DIY: Homemade Yogurt – You Won’t Believe How Easy

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English: A candy thermometer shows that the milk heated for making yogurt has reached 180F (82C). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own homemade yogurt. You need a live yogurt culture that is found in plain whole-milk yogurt. The yogurt you use as a starter should not contain starch or modified starch -read the label.

Servings: 4 cups


  • 4 cups whole, 2% or non-fat milk, preferably organic
    • Note: A higher fat content milk like whole will give you a thicker, creamier yogurt. Also, avoid milk that has been Ultra High-Temperature pasteurized (UHT).
  • 4 tablespoons plain whole-milk yogurt, preferably organic


Start by sanitizing your equipment. Fill a heatproof bowl you are using with boiling water, soaking the spoons and spatula and whatever else you are using in the hot water for a few minutes.

Add 4 cups of milk to pot over medium heat, bring milk to 180°F, (Do not go over 200°F; it is burning point for milk.) stirring regularly to prevent scorching. Once milk has reached temperature, allow it to cool to 110°F (place pot in an ice bath to speed cooling, if desired).

Pour it into a large bowl, then stir in the yogurt. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let it sit at room temperature overnight.

image(5)If desired, pour off the excess water at the top before serving or storing. The yogurt can be refrigerated for five days.

If you like the Greek-style consistency, Place a strainer over a bowl and line it with two layers of cheese cloth. Spoon yogurt into lined strainer and allow to drain for two hours or until desired thickness.



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4 thoughts on “DIY: Homemade Yogurt – You Won’t Believe How Easy

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    pick up said:
    September 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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    eatandbehealthy said:
    September 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Very cool!!


    Jess Benoit said:
    September 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve always made mine in the crock pot. I’ll have to try it this way…thanks!


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