Easy Steps to Make Creamy Homemade Yogurt That Will Save Money

Your growing kids are begging for food (again), so you open the refrigerator to find their favorite snack is gone. Didn’t I buy some last week? Now, imagine making creamy homemade yogurt that’s easy, will save you money, and keep your kids’ stomach full…for a little while, at least.

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Creamy Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt is simple and I’ve made this recipe three ways, but my favorite is an easy choice.

Making it on the stove worked, pouring the warm milk into jars and incubating it in the oven with the lights on.

Another way is in the crockpot or roaster, covered with a towel. Also, I had strained the whey a few times.

Pouring the yogurt into a colander lined with an old spit-up rag. Yes, it was clean…well I hope so

And the kids helped me which was a huge mess!

My favorite and easy way to make yogurt

Then, I discovered a simple method with a few steps. I didn’t heat the milk on the stove, my oven wasn’t occupied with several jars, nor the kids peeking under the towel to look.

My favorite way to make creamy homemade yogurt is the Instant Pot. With the touch of a few buttons, a few steps, I made homemade yogurt.

The Instant Pot did it all for me!

I have three ways for you to make yogurt…..choose the best method for you. 

No matter what you choose…..it will be healthy and homemade.

What is yogurt made of?

Yogurt is bacterial fermentation of milk and is healthy for the digestive system. Yogurt can be easier to digest for those who can’t have dairy.

My daughter has trouble eating ice cream but if it’s yogurt, frozen yogurt, or raw milk she has been able to handle it better.

Raw milk is easier to digest because it’s not been pasteurized. Since getting our jersey cow, she has been able to drink raw milk and has not had issues.

How do I make homemade yogurt?

Ingredients for Creamy Homemade Yogurt

  • one gallon of milk
  • 2T plain yogurt

How do I make homemade yogurt creamy?

Previously, I used 1 cup starter yogurt for each gallon of milk, but 2T of yogurt starter seems to work a lot better.

The yogurt has been creamier since I lessened the amount of starter.

Is homemade yogurt better for you?

You can choose the brand of yogurt and milk to buy.

Homemade yogurt tastes better and is made without any sugar, dyes, or additives.

How long does homemade yogurt last?

Yogurt lasts about two weeks, but with five kids it doesn’t last long……ever!

My boys will devour yogurt faster than I can say yogurt. If we go a few days without it, they start asking when I’m going to make it.

Making my own yogurt is a necessity to save money. Once you make it, you won’t go back to store-bought yogurt.

Is it cheaper to make your own yogurt?

For our family, making yogurt is cheaper. It has saved me a lot of money instead of buying it. Purchase your gallon of milk and the starter yogurt and choose what method works for you.

We like to add homemade yogurt to smoothies, the kids eat it for a snack or breakfast.

Add raw local honey for a sweetener and fresh berries, or for a homemade vanilla yogurt add real vanilla.

Three ways to make creamy homemade yogurt

Making yogurt in a crockpot

  1. Pour a gallon of milk into the crockpot.
  2. Select high and check for a temperature of 180 degrees
  3. Let the milk cool to 110 degrees. You can take out the crock to cool in water.
  4. Dip out some milk and add 2T of yogurt (for one gallon of milk) stir and mix back into your cooled crockpot of milk
  5. Then pour in jars and place your jars in the oven and turn the oven light on and incubate for 8 hrs or you can cover the crockpot with a few towels to incubate.
  6. Then transfer the jars to the refrigerator or 8 hrs-10hrs to chill.

Making yogurt on the stove

  1. Pour a gallon of milk into a stockpot.
  2. Heat the milk slowly to 180 degrees. Stir frequently so the milk will not burn.
  3. Let milk Cool to 110 (leave on the stove to cool or place in a sink of cold water.)
  4. Dip out some milk and add 2T of yogurt (for one gallon of milk) stir and mix back into your cooled pot of milk
  5. Then pour in jars and place your jars in the oven and turn the oven light on and incubate for 8 hrs
  6. Then transfer to the refrigerator or 8 hrs-10hrs to chill.

Creamy homemade yogurt in the Instant Pot

  1. Pour a gallon of milk into the pot. (I usually wash the pot in cold water to prevent scalding) Push the yogurt option until it reads boil. You can use the Instant Pot glass lid since you are not pressure cooking.
  2. The instant pot will beep about 30 min. later and the display will read Yogt(yogurt) when it is finished boiling.
  3. You can leave it and check it when it’s a lowered temperature to 110 or remove the pot and place it in the sink in cold water to reduce the temperature. (this is much quicker) Remove curds.
  4. When cooled to 110 degrees, dip out a couple of cups of your cooled milk in a glass bowl.
  5. Add 2T of plain yogurt. Mix well.
  6. Add your starter yogurt/milk mixture back into the pot and stir until well combined.
  7. Put the pot back in if you took it out to cool.
  8. Select yogurt again and use the option to increase/decrease your time. Incubate 8 hrs.
  9. When time is completed, take out the yogurt whisk until smooth. Pour in glass jars or a glass bowl.
  10. Refrigerate for 8-10 hrs. Enjoy! Add berries, local raw honey, or whatever you like!

Homemade yogurt recipe in the Instant Pot

Pour a gallon of milk into the pot. (I usually wash the pot in cold water to prevent scalding) Push the yogurt option until it reads boil. You can use the Instant Pot glass lid since you are not pressure cooking.

Gallon of Milk for yogurt
Boiled milk for yogurt
Glass lid for heating milk for yogurt
Boiling Milk for yogurt
Milk for yogurt

The instant pot will beep about 30 min. later and the display will read Yogt(yogurt) when it is finished boiling.

Finished heating milk for yogurt

You can leave and check it when it’s a lowered temperature to 110 or remove the pot and place it in the sink with cold water to reduce the temperature. (this is much quicker) Remove any curds.

Curds from Boiled Milk
Remove curds from cooling milk

When cooled to 110 degrees, dip out a couple of cups of your cooled milk in a glass bowl.

Add 2T of plain yogurt. Mix well.. Add your starter yogurt/milk mixture back into the pot and stir until well combined.

Select yogurt again and use the option to increase/decrease your time. Incubate 8 hrs.

Yogurt after Incubating

When time is completed, take out the yogurt whisk until smooth.

Pour in glass jars or a glass bowl.

Refrigerate for 8-10 hrs. Enjoy! Add berries, local raw honey, or whatever you like!

I use 32oz(quart size) jars for yogurt. If you need large jars, Azure Standard has different sizes. Check your local area if/when they deliver. They have the best prices for a gallon and half-gallon jars.

Making creamy homemade yogurt is simple.

I hope you make yogurt with one of these options. Also, add yogurt to this yummy creamy ranch dip.

Please share this post if you know someone interested in making their own homemade yogurt.

What is your favorite way to make yogurt?

Disclaimer: This is not intended to treat or diagnose. This is for informational purposes only and it is your responsibility to educate yourself. Please consult a physician for medical advice.

Creamy Homemade Yogurt

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 gallon milk
  • 2 T yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Pour a gallon of milk into the pot. (I usually wash the pot in cold water to prevent scalding) Push the yogurt option until it reads boil. You can use the Instant Pot glass lid since you are not pressure cooking.
  • The instant pot will beep about 30 min. later and the display will read Yogt(yogurt) when it is finished boiling.
  • You can leave it and check it when it's a lowered temperature to 110 or remove the pot and place it in the sink in cold water to reduce the temperature. (this is much quicker) Remove curds.
  • When cooled to 110 degrees, dip out a couple of cups of your cooled milk in a glass bowl.
  • Add 2T of plain yogurt. Mix well.
  • Add your starter yogurt/milk mixture back into the pot and stir until well combined.
  • Put the pot back in if you took it out to cool.
  • Select yogurt again and use the option to increase/decrease your time. Incubate 8 hrs.
  • When time is completed, take out the yogurt whisk until smooth. Pour in glass jars or a glass bowl.
  • Refrigerate for 8-10 hrs. Enjoy! Add berries, local raw honey, or whatever you like!

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