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How to Make Yogurt - This is the best yogurt recipe I have found AND you don’t need any special equipment or thermometers.
How to Make Yogurt
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Learn how to make yogurt at home with my easy yogurt recipe.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 161 kcal
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 2 cups (16oz / 500ml) Whole milk*
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt OR Yogurt starter
  1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, over low heat bring the milk to a simmer. It will take around 15-20 minutes. The freshest milk will yield you better yogurt.
  2. Once it starts to bubble turn off the heat and set aside. You notice a skin has formed on your milk, that is normal.
  3. Let it cool down to the blood temperature. You can test by place your finger in there and if you can’t feel the milk around your finger then it is at blood temperature.
  4. Once cooled whisk in the yogurt or Yogurt starter. Pour into a sterilized jar and tightly close the lid. Note: You can sterilize your jars by placing some water in them and popping them into the microwave until the water steams.
  5. Line a deep bowl with a thick tea towel and place in the jar of yogurt. Wrap the jar up well in the towel and let it sit out in a warm part of your kitchen for 14-18 hours. (I use two tea towels to keep the yogurt warm and snug. Essentially you are creating an incubator for it to set)
  6. After this time, pop the jar in the fridge and let it get cold, roughly 2-3 hours. Once chilled your yogurt will be firm and thick in texture. (the thickness can vary. If yours did not thicken double check your steps and timing )
  7. At this point you can add sugar, sweetener, honey, fruit and vanilla.
  8. Keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Watch the Recipe Video!

Recipe Notes

You can make Yogurt using dairy free milk like nut, soy and coconut.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Yogurt
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 353mg10%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Calcium 300mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.