How to make yogurt at home-easy tutorial recipe
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How to Make Yogurt (Easy Homemade Recipe)

An easy method for making your own yogurt that only requires milk, starter yogurt, a thermometer, and a couple canning jars and lids!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 d 1 hr
Total Time1 d 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 2 quarts
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Katie Wells


  • 1/2 gallon of milk - preferably raw
  • canning jars and lids - 2 quart size & 1 pint size
  • 4 TBSP pre-made yogurt


  • Heat milk in a stainless steel pan on the stove over medium heat until it reaches 180°F.
  • Pour heated milk into clean canning jars and cool, either by sitting on the counter or in a cool water bath until the temperature drops to 115°F.
  • Add the pre-made yogurt from a previous batch of yogurt or from store bought yogurt.
  • Lightly stir just enough to incorporate into the milk.
  • Place the jars into the oven with the light on for 12-24 hours. The light should provide a consistent heat of about 110°F.
  • Put jars into the refrigerator until the yogurt is cold and set.
  • Once the yogurt is set you can pour off the liquid whey from the top or strain the yogurt using cheesecloth for a thicker consistency.
  • Enjoy!


If you'd like to make a smaller batch just use a ratio of 2 TBSP starter for each quart of milk. 


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.7g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 56mg | Sugar: 5.7g