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Creamy Homemade Yogurt Recipe


The taste of fresh, creamy yogurt can’t be beat! Good quality ingredients, a warm place to incubate the milk and a little of your time is all it takes to produce nourishing, delicious yogurt full of healthy probiotics. Incorporating healthy probiotics into our daily diet helps to support a healthy immune and digestive system.


The higher fat content of whole milk will produce a creamy, nutritionally dense yogurt. Go to your local grocery store and purchase fresh, local milk. Even better, visit your local dairy. You will also need a yogurt starter. This can be a yogurt culture purchased from a cheese making company or a high quality plain, probiotic yogurt purchased from the grocery store.


The directions below describe making yogurt in a sauce pan. At the end of the post we describe how to use an Instant Pot.


You will also need a working cooking thermometer.


Homemade Plain or Vanilla Yogurt

1 quart (4 cups) whole milk

1 Tablespoon plain yogurt or starter


If you would like to make vanilla yogurt you will also need:

2 Tablespoons Organic Sugar

2 teaspoons Vanilla

  • Heat the milk to 180F

  • If making vanilla yogurt, add sugar to the milk before heating up.

  • Take the yogurt off the heat and cool to 110F.

  • Add the starter to the warm milk and stir well.

  • If you are making vanilla yogurt, add the vanilla.

  • Pour the warm, cultured milk into a glass quart jar.

  • Place jar into a container like a thermos or cooler

  • Add 100F water around the jars

  • Incubate for 8 hours

  • Remove jar from container and refrigerate until cooled completely.


Instant Pot Directions:

  • Place milk in Instant Pot pan.

  • If making vanilla yogurt, add sugar to the milk before heating up.

  • Use the saute mode bring the milk temperature to 180F. Stir a few times.

  • Remove the pan from the Instant Pot, cool milk to 110F.

  • Add starter to the warm milk and stir well.

  • If you are making vanilla yogurt, add the vanilla.

  • Pour the warm, cultured milk into a quart jar.

  • Fill the Instant Pot pan ⅓ full with warm (100-110F) water.

  • Place jar into the Instant Pot.

  • Put Instant Pot lid on and select the yogurt mode.

  • Set timer for 8 hours. This not a pressurized cycle.

  • Chill yogurt completely in the refrigerator.

Enjoy your delicious healthful yogurt!

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