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DIY Yogurt

Making your very own yogurt at home is a lot easier than it sounds and you can flavor it however you'd like! No need for fancy equipment either, just a bowl. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Gluten free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD


  • 34 ounces of milk
  • 6 ounces of plain yogurt


  1. Boil 34 ounces (1 liter) of milk over medium heat. The boiling point will be reached at 185 degrees Fahrenheit, but otherwise, you can tell when it reaches the boiling point when it starts to froth. Stir constantly, that so it will boil evenly and avoid burning. Once it boils,  take milk off the heat. Now let it reach about 100 degrees; if you have a thermometer, you can just watch the temperature as it drops. Or, wash your hands and insert your pinky finger in the milk: when you can hold it in the milk for 10 seconds, it is ready for the next step! Wait a few minutes before testing it the first time — you don’t want to burn your finger, of course!
  2. In a large glass bowl, place the 6 ounces of plain yogurt, and add just ½ cup of the hot milk to the yogurt and mix well. Now add the rest of the milk to the glass bowl.
  3. Cover the bowl with an airtight lid. From this point on, the active cultures are very delicate and are “working” on turning the milk into yogurt. Wrap it with a towel to converse the heat. You can also place the bowl inside a thermos bag instead of wrapping with cloth.
  4. Take the wrapped dish to your “holding” space. This space needs to be somewhere without ventilation, a place that will maintain the warm temperature. You may use a microwave, a corner in your pantry, a crock pot, or my personal favorite, the oven. Of course all those devices, including the oven will be off! It is just a safe place where your yogurt won’t be disturbed and have time to rest while staying sufficiently warm. A minimum of 8 hours is recommended to complete this process, but you can l let it incubate  up to 12 hours. The longer you wait, the thicker your yogurt will be.

  5. Now you are ready to enjoy your yogurt and flavor it anyway you want it. Don’t forget to save some so that you can make your next batch. You can use 6oz of your own yogurt for that purpose.

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