Make Your Own Yogurt

How many times have you needed yogurt and had to take a trip to the store to get it? It’s happened to me several times since we often use yogurt as a replacement for sour cream. Well, here’s a way to have yogurt all the time. With just a few steps and a little time, you can have homemade yogurt that’s right at your fingertips. My family doesn’t know the difference between what I’ve made and what I’ve bought from the store.

First thing to do is get your tools and ingredients together. You’ll need:

A crock pot with a low setting.
Some store bought plain yogurt. Yes, store bought yogurt.
Whole milk
A bath towel (not shown)

What you’ll be doing is turning your regular drinking milk into yogurt so you’ll need to have some of those nice live active cultures in the store bought yogurt to do this. So get yourself some plain yogurt. Non fat and low fat will both work and it doesn’t matter if it’s Dannon, Yoplait or another brand. However, it does have to be plain and not the flavored kind. And please make sure you check the back of the container to ensure that it says says that it has active cultures as you see on the picture here.

For each subsequent batch of yogurt that you’ll make, you’ll uses some of your homemade yogurt and won’t need to buy the store’s kind. However if this is the first time, the store bought yogurt is a requirement. Here’s some that I made and will be using for my next batch.

The next step is to measure out about 4 cups of your whole milk and pour it into your crock pot.  I have had success using 1 and 2% milk; however, the yogurt is a bit thinner and not as creamy.

Turn your crock pot on the warm setting and let the milk warm for about three hours.

When you check your milk again, you’ll see a nice film on the top of it. That’s a good thing.

Next, you’ll let your milk cool with the lid on your crock pot for another 3 hours.

Then you’ll take your store bought (or previously homemade) yogurt, about 1/4 cup and place it into the warm milk in your crock pot.

Place the lid back on your crock pot, fold your bath towel in half and place it over your crock pot. Let it sit for about 6 hours or so. This is great to do before you go to bed and when you rise the next morning, your yogurt is ready (although room temperature).

I’ve been making homemade yogurt for years now and my children love it blended with a little raw sugar to sweeten it a bit and some frozen fruit. It tastes just like the flavored yogurt from the store without the cost!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Dana Parker
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 22:30:47

    This is wonderful! I can't wait to give it a try. Though it takes a long time, the steps aren't so difficult, and it's well worth the labor.


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