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How To Make Yogurt - 2 Easy ways

Updated on June 25, 2013
5 stars from 3 ratings of Homemade yogurt

Making fresh homemade yogurt

Making your own fresh yogurt can be very satisfying especially if you buy raw milk and learn to pasteurise at home too.

Yogurt has many health benefits, if you have suffered some kind of stomach infection and have taken a course of antibiotics, you will need to replace your intestinal flora and yogurt is a great natural way to do just that.

During the summer months its good to keep a batch of yoghurt in the fridge to apply to sunburn.

Why not use your yogurt as a harmless cleaning solution.

The lactic acid in yogurt means that you can use it to polish up your brass!

Yogurt Facts

  • Yogurt is in fact curdled milk, therefore can be digested 2-3 times faster than milk because it already contains the enzyme lactase which aids digestion.
  • Great for diets. A piece of apple pie can contain around 330 calories whereas a cup of plain yogurt will contain around a third of that amount.
  • For a healthier option, yogurt can be used to replace oily salad dressings or mayonnaise.
  • Yogurt contains vitamin B6,B12,riboflavin,calcium and protein.
  • To obtain a thicker yogurt, scald the milk then allow it to cool, when it has cooled to the point of being baby┬┤s bottle warm, add your culture and wrap your container of milk for 6-8 hrs.
  • The most popular cultures for yogurt are: Streptococcus thermophilus & Lactobacillus bulgaricus.
  • To make yogurt thick commercially pectin or gelatin is used.

Ingredients

  • 4 Litres Milk Full fat/Skimmed
  • Yogurt culture

Method 1

  1. Put your milk into a clean sterilised pan and warm to 110F. Add a small amount of yogurt culture to your milk and give it a gentle stir until the culture is blended in. (Remember bacteria is a living thing so don't treat it rough)
  2. Place the lid on your pan and wrap it in a bath towel and leave in a warm place for around 6-8 hours or overnight. Now you should have your yogurt. To thicken, strain the yogurt.

Method 2

1. Use your favorite plain yogurt and leave about a cup full to warm to room temperature.

Warm 4 Litres of milk to around 110F and add your favorite yogurt stirring to mix in well.

2. Place the lid on your pan and wrap it in a bath towel and leave in a warm place for 6-8 hours or overnight.


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Use the yogurt culture of your choice or you can use a cup of natural yogurt in place of the culture.
Use the yogurt culture of your choice or you can use a cup of natural yogurt in place of the culture. | Source
Warm the milk to 110F
Warm the milk to 110F | Source
add a small amount of yogurt culture or a cup of your favorite plain yogurt.
add a small amount of yogurt culture or a cup of your favorite plain yogurt. | Source
Remove from the heat and place in the middle of a bath towel.
Remove from the heat and place in the middle of a bath towel. | Source
Wrap your milk well in the bath towel and leave in a warm place for 6-8 hours. Preferably overnight
Wrap your milk well in the bath towel and leave in a warm place for 6-8 hours. Preferably overnight | Source
In the morning you should have a thicker yogurt mix, Drinking yogurt style. To make your yogurt thicker to greek style or to remove a great amount of whey, follow the next steps.
In the morning you should have a thicker yogurt mix, Drinking yogurt style. To make your yogurt thicker to greek style or to remove a great amount of whey, follow the next steps. | Source
Get a yogurt strainer o a plastic salad spinner, the size of your yogurt container.
Get a yogurt strainer o a plastic salad spinner, the size of your yogurt container. | Source
In the yogurt spinner, place a clean lint free cloth. You can secure it by placing a large rubber band or tie a string around the rim.
In the yogurt spinner, place a clean lint free cloth. You can secure it by placing a large rubber band or tie a string around the rim. | Source
Pour in your yogurt and leave to drain for 3-4 hours and pour out the whey.
Pour in your yogurt and leave to drain for 3-4 hours and pour out the whey. | Source
Store your yogurt in very clean containers.
Store your yogurt in very clean containers. | Source

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      Alejandro 2 years ago

      So the NOAA sends out a press release clmaiing it is still warming, that June/July 2008 is so far one of the warmest on record.Exactly WHERE is it warm? I've not seen any report of unusually warm weather ANYWHERE. Only the opposite.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thats a very high recomendation GmaGoldie, much appreciated comments and votes.

      Really pleased you enjoyed the Hub and hope it proves to be of great help in the future.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Outtanding! Wow! Very well done. Loved your explanation and your presentation. And the clip art chef was exceptional also - you had me from the very start to the very end.

      Voted up!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      That is such a clever idea to insulate the milk and one i might have to try here in cusco when it gets really cold in a couple of months.

      Your comments and tips are much appreciated rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      One more way that we do sometimes when it is cold is to keep the milk after adding the culture in the flour bin with the flour around the milk containing vessel. Flour keeps the warmth in.

      Thanks for sharing these tips.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thank you wrenfrost56 consider it done, it is a great help to people to know the health benefits of a good active yogurt and not being content with just any kind. Thanks again.

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      wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K.

      Cool facts, great easy to follow pictures and a lovely recipe what more could one ask for? Rated and shared :)

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Much apreciated Suzie HQ will be checking out the beauty treatments and adding a link from the yogurt.

      Every helping hand and friendly links to good hubs helps :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi lemonkerdz,

      Thanks and I have added this to my How to use oatmeal and yogurt to remove blackheads hub. Any other yogurt ones I do, I will also add it into! It is a wonderful natural ingredient for the skin!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thank you very much torrilynn and glad you enjoyed the hub.

      Even if it didn´t save you money i would still make your own.

      Really is so much better for you.

      & thanks for your votes :-))

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi lemonkerdz,

      i learned alot from reading your hub.

      I learned how to make yogurt which would possibly

      save me money in the long hall.

      i love love yogurt. great work here.

      Voted up

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thank you Suzie HQ for your encouraging comments on this Hub. So many people are interested in making their own food products, then why not your own beauty products. Please go ahead and link to this hub.

      When i update this hub and you have hubs on yogurt beauty products please let me know it would be good to add to it as other useful links for yogurt.

      Very much appreciate all the votes :-)

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks jainismus for looking in on this hub. Glad you enjoyed it

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Thanks for sharing the techniques.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi lemonkerdz,

      Great hub with instructions! These show how easy it is to make and I love natural yogurt, particularly Greek style! great photos too, so clear and really show the steps perfectly! Brilliant job! Would like to link it to my yogurt skin care article or future ones as it is great to be able to make your own to eat and for natural homemade beauty products and remedies!! Voted up, useful, interesting, shared!!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Vespawoolf, i know its hard getting hold of culture for yogurt in peru. I ask at the shops that make yogurt and recently found the Sacco brand in the shops that sell products for baking supplies. Ask for cultivo. In the USA look up cheese making supplies, they sell for yogurt as well, better than the culture sold on Amazon.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks for your support DIYmommy please have a go, it goes great with just natural fruit as well or fruit compote.

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Lately, I've loved eating Chobani Greek Yogurt, typically with breakfast. I never thought about actually trying to make my own yogurt! This was a great hub, and thanks for the great pictures! I will definitely have to give this a shot.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks prasetio30 for voting up. It's really easy to make and so much better for you than chemical yogurt.

      Thanks for coming back

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, I love your recipe and step by step tutorial...complete with pictures. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks Vespawoolf, Had this hub on the go a while and decided to practice with missolive's Hub on personalizing a hub. Making your own yogurt is fun, thanks for sharing :-)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love your photos and the cartoon is too cute. Where do you get your culture? Your step-by-step instructions are very helpful. Voted up and shared!