Learn How to Make Homemade Yogurt
Hi Sweet Friends,
When there are so many choices of yogurt at the grocery store, many of which are reasonably priced, why would you ever want to make homemade yogurt?
The fresher the better
Well, it is still more thrifty than anything you can buy from the store—but more importantly—fresh homemade yogurt will be teaming with many more probiotics than those sitting on the shelves at the grocery store! And my recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need is a bowl. No machine required!
Use whole milk for the creamiest yogurt
You can make homemade yogurt as rich and creamy as you like, especially if you use whole milk. And you can also control the level of tartness that you like. Less tart—culture it for a shorter time. More tart—culture it for a longer time. It’s all quite easy. And the nice thing about homemade yogurt is that it’s very forgiving. So don’t worry. It’s hard to mess up. You can do this! 🙂
In my YouTube video above, I walk you step-by-step through the process of how to make homemade yogurt. So give it a try today. You can do this!
Ready for more cultured dairy?
And if you would like to try your hand at another type of cultured dairy, be sure to check out my video on How to Make Milk Kefir – The Champagne of Milk!
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You can print the recipe below.
How to Make Homemade Yogurt
- 4 cups Whole milk
- 1/4 cup Plain whole milk yogurt
- Pour the milk into a pot and place it on the stove top. Bring it up to a boil over medium heat. Stir continually to make sure that the milk does not burn on the bottom of the pan. When it comes to a boil the milk will be 180 F. As soon as it boils, remove the pan from the heat.
- Allow the milk to cool to approximately 110 F. A candy thermometer is useful to determine this temperature, but if you do not have a thermometer, you can use your CLEAN finger to judge the correct temperature. The milk will feel comfortably warm to the touch. Like a warm bath. It will not be uncomfortable for you to put you your finger in the milk.
- While the milk is cooling, place a dish towel over a rimmed baking sheet to cover, and then place a large bowl onto the covered baking sheet. This larger bowl can be tempered glass, ceramic, earthenware, or stoneware. DO NOT use plastic.
- Next, place a medium-sized bowl into the larger bowl. Make sure that the medium-sized bowl is larger enough to hold the 4 cups of milk. This medium-sized bowl can be tempered glass, ceramic, earthenware, or stoneware. DO NOT use plastic.
- When the milk has cooled to the correct temperature, transfer the milk to the medium-sized bowl and add the yogurt to the milk. Stir the milk and yogurt together until the yogurt is completely incorporated.
- Boil some water in a tea kettle. Once it comes to a boil, allow it to cool for a minute or so and then pour the hot water in between the two bowls. The water should come to right below the lip of the medium-sized bowl.
- If the bowls have lids put the lid on the medium-sized bowl and then put the lid on the large bowl. If your bowls do not have lids, you can cover them with plastic wrap.
- Cover the bowls with two dish towels or one large towel and let them stand in a warm place, undisturbed. An oven that has been turned OFF but has the light on or a pilot light, is an ideal place. Other acceptable places include the top of a refrigerator or a pantry.
- After 4 hours, check the yogurt. It should be set firm. If not, re-cover it and let it continue to culture for another hour. The longer you allow it to culture, the firmer it will become, but it will also become more tangy or tart tasting. Also, keep in mind, when you refrigerate the yogurt, it will also become slightly thicker without the addition of tanginess. This is important to note if you are planning on feeding the yogurt to children (or adults for that matter!) who do not like a particularly tart tasting yogurt.
- When the yogurt has reached the consistency and taste that you like, refrigerate it. It will stay fresh for up to 1 week, refrigerated.
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|Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set Including Locking Lids (Clear), 8 piece
I love these bowls. They nest into each other and also have lids, which makes them multipurpose. You can use them for making yogurt or mixing cake batter, but they are also great for making salads and other recipes that need to be covered and refrigerated. I use these bowls everyday and find them indispensable in my kitchen.
|Pyrex 4-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set with Large 8 Cup Measuring Cup
These are a staple in my kitchen. With 4 sizes, I always have the right measuring cup for the job, and you can never go wrong with Pyrex. The quality is top par.
|All-Clad 59917 Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Cookware Set
These are another staple in my kitchen that I use practically every day. They are heavy weight and well made.
|Mini Kitchen Silicone Spatulas – Set of 6
These little gems come in so handy for helping to get into tiny nooks and crannies to get out every little bit of goodness from jars and small measuring cups.
|Classic Line Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer
This is an affordable classic thermometer for making yogurt that can also be used for making candy and deep frying. I’ve had mine for years and it has held up beautifully.
|Ball 252 Wide Mouth Quart Jar – Set Of 12
These are a workhorse in the kitchen. From canning to fermenting to making yogurt, they do the job. They even make great drinking glasses for a large lemonade!
|Ball Wide-Mouth Jar Plastic Storage Caps, 8-Count
Perfect for using on wide mouth canning jars.
|Ball Jelly Elite Collection Jam Jar – Set of 4
Perfect for culturing yogurt in individual serving sizes.
|Ball Regular Mouth Jar Plastic Storage Caps, 8-Count
Perfect for using on regular mouth jelly canning jars.
|Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel 16-Quart Covered Stockpot
A multi-use pot for everything from boiling pasta to making bone broth. As I show in my homemade yogurt video, you can also use he pot to culture yogurt in wide-mouth canning jars.
|Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel 10-Quart Covered Stockpot
As with the 16-Quart stockpot, shown above, this 10-Quart stockpot is also a multi-use pot for everything from boiling past to making bone broth. You can also use it to culture yogurt in the smaller regular mouth jelly canning jars, as demonstrated in my homemade yogurt video.
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