There are SO many benefits to making your own yogurt! First of all, it tastes SO much better when you make it yourself! Secondly, it is way cheaper! Last but not least, it is packed full of healthy probiotics to support a happy gut!

And for me, the best part is that it is SUPER easy! 😀

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Make Your Own Yogurt
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Instructions
  1. Slowly heat the milk to 185-195 degrees
  2. Remove from heat, and allow to cool to 100-115 degrees
  3. Whisk in yogurt and make sure it is fully mixed in
  4. Pour into a jar, screw on lid and either: place in dehydrator @ 115 degrees -or- put on top of heating pad and place a large pot up-side down over the top of the jar. Put heating pad on low.
  5. Allow to "cook" for 8-10 hours.
  6. Place in the fridge overnight.
  7. The next morning: Enjoy!!
  8. Or if you like a thicker yogurt: pour into cheesecloth bag and allow to drip for several hours until desired thickness is reached. (Save whey for other recipes!)
Recipe Notes

You can make as much or as little as you want at a time. I personally make a gallon at a time, because we love using yogurt for pretty much all our dairy needs. We use it in place of sour cream, cream cheese, and make frozen yogurt in place of ice cream!

18 Responses

  1. I did not realize how easy it was to make your own yogurt and how it can be substituted for other dairy products. Would the same recipe apply for a non-dairy yogurt using almond or coconut milk?

    1. Yes, I used to do it years ago and I know of a few people that do it! Consistency isn’t always the same, and sometimes it takes a little longer, but still yum!

  2. Love making homemade yogurt. I simply cannot abide store-bought any longer…way too sweet! Thank you for sharing your version!

    1. It just needs to be a full-fat plain yogurt with live cultures (most yogurts that are unflavored or not highly processed). I prefer using organic Greek Yogurt myself, and the homemade version tastes much sweeter and smoother than anything you buy at the store!

  3. I’m so happy I found this! I’ve been thinking of making my own yogurt but I assumed it was super hard to do lol. This looks delicious and easy!

    1. I’m glad you did too, and I’d love to know how it turns out for you! It is sooo simple and easy to do, I wish everyone made their own! 😀

  4. I’ve never heard of using a heating pad to keep it warm! We made yogurt all the time when we lived overseas but we had a yogurt maker. Not super cheap to buy the packets to make it but anything was cheaper than buying it premade at the expat grocery store! lol

    1. That’s the only way we used to do it for a few years! lol! The thing I love about this recipe is that aside from the yogurt you start with, you never have to buy it again! You just keep using your yogurt to make more yogurt!

  5. I’ve always wanted to try and make my own but just haven’s taken the time to learn. I might just have to try it sometime.

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