Homemade yogurt recipe

Celebrate National Dairy Month by making your own yogurt!

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Creating yogurt at home is much less complicated than you think. You’ll save money and sleep better at night knowing exactly what’s in your bowl.

Homemade yogurt


  • 8 cups milk, preferably whole
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, containing live and active cultures


  • Thick towel
  • Crock-pot


  1. Turn crock-pot on low.
  2. Add 8 cups of milk. Cover and cook on low for 2-1/2 hours.
  3. Unplug the crock-pot, but leave the cover on and let it sit for 3 hours.
  4. When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warm milk and put it in a bowl.
  5. Whisk in 1/2 cup of yogurt and pour the bowl contents back into the crock-pot. Stir to combine.
  6. Put the lid back on your crock-pot.
  7. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy towel all the way around the crock-pot for insulation. Let it sit for 8 hours.
  8. Chill the somewhat thickened yogurt in a plastic container in the refrigerator.


  • Eat the fresh yogurt within 7-10 days.
  • Fresh fruit or preserves can be added after the 8-hour wait. Strawberries and blueberries are particularly tasty.
  • Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.
  • Yogurt is a wonderful substitute for sour cream in recipes.
  • You can mix in some granola, use it as a dip for veggies, or combine it with some frozen fruit in a blender to make delicious smoothies.

More ways to use your yogurt

Indian yogurt marinated chicken
Easy frozen yogurt
5 Layer yogurt dip