How to make homemade yogurt

Every 2 weeks in our household we make 3 gallons of plain yogurt.  Why would we do that? Simple…..

  • Homemade yogurt is healthier for you with no additives or preservatives or sugars

  • Its less expensive

  • No packaging waste

  • It tastes better

As a mom, knowing the little bit of time this actually takes me is no comparison to the health benefits and savings this has for my family.

Let’s begin……………

This recipe makes 4 quart jars of homemade yogurt—–which will last about a month unopened in your refrigerator.

Ingredients
1  gallon of milk ( I use whole or 2% depending upon what I have)
1 6 oz carton of plain name brand yogurt

Supplies
4 quart jars
large stockpot to heat the milk in
a candy thermometer

First sterilize your equipment.  You can place your jars and lids in a stock pot and about 2 inches of water then boil for 10 minutes.

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Next, you need to heat the milk to a temperature of 185 degrees.  Use a heavy bottomed pot to avoid burning.

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Once you have reached this temperature, Remove from heat.
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Place your pan in a sink filled with cold water until the temperature has dropped to 120 degrees.

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Then its time to add the starter.
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In a small bowl, place the plain, store bought yogurt.

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Add about 2 cups of cooled milk.
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Whisk, then when thoroughly mixed, add it to large pot of milk.
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Be sure to incorporate it well to spread the yogurt culture throughout the whole gallon.

Once mixed, its time to pour it into the jars.

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I scoop it out with a  measuring cup and fill up the jars.
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Place a lid and band on and tighten securely.
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Have a cooler filled with about an inch of hot water.

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Temperature should be about 120 degrees.  Place the jars into the cooler and close the lid.
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  Keep in a draft free area, and set your timer for 3 hours.

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When time is done, place yogurt in refrigerator  and let chill.  The longer you wait, the thicker the outcome.

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Your yogurt should look like this..

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Our family likes strawberry sauce, which is real easy to make…..

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In food processor or blender, add strawberries, cup of raw sugar, and some juice concentrate. Blend until smooth.

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We also top it off with homemade grape nuts cereal.

We have also made this with powdered milk and had the same results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 responses to “How to make homemade yogurt

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  2. Your site is very encouraging! I checked out the EP all in one homeschool stuff last night and I think we may do that next year. I’ve had milk sitting in my fridge to make homemade yogurt with for 3 weeks and if I don’t do something soon, it will turn into something that we really don’t want to eat. I saw your recipe and wondered if you’d consider doing a step by step video on how to make it? …with all of the extra time you have trouble filling… 😉 The kids and I love watching cooking videos and doing the steps along with them. Anyway, just thought I’d ask.
    Thanks so much,
    Tami Kates

    • Thank you Tami, I will have to put that on my “to-do” list. I am wanting to do more videos as time allows, we will see what happens. Be blessed

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