How to make yogurt from scratch at home - by the gallon. Easy without a yogurt maker, crock pot, slow cooker, etc. This homemade yogurt recipe is simple and delicious. While the very first batch needs an acquired starter, subsequent batches are self-seeding.
Just a few cooking utensils are needed along with some jars & jugs and a cooler. Neither crock pot nor low temperature oven are required.
Step 1: Watch the Video
Step 2: Equipment
Step 3: Prepare the Incubator
Step 4: Clean the Glassware and Equipment
Thoroughly clean four 1 quart (~1 liter) glass jars with lids and a 1 cup jar (also with lid). Wash the utensils too. Cleanliness is very important, for the goal is to incubate and grow the desirable cultures while inhibiting the undesirable competitors. A 1 cup jar will hold the "seed crop" for the following batch of yogurt (after this one).
Step 5: Cook the Milk
Cooking the milk for half an hour results in a firmer yogurt.
Step 6: Introduce the Seed
Here, for this very first batch, we use store-bought yogurt with live cultures. Once this first batch is made, we'll have the seed necessary to make the next batch, no longer requiring us to buy yogurt. There are other methods for preparing a seed crop that do not require such an initial purchase, but this method is cheap and reliable.