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Homemade yogurt is easy to make and I'll walk you through the process step-by-step (with a video). This is a fail-safe way to make yogurt at home - promise!
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How to Make Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt is healthy and easy to make! This is my preferred method for perfect yogurt every time. 
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Yogurt, How to Make Yogurt, Yogurt Recipe
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 42 ounces organic milk (whole, 2% or skim milk)
  • 1 packet yogurt starter


  • Pour the milk into a large glass, microwave-safe bowl. 
  • Heat the milk in the microwave on high for 10 minutes. Using an instant read thermometer, check the temperature of the milk. Keep heating in 1 to 2 minute increments until the temperature has reached 180 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Remove the milk and let it cool to 112-115 degrees fahrenheit. This process can be sped up by using an ice water bath. 
  • Pour 1 cup of the milk into a small glass. Sprinkle the packet of yogurt starter on top and thoroughly mix it in. 
  • Pour the small glass of milk back into the large bowl and stir to combine. 
  • Fill the glass jars of the yogurt maker. Set the timer for 7-9 hours. The longer you leave the yogurt, the firmer and more tangy it will become. More beneficial bacteria are also produced with a longer incubation time. 
  • Once the incubation is complete, remove the glass jars and refrigerate. 
  • Before serving, you can add any toppings, such as fruit and granola. 



Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 224mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 0.1mg