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7 Yogurt Making Tips For Delicious Homemade Yogurt

Yogurt is easy to make. It’s rich in nutrients, calcium, B12 , phosphorus, magnesium, potasium, and high in protein. Most importantly for healthy eating lovers, natural yogurt contains probiotics which are good for your gut and strengthen your immune system. There’s some evidence it’s also helpful for weight loss.

Homemade yogurt is sweet tasting, delicious and easy to make. Read on for 7 yogurt making tips to produce your first batch of homemade yogurt…

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😍 It’s still possible to make homemade yogurt if you’re a Vegan. This wonderful guide covers all the staples.

7 Yogurt Making Tips For Delicious Yogurt

You Can Use Any Type Of Milk

Fresh unpasterized milk is wonderful but you can use any full fat fresh milk. You can even use milk powder and low fat skim milk powder works just as well.

Use 2 pints of milk (1 litre). Pasterized milk needs to be heated to just below boiling point then take it off the hear immediately. (Watch for tiny bubbles around the edge of your pan). For unpasterized milk just warm to body temperature.

If you’re using milk powder, blend with bottled water (you can use tap water but let the water stand for 24 hours to get rid of the chlorine taste). This blend also needs to be heated to body temperature.

The Milk Needs To Cool To Blood Heat (Body Temperature)

This is one of the most important yogurt making tips. Leave the milk to cool down until you can dip a finger into the milk without discomfort. It should feel neither hot or cold.

Rinse Your Container With Boiling Water

You want to sterilise your container to avoid adding any foreign bacteria. It will also warm the container and help with incubating the yogurt.

Add Your Starter

You can buy a starter or just use some shop bought plain natural yogurt. Check the labels and make sure it doesn’t contain sweeteners, flavours, additives or thickeners – just pure yogurt.

Once you’ve made your first batch, you can use some of your own yogurt as a starter. (It’s a good yogurt making tip to take a fresh starter after 6-8 batches or your homemade yogurt can start to taste sour).

You need two heaped tablespoons of yogurt starter for two pints of milk (1 litre). Make sure your starter is at body temperature. Blend with a little of your milk, then stir carefully into your blood heat milk.

Rinse Your Utensils In Boiling Water

Before stirring in your starter, make sure you’ve rinsed the spoon you’re using in boiling water. Stir your starter in well. You want to distribute the bacteria evenly – otherwise it can end up watery.

Place The Lid On Your Container

You can also cover with cling film. Yogurt culture needs oxygenless conditions to work. Put the container in a warm place and leave for 5 to 6 hours. If it hasn’t worked in this time, you can leave it for longer.

The process should not take longer than 10 hours. If it’s not working, experiment with different ways of getting the temperature right.

You can use a thermos to keep the temperature constant, wrap in a blanket, use a hay box or splash out on a yogurt maker. A yogurt maker does make it easier to control the temperature. The ideal temperature is 32-40 deg Celsius (90 – 105 deg Fahrenheit).

Keep In The Fridge

Your finished yogurt will keep in the fridge for up to a week. If it’s watery the first time don’t worry – it still tastes delicious and will get thicker the next time you make some.


It’s Easier To Control The Temperature With A Yogurt Maker

You don’t need to use a yogurt maker. Follow the yogurt making tips and you can manage without one. Just make sure you keep the keep the temperature constant while you’re waiting for the culture to work. Yogurt makers just make life easier.

Add Flavor To Your Homemade Yogurt

You can easily add flavor to your yogurt with fruit puree. Just whip up some soft fruits in a food processor or blender. Mix into your yogurt before serving!


If you’re struggling to follow these yogurt making tips, getting the temperatures right is the most likely cause. I used to find it a lot easier living in a hot country! Instead of struggling I find a yogurt maker is the best solution. Love to know how you get on…

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my homemade yogurt thicker?

It’s keeping the temperature constant that makes the biggest difference. If you’re struggling to get your yogurt to set properly a yogurt maker can help. Use milk with high fat or high protein content to produce a thicker yogurt. You can add dry milk powder to increase the protein content.

How long does it take for yogurt to set?

A minimum time is 5 to 6 hours. I leave mine overnight for the best results. If you leave yogurt too long to set it can taste sour.

What happens if you use too much yogurt starter?

Too much starter means there’s too much bacteria feeding on the fermenting milk. The bacteria can run out of food before the fermenting process is complete leaving you with thin, runny yogurt.

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Maryan

Saturday 4th of July 2020

Thanks for the nice procedure.Am a student persuing bachelor in food science my career is to specialise on how to make commercial yoghurt so my question is can I make yoghurt without lab testing,I would like to know the amount of starter culture used in each litre,and at what stage will I put the stablizer and the sugar.thanks

Alison

Saturday 4th of July 2020

Hi Maryan, my starter culture is just natural yogurt. I use two tablespoons starting off with shop bought yogurt. After my first batch I save a little to start the next batch. I don't use stabilizer. It normally gets eaten quickly and don't mind if it goes a little runny when it tastes so delicious! I also like mine plain without sugar but you can you can sweeten your yogurt at the end of the process with anything you choose.