The Best of the Best Homemade Greek Yogurt (Budget Friendly)

I like yogurt! These days I just pass it by at the grocery store because it is so expensive. I happened upon a very easy, cost effective way of making yogurt at home, without all that fancy equipment.  I can now have yogurt with live cultures and pro-biotics that is very cost effective.

What you need: An insulated cooler, glass jars, a thermometer (candy type), milk, plain yogurt with live cultures, pan, spoons.

What You Need

What You Need

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For every quart of yogurt you make, you will need a quart of milk and 2 tablespoons of yogurt with live cultures.

2 TBS. Yogurt with live cultures per Quart of Milk

2 TBS. Yogurt with live cultures per Quart of Milk

Directions: Heat milk in a pan to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. I did this on medium heat to prevent milk from scorching on the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat.  While milk is cooling down to 115 degrees, place 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt with live cultures into each jar.

180 degrees

180 degrees

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115 degrees

I used Greek yogurt for this, and whole milk. I wanted creamy yogurt.  I got what I wanted.  You can use any plain flavored yogurt with live cultures.  You can also use 2%, skim, fat-free, or powdered milk.  I hope to experiment with other milks such as almond and coconut milk.

Once the milk has cooled down, pour a little into the jars. Stir with the yogurt. Then add remaining milk and stir completely again.

Yogurt Starter and Cooled Milk

Yogurt Starter and Cooled Milk

Place the lids on the jars loosely. Place the jars in an insulated cooler, surrounded by towels. Wait 8-10 hours. I liked the results better after 10 hours. Refrigerate.

Fill Jar with Milk and Stir

Fill Jar with Milk and Stir

Place Jars in Cooler Surrounded by Towels

Place Jars in Cooler Surrounded by Towels

The yogurt turned out nice and thick, creamy and almost as good as the original starter that I used. This was the best yogurt I have ever made. My dh couldn’t believe it tasted so good on his baked potato.  (He actually thought it was sour cream.)

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

If you want to sweeten your yogurt, you can add sugar to taste up to 3/4 cup sugar per quart of milk with 1 tsp. vanilla. Add this at the same time you do your yogurt starter. After the yogurt has cultured, then you can add your fruit toppings.

This was the Best homemade yogurt ever. Easy to make, tastes delicious.  Very Budget Friendly!

From start of heating up milk, to placing jars in the cooler took 1 hour. You could speed up the process by heating your milk at a higher temperature.  The second batch I made, I placed a lid over my pan, and the milk heated up in about 30 minutes on medium heat.

 

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    • Strictly speaking, No. It is made with whole milk to give it a more creamy texture. However, I plan to try making yogurt using both coconut milk and almond milk, but not right away. Let me know if you try it and what your results are.

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