We love yogurt and eat it often. I have been buying the 7-Star brand yogurt sweetened with real maple syrup. It is so good and so good for you. However, with all the milk that we have in this house, we need to be making our own. I have tried several different methods and gotten some great tasting, but VERY runny yogurt. People have told me to add powdered milk or gelatin, but I don't want extra junk in my yogurt. :) Also, most of the recipes you see say that you need to pasteurize your milk. I want to make a raw milk yogurt. If you want to leave all the wonderful enzymes in your yogurt, simply heat the milk to only 110 degrees. For each quart of milk use at least 2 Tbs. of yogurt for a starter. Please make sure that the yogurt you use has live cultures in it. You may also want to use plain yogurt for your starter. That way if you decide on a different flavor, you won't have to mask the first flavor.
Part of the problem was keeping the temperature consistent for 8 hours or more. I have tried putting it in a cooler with hot water, putting it in a thermos, etc. The only time I found I had a fairly consistent nice turn out, was in the winter when the wood cookstove was going. I had to do it in the morning and let it sit all day while the fire was going well. I would sit my yogurt on the cool end of the stove.
I have found the solution. After much research and reading, I have purchased the following.
It is inexpensive and does not have all the bells and whistles that some yogurt makers have, but it will keep the temperature consistent for the 8 hours I need. It also has individual glass jars, which will be great to send in Michael's lunch, or to grab on the go. I also like the fact that the jars are glass which makes them easy to clean. You can also do a different flavor in every jar if you wanted to. I was able to purchase it with Amazon gift cards that I won through my Swagbucks.