Homemade Yogurt

Chef Jason Morse of 5280 Culinary, LLC provided us this recipe for homemade yogurt. There is also a video demonstration at the bottom of this page. You can choose how tart you like your yogurt, how to sweeten it and whether to enjoy it in a parfait, on top of pancakes or as a substitute for sour cream on chili! 

Makes 4 cups of yogurt
20 minutes prep
5 minutes cooking
Ready in 5-8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart whole milk
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt OR 5-gram packet yogurt starter powder

Directions:

  1. Heat milk in a thick-walled saucepan to 180 degrees
  2. Turn off heat and cool milk to 120/112 degrees – add starter (either yogurt or yogurt starter powder)
  3. Preheat incubator to 115 degrees (see note below) or use a Sous Vide circulator in a water bath set to 115 degrees
  4. Incubate for a minimum 5 hours, or longer for more tart yogurt
  5. Once incubated for desired time, remove from the incubator container
  6. Chill the yogurt overnight to completely set the yogurt
  7. For Greek yogurt, strain through cheesecloth overnight, covered
  8. Sweeten as needed with honey or sugar
  9. Shelf life is 3 days in the refrigerator

Incubator note:

You can incubate in a thermos, Crockpot or warm oven as long as the temperature stays at 115 degrees. You can do anywhere from 5-12 hours depending on your taste preference.