had up to date, and stored my yogurt in the fridge to, well, refrigerate.
This morning, almost 24 hours after starting the yogurt making process, I finally got to eat some of it.
The yogurt was exactly what I was expecting it to be, if not more. Bulgarian yogurt has a bit of a rougher texture than that of American Yogurt, but it’s not as thick as Greek Yogurt either. That’s exactly what I got with this batch! I added some of my home-made granola to it and even made a little parfait!
Now, here’s the thing. It normally takes a few days (if not a week) for my family to get through a quart of yogurt. And this recipe? Well… It made 4 quarts. I freaked out at first. What on earth am I going to do with all of this yogurt I’ve got laying around?! I don’t want it to go bad.. I’ve worked so so hard on making it all in the first place.
Then I remembered my dad’s recent cravings for Indian Cuisine. There was a short period of time back in June where we went out for Indian food once a week. Before that? It was a rare occasion. Once a year, if even. Much of the Indian food I’m aware of calls for yogurt, so that is when my mother and I got the idea to make some home made Indian food! What are we making, you ask?
Saturday: Mughlei-Style Chicken* (Mother’s choice)
Sunday: Beef Rogan Josh (My dad’s number one, favourite food. Ever.)*
That’ll hopefully use up about half a container of yogurt itself. I’ve also decided that I’m going to strain one of the containers of yogurt, just to see how that alters the flavour and texture. Other than that, I’m taking the rest of one of the quarts with me to work tomorrow so my co-workers (as well as other people who work in the market place) can have a lovely completely home made breakfast!
Hopefully I can get through all of this yogurt. I know one of my favourite co-workers Haley told me she could eat a quart all to herself. Deep deep down I hope she was serious about that!
*Alas, I will not be partaking in the eating of either of these meals, for I am vegetarian. But I know I’ll enjoy making the sauces!