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Course: Pantry
Keyword: Breakfast, Hacks, Vegetarian

Homemade Yogurt

ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 12 hours 30 minutes
Yield: 1 quart
How to make homemade yogurt using just four ingredients and a thermometer.
If there is a trick to making homemade yogurt (and I'm not saying there is), it's in managing the temperature during inoculation. Although a closely watched water bath will do the trick, I've found that a standard heating pad is even better.
This recipe first appeared in Season 6 of Good Eats.
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  • 1 quart 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, at room temperature (must contain live cultures)

Specialized Hardware

Cylindrical quart container
Narrow wine bucket
Heating pad
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 12 hours 30 minutes
Yield: 1 quart


  • Pour the milk into a 2-quart saucepan and whisk in the milk powder and honey. Place over medium heat and bring to 180°F, then immediately remove from the heat and allow to cool to 110°F, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Once the milk has reached has reached the target temperature, pour it into a cylindrical plastic container, reserving 1 cup. Whisk the reserved milk into the yogurt and add it back to the milk mixture.
  • Place the container in a narrow wine bucket lined with a heating pad. Set the heating pad to medium. Let the mixture ferment for 12 hours, without stirring, making sure the temperature stays as close to 110°F as possible.
  • After the fermentation is complete, refrigerate overnight. Pour off any whey that may separate from the yogurt as it sits. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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