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Homemade Yogurt

Make 2 liters of yogurt.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 802 kcal

Ingredients

Special Equipment:

  • You’ll need a candy thermometer to keep the milk at just the right temperature while you make your yogurt.
  • You'll need a very heavy bottomed pan to heat the milk during the yogurt making process. As this takes some time the milk will often burn on the bottom of the pan if you use a pan that is too lightweight.
  • Once the yogurt is prepared you'll need some sterilized glass jars and lids to store the yogurt in the refrigerator.

Ingredients:

  • 2 L skim milk
  • 200 grams plain yogurt I use Greek yogurt
Metric - US Customary

Instructions

  1. Place the milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan, with the candy thermometer placed on the side of the pan into the milk.
  2. This allows you to watch the temperature of the milk as it gradually rises, and ensure that it does not exceed the desired temperature.
  3. Heat the milk over a very low flame until it reaches 93°C (200ºF).

  4. As the milk heats up, stir it occasionally.

  5. Keep the pot partially covered.
  6. It usually takes about 20 to 25 minutes for the milk to reach 93ºC (200ºF).

  7. Cool the milk down to 45°C(114ºF); keep the pot partially covered and stir occasionally.

  8. I usually place the pot in a sink full of cold water to speed up the cooling process.
  9. Once the milk has cooled down to 45°C (114ºF), mix 200 mL of the milk with 1 cup of yogurt.

  10. Pour this mixture back into the rest of the milk and stir until fully combined.
  11. Ladle the milk into the sterilized glass jars and cover with lids.
  12. Place the jars in an oven with the oven light turned on.
  13. Leave the jars in the oven for 12 hours. I usually do this overnight.
  14. After 12 hours you will see that the milk mixture has solidified and become yogurt. You may see some liquid (the whey) has separated from the yogurt and risen to the top. You can either stir this back into the yogurt or pour it off and discard.
  15. Place the jars in the refrigerator.
  16. The yogurt will remain good for about a week so be sure to only make the amount of yogurt that you expect to consume within a week.
  17. Once you're about to finish off your homemade yogurt set aside a cup of it to use for a new yogurt batch.
  18. I make yogurt in two liter batches but you can make anywhere from 1 to 4 L at a time with the initial 1 cup of store-bought yogurt.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Yogurt
Amount Per Serving (200 g)
Calories 802 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 932mg 39%
Potassium 3430mg 98%
Total Carbohydrates 108g 36%
Sugars 111g
Protein 74g 148%
Vitamin A 85.6%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 268.2%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.