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Homemade Yogurt

Have you wanted to make homemade yogurt, but don't have a yogurt maker? Don't despair - help is on the way.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade yogurt
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling and Fermenting Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 quart milk *
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt **


  • On medium heat, heat the milk to 185°F, stirring frequently. Use a candy or meat thermometer to be accurate.
  • Remove the milk from the heat and cool to 115°F.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of yogurt from a previous batch. You may use plain, good quality store bought yogurt if this is your first batch.
  • Pour yogurt into individual jars, if desired, and keep warm for 6–8 hours, or until set. 110°F–115°F is ideal. (See post for ideas on how to keep warm without using a yogurt maker).


Recipe may be doubled or even quadrupled. I always make a gallon at a time.
*If using raw milk, be sure it is fresh or it may not set properly.
**Be sure to use yogurt with live cultures.