Saturday, March 6, 2010

The demise of my yoghurt jar

The other day I found a bit of glass in my smoothie, so small that it could have been a strawberry seed. I searched all of the surfaces of my glass, but there were no chips.

Today I took a large piece of glass out of my granola with yoghurt. Hmm. The common ingredient was yoghurt. I didn't eat that bowl of granola and went to inspect the jar of yoghurt. No chips on the edges or on the glass lid. But I didn't trust it, emptied the remaining yohurt and filled the jar to rinse it out.

This reminds me of the peeing statue in Belgium. As you release the clasp, it clangs pretty hard against the side of the jar, but I wouldn't have though it was enough to break the glass. This makes me sad. It's my favourite yoghurt jar. I'll need to get a new pretty jar.

I've been making yoghurt this year. Not rocket science, but here's how I do it:

Boil 4 cups of water.

Add 1 cup of skim milk powder and stir.

Let it cool until you can hold a finger in the jar for 10 seconds without
flinching or burning.

Add 3 tbsp of thick yoghurt and mix it up.

Wrap your pretty jar (or plain mason if your jar now pees) in a towel and
place in a warm oven. I heat mine to 200c and the turn it off before
putting the jar in. Let it sit undisturbed overnight. If it's not
thick in the morning, take it out of the oven, heat the oven again, and put it
back for another 8 hours or so.

It's very easy and yummy. I use a thick Greek yohurt, and it needs to have active bacteria and no gelatin added. After the first batch you can use the last of your own yoghurt as the starter. After a few batches you'll need to buy some more Greek yoghurt though. It starts to get runny.

I like having something to look for when I go into thrift shops. I've got plenty of felted wool now, so I'll start eyeing the bottles.


Tamara Jansen said...

Wow, that's scary! How does a piece just chip off like that?

Anonymous said...

it reminds me of a peeing statue too! Would make a nice garden piece!!