How to Make Your Own Yogurt

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After a few rounds of making my own yogurt, I feel confident enough to share my easy How-To.  I’ve tried to make it in the past using a stove top method with thermometers involved, but never found it that easy.  The slow cooker method is easier, you just need to plan your time accordingly.
1/2 Gallon of Milk ~ cannot be Ultra-Pasteurized, which many Organic milk products are.  I have found Organic Pasteurized milk at Trader Joe’s that worked fine.
1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt, called the “starter”.  Once you make up your first batch, you can save a 1/2 cup and use for a future batch.
Pour all of the milk into a slow-cooker and turn to Low. Leave it on for 2 1/2 hours.
Unplug the cooker and let it sit for 3 hours. 
At the end of 3 hours, mix in the 1/2 cup yogurt starter to the warm milk.  I slowly whisk in the yogurt.
Cover the slow cooker with a thick bath towel to retain heat.  Let the slow cooker sit overnight, or at least 8 hours.  Refrigerate in the morning.
That’s it!  In the morning, you have yogurt.  While I like it cool, I have eaten it right away in the morning, and so have the kids.  I’ve tried my starter using both Plain and Vanilla and each worked fine, just choose according to your taste.  I use my yogurt for baking and also to serve with my Homemade Granola. I usually mix fresh fruit in my yogurt and granola breakfast so I don’t care for fruity yogurt.  If that’s how you roll, you can make a puree in the blender of fresh or frozen fruit and then blend it into the yogurt.

What do you think? Will this take some of the burden off your yogurt expense each week?
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About Emily Roach

Green Boston mom of three young children. Focused on family nutrition, wholesome recipes, and an eco-friendly lifestyle.


  1. Wow! Awesome. Once it's made you could add all kinds of stuff.

  2. HI,
    I like your method of making yogurt!I'd love for you to come and share at Fat Tuesday! And the dryer ball post as well!

    It happens every Tuesday!

  3. Any tips on how to store/how long it will last?

  4. @Jessilee, I store mine in either glass mason jars, glass spaghetti sauce jars, or I reuse some of the large 32 oz yogurt containers I have saved.

    It should keep for about 7-10 days.

  5. This is great. I too have tried on the stove and it's tricky getting the temp just right. My grandmother and Mom could test the temperature with their pinky fingers and get it right every time! My pinky isn't quite calibrated! LOL
    Have you used lower fat milk? I always seem to end up with thinner yogurt when I use anything except whole milk.

  6. That looks so easy. I think I can do that too. How long does the yogurt last in the frig?

  7. For years I have considered buying the fancy yogurt machine they have at Wiliam-Sonoma, but I figured I'd use the darn thing a few times, then it would end up collecting dust & taking up space in the back of some kitchen cabinet.

    Your slow-cooker method looks super easy, so I'm finally gonna give yogurt making a try!

  8. In response to the fat content of the milk…Whole Milk gives a thicker consistency, but lower fat milk can be used. I have heard that this won't work with skim milk.

  9. I've been wanting to try making yogurt, and this look easy enough that I might finally do it!

    I'm working on stocking my freezer for the upcoming birth of my second child. I would love for you to come share this recipe at my Make-ahead Monday Link-up over at Raising Isabella!

    Hope to see you there!~

  10. Really delighted to have discovered your blog and have spent my coffee break having a good read. Thank you!
    I'm hosting a weekly linky which is all about seasonal celebration and would love it if you popped over and linked this post on making yogurt. It would be great to introduce your blog to my readership! Seasonal Celebration Linky Really hope to see you there! Rebecca x

  11. Thanks for sharing this recipe at Make-ahead monday! I can't wait to try this one out! Hope to see you again next week!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Would it work with non-dairy milk?

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