Saturday, March 9, 2013

So you want to make your own...


Well I will try and explain the directions as best as I can.

I never really ate yogurt when I was a kid. In fact I only really started eating it towards the end of my pregnancy. I just craved it! With a little granola and I was set. Now yogurt is not terribly expensive but I decided I wanted to make my own because I would get milk from WIC and it would expire before I drank it and I knew if it was yogurt it would disappear quickly. So I found a recipe that worked for me.

Alright now get your supplies together. Go ahead I will wait... Also turn on your oven to 350.

  • Supplies:
  • Milk ( however much you want)
  • Pot
  • Thermometer
  • A scoop of yogurt ( yes you need yogurt to make yogurt, or you can buy the live cultures but I never have used them so you are on your own there)
  • Something to stir with
  • Some coffee filters ( optional)
  • And a strainer ( optional)
Ok what you want to do first is boil your milk. A lot of places on the web say to use a double boiler thing but I don't have one so I skipped it. Be careful not to burn the milk. Heat it up slowly to 180 degrees. If you burned milk to the bottom of the pan don't freak out. I do it all the time. Just make sure not to scrape the bottom of the pan when you stir. Which you should be doing every once in a while.

Once the milk reaches 180 degrees turn the stove off. Now for this next bit you can do it two ways. One you can fill the sink with ice and water and stick the pot of hot milk in it. Cool it down to 120 degrees. OR you could just wait for it to cool on its own. Now that the milk has cooled you mix in your dollop of yogurt. I usually like to mix a cup of the warm milk with the yogurt first and then toss it in the big pot.

OH and make sure that the starter yogurt you are using has live cultures in it. Alright so everything should be ready to put in the oven. Put the lid on your pot and stick it in the oven and turn it off. Now you wait. I usually do this at night and leave it in the oven while I sleep. Then in the morning TADA you have yogurt :)

You can stop here OR OR OR you could strain the yogurt and make it Greek :) Which is what I love to do. A lot of people use cheese cloth to strain, but again I do not have any so I use the useless coffee filters I have. Why I own them, I do not know for my fair coffee is brewed by thy mighty Keurig. Anyways....

So you get your coffee filters and line up your strainer.

Then you pour the yogurt in and once again you wait. While waiting put the straining yogurt in the fridge so it cools k.

After a couple of hours your yogurt should be ready. :)


This here is my favorite way to eat yogurt:

Fresh blueberries, yogurt, honey, and granola. :) with a side of hard boiled eggs.


  1. This looks like a much cheaper way to have yogurt! It doesn't seem too difficult to make, either. xD Too bad I'm allergic! :p

    1. Aww well I will have a special bowl in your

  2. Great post...this is one thing I would never even think to make for myself!


    Jules of Canines & Couture

  3. Love this! I am definitely trying it for my daughter. I am not a huge yogurt fan, but she eats it like there is no tomorrow. Bonus, this sounds way easier to make than I ever would have imagined.