How to Make Yogurt at Home: Easy as 1,2,3

It's fun and easy to make yummy, probiotic rich yogurt at home.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Homemade Yogurt

Step 1

Heat Milk

Pour 1/2 Gallon of milk into a stainless steel pot and heat to 185F degrees on a stove top over medium heat. Once heated let milk sit for 10-15 minutes.

Equipment: Stainless steel and glass are the best materials to use when making cheese because they are easy to clean and sterilize.

Step 2

Add Yogurt Culture

Cool milk to 115F, by placing the pot into a sink filled with cold water. Once cooled, set pot on the countertop, add Yogurt Culture to the milk and mix well.

What is Yogurt Culture? Yogurt culture is a 'friendly bacteria' that converts lactose, milk sugar, into lactic acid. This process adds flavor and thickens milk it into a yogurt.

Step 3

Set Milk

Select one of the options below to keep your milk warm. Then let it sit quietly for 6-12 hours, until a thick yogurt forms, longer time = thicker yogurt. Once set, yogurt can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for 7-14 days.

Ways to Keep Milk Warm:

  • Place a lid on the pot and cover with a towel
  • Set pot of milk into an insulated cooler
  • Transfer milk into a Yogurt Maker
  • Pour milk into a clean slow cooker on a low heat setting


Greek Yogurt

Before storing in the refrigerator, ladle yogurt into a large colander lined with Butter Muslin to drain for 1-2+ hours. This can be done at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

You can customize the texture of your Greek Yogurt by draining for more or less time.

This Yogurt Outshines Store Bought!

"This is by far my favorite yogurt culture! It's really easy and always produces a fantastic, flavorful yogurt that is so much better than store bought stuff."

–Jeanne K.


Yogurt Parfaits / A Healthy Sundae

Yogurt sundaes are fun to make, healthy and delicious!

With fresh fruit, your favorite granola, a drizzle of honey and crushed graham crackers you can transform homemade yogurt into a fantastic treat.

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