Looking for an easy and delicious homemade yogurt recipe? Here's how to make homemade yogurt in both a crockpot & Instant Pot - both super easy!

Making homemade yogurt is one of those things I have literally been meaning to try for years, ever since my friend Kelly shared this recipe with me back in 2010! And now that I have finally gotten around to it, I can’t believe I waited so long!

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Friends, this recipe is so easy to make that it is basically foolproof and I am literally kicking myself for not trying it sooner. I have made it a few times now, and even when I think I have completely screwed it up (like heated the milk to 200 degrees instead of 180) it has come out just fine. My girls absolutely can not get enough of this stuff and I love that we can sweeten it with honey and coconut and fresh fruit (and maybe a few chocolate chips!) instead of just buying the sugar-laden stuff at the grocery store.

Homemade Yogurt ingredients and supplies.

Here is what you need:

1/2 gallon whole milk
1 6oz container plain, unsweetened yogurt
food or candy thermometer
slow cooker
2-3 large towels

 

Heat milk in a slow cooker until it reaches 180 degrees.

Step 1: Pour milk into crockpot; turn to high and heat to 180 degrees. (This will take between 1 1/2 to  2 1/2 hours.)

Use a candy thermometer to cool the milk from 1280 to 120 degrees.

Step 2 : Turn off the slow cooker and allow milk to cool to 120 degrees (This will also take between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.)  Let unsweetened yogurt and allow to sit at room temperature while milk is cooling.

Whisk room temperature yogurt into the cooled milk.

Step 3: Once milk has reached 120 degrees, mix yogurt into milk and stir gently but thoroughly.

Wrap crockpot in several dry towels and set on counter with lid in place. Do not disturb for 6-8 hours.

Step 4:  Replace lid and bundle crockpot with several towels. Set crockpot in an out-of-the-way place where it the yogurt can ferment, undisturbed, for 6-8 hours or overnight.

Carefully transfer the crockpot to the refrigerator to completely cool.

Step 5: Carefully unwrap crockpot and transfer crock to refrigerator to let yogurt cool completely. Do not shake or stir–the less you disrupt it, the better it will set.

For a thicker consistency to your homemade yogurt, strain the excess water out through a cheesecloth lining a strainer.

Note:  My family likes our yogurt to have a softer consistency, but if you prefer a thicker yogurt, you can line a colander with cheesecloth as shown, then pour in the yogurt to strain out some of the excess water.

Step 6: Serve with fresh fruit, berries, chocolate, granola, or coconut…the sky’s the limit on this one! Be sure to reserve 3/4 cup of starter for your next batch….you’ll be making it again before you know it!

Instant Pot recipe update: I followed the Fairlife recipe. One 52oz container of Fairlife whole milk, 1 heaping Tablespoon of Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield  Greek vanilla) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, I tablespoon sugar. Use Yogurt button on your Instant pot (8hrs) Make sure that vent valve is in the sealing position. Once time is done do not stir yogurt. Remove inner pot and cover then let sit in fridge for at least 4-5 hours or overnight. You do not need to strain. Once your yogurt has cooled properly, you can add honey, fresh fruit and granola. You can keep your yogurt in single serve glass containers, or plastic containers with well fitting lids. Yogurt can keep for at least 2 weeks. For more great tips and information about this method, check out this post by: Frieda Loves Bread

Looking for an easy and delicious homemade yogurt recipe? Here's how to make homemade yogurt in both a crockpot & Instant Pot - both super easy!

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

 Looking for an easy and delicious homemade yogurt recipe? Here's how to make homemade yogurt in both a crockpot & Instant Pot - both super easy!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword How to Make Homemade Yogurt
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 16 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1 6 oz container plain unsweetened yogurt
  • food or candy thermometer
  • slow cooker
  • 2-3 large towels

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into crockpot; turn to high and heat to 180 degrees. (This will take between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.)
  2. Turn off the slow cooker and allow milk to cool to 120 degrees (This will also take between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.) Measure unsweetened yogurt and allow to sit at room temperature while milk is cooling.
  3. Once milk has reached 120 degrees, mix yogurt into milk and stir gently but thoroughly.
  4. Replace lid and bundle crockpot with several towels. Set crockpot in an out-of-the-way place where it the yogurt can ferment, undisturbed, for 6-8 hours or overnight.
  5. Carefully unwrap crockpot and transfer crock to refrigerator to let yogurt cool completely. Do not shake or stir--the less you disrupt it, the better it will set.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit, berries, chocolate, granola, or coconut...the sky's the limit on this one! 

  7. Be sure to reserve 3/4 cup of starter for your next batch....you'll be making it again before you know it!

Recipe Notes

Yogurt can also be made using Instant Pot. Fairlife recipe is as follows:

One 52oz container of Fairlife whole milk, 1 heaping Tablespoon of Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield Greek vanilla), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, I tablespoon sugar.

Use Yogurt button on your Instant pot (8hrs) Make sure that vent valve is in the sealing position. Once time is done do not stir yogurt. Remove inner pot and cover then let sit in fridge for at least 4-5 hours or overnight. You do not need to strain. Once your yogurt has cooled properly, you can add honey, fresh fruit and granola. You can keep your yogurt in single serve glass containers, or plastic containers with well fitting lids. Yogurt can keep for at least 2 weeks.

Looking for an easy and delicious homemade yogurt recipe? Here's how to make homemade yogurt in both a crockpot & Instant Pot - both super easy!

 

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Have you ever made homemade yogurt? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?