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Get cultured. Make your own yogurt.

Whomever convinced you that yogurt was just for breakfast did mankind a grave injustice. In the US, yogurt tends to be confined to the breakfast table, shackled to some sad-looking granola. But head East, and yogurt becomes not only the most widely used condiment, marinade and sauce on everything from sizzling tandori lamb chops, to stuffed grape leaves (Turkish dolma, Greek dolmades), but also panacea for all that could possibly go wrong in one’s life. “Is that an oven burn on your pinky?” My grandma would shriek, “It’s okay, it’s okay, we put Windex yogurt on it.” What about that sun burn? Forget the aloe, just marinate yourself in yogurt and you’ll be good to go. Suffering from an upset stomach? By this point you should know what to do.

Aside from the myriad of useful remedies, yogurt is extremely nutritious. A quick Google searched confirmed Grandma’s claims: yogurt lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system, helps with lactose intolerance (eating yogurt with live cultures seems to improve lactose tolerance) and is rich in calcium and protein.

With all this in mind, you can imagine the amount of yogurt consumed in my household. Albeit being delicious, there is no way those little store-bought pots would cut it, so I resorted to following in granny’s footsteps and making yogurt from scratch! You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make fresh, delicious homemade yogurt.