A couple days ago I shared my method for making yogurt here. The biggest challenge while making it is keeping a constant read on the temperature so you know when to take the milk off the heat and when to add the yogurt.
In the past, I just kept putting the thermometer in the milk and taking it out. I didn’t want to leave it sitting in the double boiler because I’d get an inaccurate read if the thermometer was touching the bottom of the bowl. The last time I made yogurt, I knew there had to be a better way (my thermometer is from the Dollar Store so it doesn’t have a handy clip to keep it in the pan without touching the walls). Enter my handy-dandy bamboo skewer.
I had a skewer that was just long enough to fit across the top of the bowl, so I used tape to attach it to the back of my thermometer. Now, I can get a quick and accurate read of the temperature of the milk while it’s heating on the double boiler and when it’s cooling on the counter. If I ever need to use the thermometer for something else I can take the tape off the back (or since it was a dollar I could buy another one).