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How to Make Yogurt

Try making this homemade yogurt recipe, which is easier than you think! It's much healthier than store-bought yogurt, and a great way to control the sweetener. Enjoy it flavored any way you like it! ::dontwastethecrumbs

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Learn how to make yogurt with this tutorial. Skip the yogurt maker and try this super easy heating pad method or even an Instant Pot! You can always adjust the tartness and flavor to your liking! For a snack that the kids will love, use our recipe for chocolate peanut butter granola to make our peanut butter and jelly granola parfait!


  • 1 gallon of whole milk
  • 1 cup whole yogurt


  1. Pour 1 gallon of milk into a large pot.
  2. Heat milk on medium high heat until the milk reads 160F on a thermometer.
  3. Meanwhile, line the counter with a folded towel and heating pad turned on low.
  4. Line four clean glass jars on the heating pad. Measure 1/4 cup of whole yogurt into each glass jar.
  5. Remove the milk from the heat when it reaches 160F and allow it to cool to no cooler than 115 degrees. Pour into glass jars and stir well to combine warm milk with warmed yogurt.
  6. Cover the jars with 2 towels, creating an incubation station.
  7. Allow yogurt to culture for a full 24 hours before moving the jars to the fridge to cool.
  8. Enjoy thick, creamy, and delicious homemade yogurt!


How to make yogurt using other methods:

The recipe is basically the same:

1. Warm the milk.
2. Add the starter and stir well.
3. Divide into jars (optional) and let it culture for 8-24 hours.

**Step 3 – WHERE your yogurt cultures – is the only thing that’s different:

  • Cooler. You’ll want to use a large cooler and add a pot of boiling water. That’s what will keep the temperature steady and warm.
  • Oven. Keep the oven light on. (The same reason why I use the oven light for the first rise in my einkorn sourdough.)
  • Slow cooker. The lowest setting possible will keep it warm. Do be careful that your low setting isn’t medium heat… if the temperature is too warm, the yogurt won’t thicken and could burn.
  • Instant Pot. Follow the directions that came with your machine. Many models like this one come with a specific “yogurt” function where it does the whole process for you, from start to finish!
  • Dehydrator. Place the jars inside and set the temperature to 100-105F. I have this dehydrator that won’t work for making yogurt, but if you have a model similar to this one where you can remove the trays, you can easily fit the jars inside!