Hi there! Do you love yogurt bowls or smoothies for breakfast like me, or maybe someone in your family loves them? Yes? Good. We all buy tons of yogurt every week, which can get boring. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make some yogurt at home at a cheaper cost and healthier for you? Plus, bonus, you would know what goes into the recipe. I have the easiest way to make that happen. There are many homemade yogurt recipes, I know. If you are looking for something really easy, without any need to buy some extra ingredients … this recipe is definitely the way to go.
Get ready, because all you need are two simple ingredients- milk and plain yogurt with active culture. That’s it!
Note: If you are lactose intolerant or you are on a plant based diet, this recipe will not work for you. There are many recipes on how to make homemade plant based yogurt, and yes, it is pretty easy as well. I have tried to make a non-dairy version this way but the results are not as good as working with dairy. For you, the plant based people, I highly recommend to try yogurt with coconut milk.
Okay, back to my recipe without using the yogurt maker. As I said, what makes our homemade yogurt “alive” is the active culture from your favourite plain yogurt you choose. It’s totally up to you, but I recommend organic plain yogurt without any sweeteners. Plus, you can also decide between whole milk or low fat milk. I have tried both and I prefer whole milk, but again it’s up to you.
Yogurt is one of my favourite breakfast or snack options. It’s really healthy, and if you add fresh fruit, honey, nuts, or dark chocolate, you have an absolutely fantastic meal. I love to use my homemade yogurt in my smoothies I have for a snack in the middle of the day. A yogurt smoothie will fill you up, or even better, add some oats you have very nutritious meal which will make your digestive system feel very good (especially if you are on antibiotics treatment). Note: Antibiotics tend to kill all kinds of bacteria we have, that means they kill even the good ones – the ones we all need for having healthy digestive tract. We can replenish those by eating yogurt.
I truly hope you will give this recipe a chance, because having homemade yogurt is everything! And ok, if this is still too much work for you, try at least a yogurt maker, and you will not have to buy any yogurt from the store … bonus, right?
Important: Just a little tip, make sure your glass jars are really clean!
Turn on the oven (200°C set up) and let it on for just about 5 minutes and turn it off.
Heat up the milk very slowly on low heat. The temperature should be somewhere around 80°C and it can not boil!
Once you reach the temperature take it off the heat and let it cool down to around 40°C.
Mix about 100ml (½ cup) of milk with yogurt.
Stir the mixture into the rest of milk.
Cover the bowl with clean kitchen towel and place it into the oven.
Leave it there overnight (about 8-12 hours).
Pour yogurt into clean glass jars, put lids on them and store them in refrigerator.
Yogurt should be consumed in about 10 days.
Thank you so much Janet for the fun and super healthy recipe!
Janet runs Cheeselinks down in Melbourne, Australia. They offer a range of cheese making kits, yoghurt making kits, and cheese making courses. (Definitely check the link out!)