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Two Peas and Their Pod: Homemade Yogurt

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Homemade Yogurt

I love yogurt. I usually eat a six ounce serving every day. It is a great source of protein, calcium, and contains good bacteria for my tummy issues. We used to buy Oikos or Fage Greek yogurt, but it started to get expensive, so we started making our own.

I consulted my Twitter friends before getting started. Of course they were very helpful. Thanks everyone:) We decided to buy a yogurt maker from
Williams Sonoma. We still have wedding gift cards so it was free for us, score! I love this maker because it makes individual servings. My yogurt is all portioned out for a week. I know you can make yogurt without the maker, but we are really happy with ours:)

I was amazed at how easy it was to make yogurt. We use skim milk and either Oikos or Fage as the starter. Really, all you have to do is heat up the milk, let it cool, and then stir in the yogurt. Once that is done you just let it "sleep" in the yogurt maker for 10-12 hours. How easy is that?

It is SO good too! I make plain yogurt and eat it with fresh fruit and sometimes a drizzle of agave nectar. It is also good with
homemade granola. You can also use it to make smoothies, frozen yogurt, tzatziki sauce, etc.

I can't believe we waited so long to make our own yogurt. It is so easy and much cheaper to make at home! Give it a try!

Homemade Yogurt
(Printable Recipe)

42 ounces fresh milk, we use skim
6 0z. plain yogurt, we use Oikos or Fage Greek for our starter

1. Pour milk into a high-sided saucepan. Place a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Heat the milk until it boils-180 degrees. This will take about 1-2 minutes. The milk will start to climb the side of the pan.

2. Remove pan from heat and allow the milk to cool to lukewarm-110 degrees. To speed up the process you can place the pan in cold water.

3. In a bowl, add the yogurt and stir in some of the milk. Whisk well. Make sure the yogurt is dissolved. Add the rest of the milk and whisk until smooth.

4. Pour the mixture into the jars of the yogurt maker. Follow the yogurt maker's instructions. We usually do ours so it rests overnight. It takes 10-12 hours. We do 12 so it is thicker.

5. When the yogurt is done resting, chill it in the fridge with the lids on the jars. The yogurt will stay good for 10 days.

-You can use your homemade yogurt as the starter, but only once.
-If you want really thick yogurt you can strain it with a cheese cloth or you can use coffee filters.
-You can make flavored yogurt by adding honey, fruit, or jam, but we prefer plain. We jazz it up once it is made.

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Blogger Engineer Baker said...

I've considered making my own yogurt, but I don't eat it very often. I live in the cheese state, y'know! That's where I get my dairy :) It does look like a fun chemistry experiment though.

5:29 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I have seen the yogurt makers and thought that it would be really a great thing to make our own. It looks delicious. I don't eat it everyday, so I don't know if it would be worth it to buy one. I at least want to try it though!

5:36 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I LOVE making homemade yogurt. I actually make homemade GREEK yogurt since both my husband and I were eating at least 1 of those Fage cups everyday. That adds up too quick. Making it at home has saved SOOOO much money!

5:39 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Ow! maybe I'll ask for the WS maker for christmas! Love that store- they have the best kitchen products. Your creation looks delicious- especially with all that fresh fruit!

Hows your Josh doing? Work going well for him? And what about you?

5:41 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I will have to try this. I eat Activia yogurt for my tummy issues every really helps! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

6:00 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Engineer Baker-You should try it! You would love doing a yogurt experiment. :)

Jennifer-we use Greek yogurt as our starter. It is so good and MUCH cheaper. I love it!

Erica-the yogurt maker makes it so easy! I love the one from WS. My Josh is doing great-thanks for asking. He is busy at work and has been doing a lot of mountain biking. I am doing ok, just sick a lot lately. Not so fun. Thanks for asking.

Flourchild-I love my yogurt, I think it really helps with my tummy issues. You should try it!

6:04 AM  
Blogger Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Awesome!!! So glad you are loving it!!!

6:45 AM  
Blogger kat said...

We eat yogurt everyday in smoothies too, we really should start making our own.

6:49 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I've been waiting for this post! The yogurt maker looks terrific. I love that it makes individual servings. Thanks for sharing this!

6:51 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

ok i need to look up how to do this without a yogurt maker now lol :D yum!!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Thanks for this post! I love Greek yogurt, but find it so pricey, as you mentioned. I've seen posts about making your own and I'm going to start doing it soon. I'm so glad you mentioned the yogurt maker. I know you can make it without it, but I think that is a good tool for the individual servings. It's going on my Christmas list! :)

7:10 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

what a great idea Maria. I never did the math on how expensive it actually can be. I eat a lot of yogurt too and I always buy the ones that cost more of course.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Hey there. What a pretty pic. I love yogurt too and eat it daily. I once had a maker from WS too but I had laughed that I needed a little yogurt to make yogurt so I never used it. This was years ago and I even called to see if that was a mistake. Hah.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Hm, that's pretty cool. We eat quite a bit of yogurt ourselves.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Wow, this sounds awesome! What a great way to save money, too!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I've contemplated making my own yogurt several times, but just haven't... I like the idea of the yogurt maker... I think its going on my Christmas list! Thanks! :)

8:21 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Wow. That is so cool! I get in phases of eating yogurt and then get sick of it for a little while... it would be great to make my own when I'm on a yogurt kick. Love the peaches and raspberries!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

bravo, maria! i too enjoy a serving of yogurt every day, and being able to make your own is a great skill to have!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I really need to try making this yogurt. I think it sounds fun! It looks so creamy and delicious with the fruit.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as a yogurt maker...and to be honest, I had NO IDEA how yogurt was made. Seems pretty simple. Yum, I love yogurt.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

ok, now i want a yogurt maker :) fabulous!!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Gabi said...

Very healthy! I love to make my own yogurt too using the same yogurts as starters-they work great. The little individual glass jars of the yogurt maker make it seem more of a treat also.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A useful recipe!



12:16 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

I'm so impressed you made your own yogurt! Yogurt is expensive and it's nice to know it's not too hard to make your own!

12:32 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

wow...I never considered making my own yogurt. My girls would LOVE this!! (mabye I should let them make it)

12:39 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Yum! I started reading your post here and had to stop and go get me some yogurt from the fridge before I could finish. (I'm sure mine wasn't nearly as good, since it was just Dannon, but it did the trick.) How fun to make homemade! Could you then make frozen yogurt with it? (I'm all about that frozen stuff! ;)

1:16 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Katrina-Yes, you can make frozen yogurt. Just churn it up. You can add in fruit, honey, and other mix ins.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I can't wait to try making my own yogurt (without the machine though)

3:27 PM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Congrats on your new yogurt maker! I make my own too, just using a bit from the last batch for each new batch. It is really helpful for hubby's tummy, and tasty too!
I heat my milk up in my small crock pot, on high with the lid on and a thermometer with a wire in it. That way it just beeps to let me know when it has come to temp. I am all about the easy!

4:01 PM  
Blogger MeLissa said...

Oh how I love my yogurt maker...which I hardly ever use. Life is just a little ahead of me in that area right now. Once things are more stable, I'll be making it again regularly...there really is no comparison.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Teanna said...

Homemade yogurt?! That is phenomenal! You are so lucky!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Natashya-love the crockpot idea-thanks!

5:47 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

wait a sec! how do you make it without a fancy yogurt maker?? i get my fage @ costco...large for $5.99, but eat it in smaller quantities to make it last longer. want to make some @ home! help!

5:55 PM  
Blogger lesley living life said...

Your yogurt looks wonderful!

We go through homemade yogurt so fast that sometimes I get sick of keeping up with it, ha! (Which is why we don't have any right now). I've never actually used a yogurt maker, is it much easier than doing it the old fashioned way?

6:22 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

To Leslie and Lesley-I really like using the yogurt maker. I know it is a little bit of an investment, but it will pay for itself in no time. I have never made it without a maker, but I know you can. Leslie-I will send you a recipe. I just like how easy the maker is and I like how it portions out my servings for a week!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I've never made yogurt with a yogurt maker. I make it on the stovetop with a thermometer, then "cook" it on a heating pad. It's way cheap, but it works. Using a cooker sounds much easier.

7:06 PM  
Blogger healthy ashley said...

This yogurt is gorgeous! The fresh fruit makes my mouth water :)

8:16 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

This is a great idea. The yogurt you served with fruit looks cool and delicious. Is it as thick as Greek yogurt?

8:34 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Yippee!! I've been waiting for this post!! :) It looks delish, and I can't wait to try it! I love yogurt!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Wow you aren't kidding that's easy - I didn't know there was such a thing as a yogurt maker!

5:13 AM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

This looks SO GOOD! Something else I could put some raspberries in!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

Great idea! I really need to do this. I adore Greek yogurt, but it does get rather pricey.

7:52 AM  
Blogger said...

Do you think I could make this with whole milk for my baby? Baby yogurt is EXPENSIVE!!!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Wow, I had never imagined making my own, I love to control the ingredients!

8:32 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

how fun! i love the idea of making it yourself!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Mary-yes, it is thick like Greek yogurt. I use Greek yogurt as my starter. You can strain it to make it really thick.

Hyperwink-Yes you can use whole milk, use the freshest milk possible. I just choose to do skim:)

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Food Hunter said...

You've talked me into it. Thanks!

2:49 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

hey; Im not sure how I found your blog, but I'm enjoying scrolling through it! I saw ya'll are from Pasadena. My husband and I live in Deer Park.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Congrats on your new yogurt maker, sounds like a fun kitchen toy.

Your yogurt looks perfect!

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Dana said...

I just (today!) bought that same machine from Williams Sonoma for my brother. He eats yogurt like you do and is tired of paying all the money for it. I can't wait to hear what he thinks about it!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Lele said...

The more and more people successfully make their own yogurt, the fewer excuses I have for not trying it. I'm sure it's sooooo good, and it's so economical!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Sippity Sup said...

I thought yogurt grew in the grocery store in plastic tubs! GREG

11:24 AM  
Blogger VintageMixer said...

yeah you used your new yogurt maker! how exciting!

2:21 PM  
OpenID eatingjourney said...

If you want to make pretty much the most amazing spread ever. Take your homemade yogurt and place into a piece of cheesecloth over night and let it drip out. It turns into a cream cheese spread. Add salt and spread away. It's divine.

8:03 AM  

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