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GREEK YOGURT RECIPE: HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE GREEK YOGURT

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Making greek yogurt is a simple process that barely needs a greek yogurt recipe. Thick, creamy, tangy greek yogurt is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of foods and a great base for a number of sauces. Making your own greek yogurt makes sure that you already have a ready supply.


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INGREDIENTS AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT CULTURES FOR HEALTH

Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

Yogurt Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

$14.99

There’s a reason Greek Yogurt is one of our most popular products! Make tangy, rich, and delicious yogurt at home for a fraction of the cost of store-bought. 

Using a starter culture allows you to control the ingredients, making your Greek Yogurt much healthier.

The Greek Yogurt Starter is an heirloom culture - meaning you'll make endless delicious yogurt all from one starter!


Greek Yogurt Maker (Strainer)

Yogurt Greek Yogurt Maker (Strainer)

Greek Yogurt Maker (Strainer)

$25.00

This unique strainer kit which is BPA Free transforms up to 2 quarts of ordinary homemade yogurt or store bought yogurt into thick, creamy Greek yogurt in a matter of hours, all inside your refrigerator. Enjoy healthy delish dips and spreads, delicious tazatiki, low-calorie salad topping, or delicious sweet berry desserts!






HOMEMADE GREEK YOGURT: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

You can make creamy, rich and delicious Greek yogurt at home for afraction of the cost of commercial varieties! Our how-to video contains step-by-step instructions on how to make Greek yogurt using aGreek yogurt starter culture. With the proper care, you can make batch after batch of Greek yogurt using this starter culture.

Making your own Greek Yogurt is a great way to save money and control the ingredients that go into it. Plus, it's a lot healthier than store-bought yogurt. So what are you waiting for? Download our Yogurt Guide and Recipe Book today and start on your journey on how to make greek yogurt at home.

Before embarking on this journey, let's delve into some common questions: how is greek yogurt made? Greek yogurt is traditionally made by straining the whey from a regular textured yogurt. The straining process removes the excess water and gives the yogurt its thick and creamy texture. This is the same process we'll be using in our homemade Greek yogurt recipe.

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PREPARATIONS BEFORE MAKING HOMEMADE GREEK YOGURT

To make Greek yogurt with our freeze-driedGreek Yogurt Starter Culture you will need to first activate the starter culture. You can then use yogurt from the activation batch to culture yogurt on a regular basis.

Keep in mind, to achieve the thick, Greek yogurt consistency, you will need to strain your yogurt after it's cultured.

 

GATHERING SUPPLIES FOR YOUR HOMEMADE GREEK YOGURT RECIPE

 

Greek Yogurt in a bowl from a greek yogurt recipe

Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

The Greek Yogurt Starter Culture is an heirloom-style culture. Unlike direct-set starter cultures, which are single-use cultures (1 packet of starter can make 1 batch of yogurt), anheirloom yogurt culture is re-usable, meaning, that with the proper care, you can use it to make batch after batch of yogurt - indefinitely!

 

HOW TO MAKE GREEK YOGURT: THE INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS

Milk

You can use nearly any type of dairy milk to make Greek yogurt, but for best results, we recommend using whole pasteurized milk.

Avoid ultra-pasteurized or UHT milk when making yogurt. You can learn more about different milks for yogurt making, in our articleChoosing Milk for Making Yogurt.

If you'd prefer to use raw milk yogurt, please review theseSpecial Considerations for Making Raw Milk Yogurt.

 

Yogurt Maker or Other Appliance

TheGreek Yogurt Starter is a heirloom thermophilic (heat-loving) culture which means it will require a yogurt maker or other appliance to keep the milk warm during culturing.

While there are a number ofyogurt makers available, you can also culture yogurt without one. Here are some ideas forother ways to incubate your milk during the culturing process.

Next, let's talk about how to make Greek yogurt in a yogurt maker. The process is quite straightforward. The key is maintaining a consistent temperature, which a yogurt maker can effortlessly do. This helps the live cultures in the starter to properly ferment and convert the milk into yogurt. With a yogurt maker, you have a controlled environment that can consistently produce the perfect temperature for your Greek yogurt.

Other Greek Yogurt Supplies

In addition to the above staples, you will also need:

OurBasic Supply List for Making Yogurtcovers more tools that can be helpful in the yogurt making process.

 

GREEK YOGURT RECIPE: ACTIVATING THE GREEK YOGURT STARTER

The first step to making Greek yogurt at home is activating the starter culture. Occasionally the activation batch may have a very thin consistency, it may even be liquid and that's perfectly fine. The texture and consistency will even out over the next several batches.

  1. Slowly heat 1 quart of pasteurized milk to 160°F.

    Heating milk to make greek yogurt
  2. Remove the milk from the heat and allow to cool to 110°F.
  3. Add 1 packet of starter culture and mix well.
  4. Pour milk into containers, cover the mixture, and incubate it at 110°F for 5-12 hours in a yogurt maker or similar appliance.
  5. Check after 5 hours to see if it has set. If it has not set, leave it for up to 12 hours, checking every 30-60 minutes. Once it has set, or at the end of 12 hours, turn off the yogurt maker, cover the yogurt and allow it to cool for 2 hours.
  6. Refrigerate the yogurt for at least 6 hours. You can eat it at any time (refrigerating helps set the yogurt).
  7. Don’t forget to save 2-3 Tbsp. for culturing the next batch! 

How to Make Regular Batches of Greek Yogurt

To keep your yogurt starter healthy, you'll want to make a new batch of greek yogurt at least once a week using the steps below. It is very similar to the activation process, but this time you will be using yogurt from the previous batch as the starter.

  1. Slowly heat 1 quart of pasteurized milk to 160°F. 
  2. Remove the milk from the heat and allow to cool to 110°F.
  3. Add 2-3 Tbsp. of yogurt from the previous batch (per quart of milk) and mix well.

For Larger Batches: You can make up to 2 quarts of yogurt per container, but keep your ratios consistent - too much yogurt starter can lead to bitter, grainy yogurt, while too little may make the yogurt under-culture, leading to thin, more bland yogurt.

  1. Pour the milk into the container(s), cover the mixture, and culture for 5-8 hours at 110°F. After 5 hours, check the yogurt frequently by tilting the jar gently. If the yogurt moves away from the side of the jar in one mass instead of running up the side, it is finished culturing.
  2. Once it has set, allow it to cool for 2 hours.
  3. After 2 hours, refrigerate it for at least 6 hours before eating.
  4. Don’t forget to save 2-3 Tbsp. for culturing the next batch!

STRAINING THE GREEK YOGURT TO THICKEN IT

To achieve the traditional Greek-style yogurt consistency, you'll need to strain the whey from the yogurt. (Check out ideas for using leftover whey here!)

  1. Pour yogurt into a Greek Yogurt Strainer.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for few hours.
  3. Store the yogurt once it has achieved the desired consistency.

You can learn more ways to thicken homemade yogurt in our tutorial on Thickening Homemade Yogurt which outlines different thickener options.

 

Are you looking for a healthier, cheaper, and more delicious alternative to store-bought yogurt? Download our Yogurt Guide and Recipe Today!

 

download our yogurt guide and recipe today

 

TROUBLESHOOTING HOMEMADE GREEK YOGURT

While making your own yogurt only requires a few yogurt supplies and a bit of know how, if it's your first time making yogurt at home, we understand that you might run into some hiccups along the way. Read through our Yogurt Starter Troubleshooting FAQ and feel free to reach out if you still need a helping hand. You can do this!

GREEK YOGURT RECIPES

Banana greek yogurt recipe

Once you've finished culturing your yogurt, learn how to make yogurt taste better according to your taste preference, try using it in one of these recipes, or browse our collection of recipes using yogurt for more inspiration!