Huh? You are making what? I'm making Yogurt Mother. Well, really I'm replenishing my villi yogurt mother, which is the culture I use for my raw milk yogurt. Like any good culture, it needs to be fed -- usually every week.
What do you feed a yogurt mother culture, you might be asking?
You need to feed it milk & cream that has been heated to 180 degrees -- the best milk you can get -- though it doesn't need to be raw cause you're going to heat it anyway. Straus Family Dairy's milk and cream is grass-fed pasturized milk here in California. Feeling cows grass instead of keeping them confined in a confined feeding system provides much healtheir milk, though in my opinion the best milk is raw milk. I grew up on raw milk from our jersey cow until I was about 11. When we sold the cow and Mom brought home milk from the store I wouldn't touch it. Ah, but I am on a tangent. Back to my subject. You want milk from the best raised, most compassionately treated cows. So in your area you may need to do some research.
The ratio of milk to mother is 3 to 1. I heat the 3 cups of milk and cream to 180 degrees and then let it cool to about 78 degrees. You can put it in an ice bath to cool it faster. I'm usually doing a lot of different things, so I often just let it cool by itself. Though, it's been warm here this week, over 80 today, so I may need to help it along.
Once it's cooled to below 80, I add a cup of mother to the 3 cups of milk (usually 1 cup cream and 2 cups milk) and after about 18 hours that yields 4 cups of newly fed mother that is raring to go to make some amazing yogurt.
I'll talk more about making the Yogurt tomorrow. Briefly though, if I use 2 cups mother to 6 cups of raw milk & cream to make yogurt, I'll have 8 cups of raw milk yogurt (after another 18 to 20 hours). and a couple of cups of mother to make either more yogurt or replenish my mother. Even cooler is that you don't need a yogurt maker or some heating device.
Remember, you always want to keep a cup of mother that you can use to replenish your mother supply. without feeding your mother weakens after about a week and doesn't make yogurt that is as good.
Where can you get the Viili culture? Well if you are in the Southern CA area you can become a member of Culture Club 101 here in Pasadena and purchase one or you might talk with Real Food Devotee, Monica. Or you can order the culture from Cultures for Health.