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Homemade Vanilla Yogurt

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Yields: 1 quart yogurt

Homemade Vanilla Yogurt



  1. In a large sauce pan, with a thermometer attached, heat milk to 180 degrees F. Maintain the 180 degrees F temperature for at least 10 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat and cool milk to 110 degrees F. (This will take about 45 minutes.)
  2. Stir yogurt and vanilla bean paste into milk. Transfer milk mixture to a yogurt maker. Set fermentation time to 8 hours.
  3. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

From the Test Kitchen

For Purchased Starter

Omit the 6 oz. plain whole milk yogurt. Replace with 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder and one 5 gram package yogurt culture. Heat the milk as directed above. In a large bowl, combine milk, milk powder and culture; whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour ingredients into yogurt container. Ferment yogurt for 8 to 16 hours. Yogurt cultures differ depending on the variety. Longer fermentation times will produce a tangier, thicker, yogurt.

Types of Yogurt Cultures

Direct-set cultures are powders that are added to milk to produce a single batch of yogurt. With some care, a direct-set starter can be re-cultured two or three times by saving some of the yogurt and adding it to another batch of milk to produce additional yogurt. Eventually, however, a new direct-set starter must be used.

Reusable cultures can be used over and over againg. With each batch, some of the yogurt is saved to add to a new batch of milk to make more yogurt. Reusable cultures should be fed every five days to maintain the vigor of the bacteria.

For Thicker Yogurt

By using whole milk or a mixture of milk and cream, fat content is increased which naturally increases the thickness to the yogurt.

Strain the finished yogurt using cheesecloth. Place three layers of 100% cotton cheesecloth in a fine mesh strainer. Set strainer over a bowl. Spoon in yogurt. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerated for at least 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator and discard liquid in bowl.

Heating the milk to 180 degrees F and holding the temperature for 30 minutes prior to letting the milk cool to 110 degrees F can also increase the thickness of the final yogurt.

Add 1/2 cup dry milk powder to milk prior to the milk being heated to increase thickness.

Nutrition Facts (Homemade Vanilla Yogurt)

    Per serving:
  • 107 kcal cal.,
  • 6 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 16 mg chol.,
  • 59 mg sodium,
  • 7 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 7 g sugar,
  • 5 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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