Making Your Own Yogurt Is A Healthier, Cost Effective Alternative That’s Much Easier Than You’d Think

Published on September 17, 2023

You might think that making your own yogurt would involve a massive undertaking, but we’re here to tell you that it couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is a simple and straightforward process that will yield delicious results that gives you yogurt that is less expensive and healthier, since you control exactly what goes into it. There’s no need to add in any artificial sweeteners when you can add some natural jam or honey to your own homemade yogurt. It’s also much more sustainable, since you won’t be purchasing one time use plastics with every yogurt like the ones from the store. Here’s how to make yogurt all on your own.

Make Your Own Yogurt

Make Your Own Yogurt

What You Need

4 cups of milk (whole or 2% for creamier yogurt, but you can use skim milk as well)

2 tablespoons of plain yogurt with live active cultures (can be store-bought or from a previous batch)

1-2 tablespoons of powdered milk (for thicker yogurt), optional

Equipment Needed

heavy-bottomed pot

cooking thermometer


clean kitchen towel

large glass or ceramic bowl

warm place for incubating the yogurt (can be oven with the light on or Insta Pot)

It's Healthier And Much More Cost Effective

It’s Healthier And Much More Cost Effective

What To Do

Make sure that all of your utensils, pots, and containers are clean and sanitized to avoid introducing unwanted bacteria into your yogurt, which can create a big mess you really don’t want to deal with.

Pour the milk into then pot and heat over medium heat. Using the cooking thermometer, start to monitor the temperature. Heat the milk until it reaches around 180 degrees Fahrenheit, then remove it from the heat. This will help to kill bacteria that might be in the milk. Allow the milk to cool down to 110 degrees.

In a separate bowl, take about 1/2 cup of the warm milk and mix it with the 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Whisk thoroughly until it is fully combined. This is the starter culture.

Pour the starter mixture back into the pot with the warm milk that is left. Whisk very well to make sure that the starter is thoroughly distributed in the milk.

If you want yogurt that is thicker, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of powdered milk and whisk it into the milk mixture. Make sure it is fully combined so that there are no lumps.

Pour the milk mixture into the glass (or ceramic) bowl and then cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Put the bowl in a warm spot and allow it to incubate for 6 to 10 hours. Another option is to place it in the oven, or an Insta Pot or yogurt maker if you have one of these. If you incubate it for longer, then the flavor will be more tangy, so it’s up to you.

Once your yogurt is finished incubating, you can start to test for thickness. At this point, it should have reached a yogurt consistency, but if not, allowing it to incubate for more time until it’s reached your desired consistency. At this point, you can take it out of the warm spot and put it into the refrigerator. Let it cool for at least 2 to 3 hours until the yogurt has fully cooled down and set completely. Once this is done, you can finally enjoy your delicious homemade yogurt!

You can reserve a little bit of your yogurt for the next round of yogurt making. That way, you can continue to make more yogurt without having to buy any starter yogurt from the store.

It Is Super Simple To Make

It Is Super Simple To Make