How to make yogurt

Basic recipe for making yogurt

Things you will need:

  • Milk
  • Yogurt culture (this can be a little bit of good plain yogurt or freeze-dried yogurt bacteria)
  • Thermometer that goes up to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Pot big enough to fit all the milk
  • Jars or containers (preferably glass) with lids
  • Cooler or insulated box
  • Y4M yogurt maker

Follow these steps:

  1. Pour all the milk into the pot and heat on medium-high to 82 degrees Celsius (180 degree Fahrenheit).
  2. Remove from heat and let cool either on its own or in ice bath to 42 degrees Celsius (108 degree Fahrenheit).
  3. Dissolve your starter in a half cup of the warm milk and pour into the rest of the milk, mix or whisk well.
  4. Pour the mixture into prepared jars or containers and close them.
  5. Place the Y4M Yogurt Maker on the bottom of the cooler or insulated box. Arrange all jars or containers around it .
  6. Plug in the Y4M Yogurt Maker and check for the green light which will repeatedly turn on and brighten and then turn off.
  7. Close the lid of the cooler.

Depending on you preference, leave the yogurt anywhere from 6 to 24 hour. The longer you let the fermentation go the thicker the yogurt will be and the less lactose it will have. Yogurt fermented for 24 hours is virtually lactose free.

Refrigerate the yogurt to stop the fermentation process.


Need more help? Check the “How I make my yogurt” post.