How to Make Yogurt

2. Heat the Milk

fresh whole milk
Fresh whole milk

First, preheat the oven to the lowest setting and then turn it off. This will ready the environment for later. You are now going to heat the milk on the stovetop until it reaches 185°F but do not let it go higher. You are dealing with fragile bacteria that you want to keep happy and healthy. Once it reaches the required temperature remove from heat and transfer two cups of the warmed milk to a bowl.  Add your 1/2 cup of starter yogurt to the warm milk and mix well. Pour this back into the heated full pot of heated milk and stir well.

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6 comments

  • Thank you for the wonderful recipe. The yogurt hides in itself the secret to long and healthy life. I have been making my own for quite some time with the only difference that I don’t put it in the oven. As my great grandmother used to do, after I place the jars in a tray I cover them up with a blanket but not too tightly. 2 hours later the jars are ready for the fridge.

  • This recipe leaves out facts: most yogurt cultures die above 105oF. The milk is cooled to about 100oF [39oC] and kept there for about 4-6 hours until thickened. The yogurt can then be decanted into smaller containers and chilled.

  • Interesting way to make yogurt… I’m sure there are many ways but I do mine a little differently.

    Don’t add the hot milk to your starter unless it is about 100 degrees. You kill the bacteria and it won’t grow or get thick. Use very clean stainless utensils.
    I heat my milk up slowly while making dinner to 175 degrees.- usually store bought pasteurized since I can’t get other. I take a cup or 2 out and let it cool to 100 then mix with the starter and a tablespoon of sugar – the bacteria feeds off the sugar so I was told. I put the hot pot in a water bath in the sink and wait for it to get down to between 100 and 120 degrees and then add the starter to it and mix really well. I then pour into canning jars add lids and put in the warm oven. I have an electric so I changed the light bulb out with a 100 watt one and that heats the oven to about 100 degrees. I leave mine in overnight about 12 hours – I like it tart. I leave it on the counter for an hour to cool and then into the fridge. Next day after a good chill it’s ready

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