How to Make Whole Milk Yogurt at Home


Making whole milk yogurt at home is not at all difficult and can give you a much fresher taste than yogurt purchased at a grocery store. Homemade yogurt is also more economical than buying store bought and can be flavored using fresh fruits or drained to make a soft yogurt cheese suitable for dips. After the initial batch of yogurt is made, you can use a few tablespoons of the fresh yogurt to start the next batch.

Step 1

Pour 1 qt. of whole milk into a saucepan and place it on the stove.

Step 2

Bring the milk to 110 degrees over medium-low heat. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature. If the milk gets too hot it will kill the cultures in the yogurt or yogurt culture package.

Step 3

Remove the milk from the stove and stir in 4 tbsp. of plain yogurt or one package of yogurt starter.

Step 4

Pour the milk and yogurt mixture into the cups or the heating container of your yogurt maker.

Step 5

Allow the yogurt to make for 7 to 8 hours or the amount of time recommended by the yogurt maker manufacturer.

Step 6

Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 to 6 hours before using. The chilling process helps to thicken the final product.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 qt. whole milk
  • Candy thermometer
  • Saucepan
  • Plain yogurt with live cultures or
  • 1 package yogurt starter culture
  • Wire whisk
  • Yogurt maker
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