Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Easy Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt was on my list of projects to do for quite a while, 
and I was amazed at how easy it really was to make,
not to mention a whole lot cheaper and healthier than what you buy in the store!

Since a few of you had requested this recipe, I decided it would be easier to blog about it than to try to post it on Facebook!
The recipe comes from the A+ Cookbook - a new favorite of mine - and originates with Laura Showalter. 

The ingredients:
1 gallon milk
2 1/2 T unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 cup sweetener (sugar, honey or other)

Cooking Instructions:
Heat milk in large kettle to 180 degrees. Remove from heat, let cool to 120 degrees. 
Meanwhile, soak gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. When milk reaches 120 degrees, stir in gelatin, yogurt and sweetener. (May also add powdered acidolphilus.) Beat well. Pour into glass jars. (I prefer wide-mouth quarts.) Incubate by one of the following methods: 
1) Place in a large lunch box cooler or large thermos, fill to neck of jars with hot water, and leave 6 to 8 hours.
2) Or set jars in oven on pilot or with oven light on (temperature should be approximately 110-120 degrees); leave 6-8 hours.
Refrigerate 12 hours before eating.

My Notes:
I didn't have quite the full gallon of milk that the recipe called for, so the yogurt was more the consistency of a gelatin. I think I'll try using a little less gelatin the next time I make it (and obviously, more milk!) 
I also used honey as a sweetener and thought the flavor was delicious.
We all loved it, especially Hadassah!!
A favorite of mine is eating it with fresh fruit & homemade granola!

And there you have it...your own homemade yogurt!
Let me know if you like it :)


  1. OHHHH! I sooooo want to try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :) miss you girl! hope all is well with you and yours. <3

    1. You are welcome...enjoy!! We're doing really well! Seems like such a long time since we've seen you :(

  2. Yeah! I can't wait to try this recipe! I've made yogurt a time or two and loved the taste, but not the fact that it was made with sweetened condensed milk (goodbye health virtues). ;)

    1. Haha no doubt! I hope your family likes this recipe!!

  3. So glad you had such great success! What a good feeling. It used to last awhile for me until lately Patrick started eating it for breakfast most mornings... now i have to work a little faster to keep up the demand. ;) Good thing we have plenty of milk! haha

  4. I have been making all of our yogurt for several years now. Linden loves it and its hard to keep up with how much he eats. I usually make at least 2 gal. a week. He says homeade is SOO much better than storebought, and I know it is by far cheaper and healthier. Julia

  5. Wondering how long this will keep in the refrigerator.