Transform this homemade yogurt into Greek yogurt or flavored yogurt using our recipe variations.

Lois White
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
30 mins
total:
8 hrs 30 mins (includes chilling)
Servings:
16
Yield:
4 pints
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a 4-quart saucepan cook milk over medium until an instant-read thermometer registers 180°F to 185°F, stirring frequently. Let cool until 110°F to 113°F. Stir in vanilla bean paste.

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  • In a small bowl stir together 1 cup of the milk and the 1/4 cup yogurt until smooth. Stirring constantly, slowly pour the mixture back into the milk in the saucepan. Ladle mixture into four clean pint canning jars. (You may have a little extra.) Top with lids and fasten screw bands.

  • Place jars in a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour enough lukewarm water into the cooker to reach just over halfway up the sides of jars. Cover and cook on high 5 minutes. Turn off cooker, wrap with a thick towel, and let stand 4 hours or until yogurt is thick, turning on cooker to high for 5 minutes every hour.

  • Chill jars about 4 hours or until yogurt is set. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. If desired, reserve some yogurt for making the next batch. Makes 8 cups.

Greek Yogurt:

After chilling the yogurt, transfer it to a strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth and set the strainer over a bowl. Drain the yogurt until it reaches desired consistency. You can use the whey liquid in the bowl for smoothies, baking, or whatever you like.

Flavored Yogurt:

Before adding the starter, stir 1 tablespoon vanilla or coffee extract into the cooled milk mixture.Nutrition per serving: 79 calories, 4 g protein, 6g carbohydrate, 4 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 6 g total sugar, 4% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 54 mg sodium, 11% calcium, 0% iron

Fruited Yogurt:

Before chilling the yogurt, stir 2 tablespoons mashed ripe fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries, peaches, or mango, into each jar.Nutrition per serving: 79 calories, 4 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 4 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 7 g total sugar, 4% Vitamin A, 1% Vitamin C, 54 mg sodium, 11% calcium, 0% iron

Nutrition Facts

77 calories; total fat 4g; saturated fat 2g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 1g; cholesterol 13mg; sodium 54mg; potassium 167mg; carbohydrates 6g; fiber 0g; sugar 6g; protein 4g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 201IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 6mcg; vitamin b12 1mcg; calcium 142mg; iron 0mg.
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