Yogurt is a healthy and delicious ingredient that can be very versatile in the kitchen. You can use it in sauces, soups, and dressings. Or enjoy it lightly sweetened with fruit and granola for a light breakfast! Yogurt is affordable and easy to make and I’m ready to share all the ins and outs of making your own homemade yogurt at home!
I used my instant pot to prepare my yogurt however you do not need any special equipment outside of some oven space. This process takes time so be prepared and if your using your oven plan ahead so it’s not tied up at dinner time! Here is what you need!
- 1/2 gallon of whole milk
- 3 Tbsp plain yogurt that contains active cultures (I used Chobani brand)
You can also buy yogurt starter online but it can be slightly more expensive. Once you make one batch you can use the last little bit to make your next batch so the yogurt starter or cultured yogurt additive will only be needed once!
For the instant pot version, add milk to the instant pot and steam until milk reaches 180°F. Remove from heat and cool to 108°F. Place back in the instant pot and whisk in 3 Tbsp of cultured yogurt. Turn on the proof or yogurt setting for 8-10 hours until yogurt is thickened. Stir well, Cool, and transfer into sealable containers. Refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.
If your using a conventional oven preheat oven to 175°F. Heat milk in an oven safe pot to 180°F using medium heat on the stovetop. Turn oven off and remove milk from the heat. Allow to cool to 108°F. Whisk in yogurt starter and place in the cooling oven for 6-8 hours until thickened. Stir well, cool, and transfer into sealable containers. Refrigerate prior to serving.
For thicker greek style yogurt, strain yogurt through cheese cloth to separate the whey from the yogurt place overnight in the refrigerator to drain well. Stir the strained yogurt and store in sealed jars. You can save the whey for use in protein shakes etc… or discard as you see fit.
For a flavored yogurt consider adding 1Tbsp of vanilla extract, and 2 Tbsp of honey or your choice of fresh whole or blended fruit. Enjoy!