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How to Make Yogurt – The Lazy Mom’s Method

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I’ve been making yogurt at home for about almost 8 years now and I’ve developed my own lazy Mom’s method. Now I am sharing with you my own method for how to make yogurt, without having to scald milk or use thermometers or anything like that. My reasoning is, since yogurt has been around for hundreds of years, I’m sure people who’ve been making yogurt all that time did not do it so precisely! My “lazy Mom” method is simple and easy but it works. Try it and soon you’ll be enjoying yogurt and its benefits.

For my simplified version of how to make yogurt, you’ll need the same ingredients as the basic yogurt recipes. You’ll also need a yogurt maker. I use the Salton Yogurt Maker (see below), available in Amazon.com, and I’ve had great success with it.

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Ingredients:

1 liter of milk – Use non-fat, if you like, but it makes for a runnier yogurt

Powdered milk – Optional, but necessary to make creamy yogurt when using skim milk. Use about 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons of powdered milk per liter of milk

yogurt starter – Others will say you can use a small amount of store-bought yogurt as starter, but every single time I’ve tried that, my yogurt has failed. Goes to show how little live bacteria is left in store-bought yogurt

sweetener of your own choice – Personally I use stevia powder

How to Make Yogurt:

1. Plug the yogurt maker to warm it up. Pour milk into the container of your yogurt maker.

2. Empty contents of 1 sachet of yogurt maker into a cup. Add spoons full of milk into the cup and stir to dissolve the yogurt starter.

3. Stir yogurt starter and milk mixture into the rest of the milk. Add sweetener. Stir until the sweetener is completely dissolved.

4. Place the container into your yogurt maker. Leave to incubate for at least 12 hours.

5. When the yogurt is as creamy as you desire, place the container in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before eating.

Because I don’t warm up the milk, this method for making yogurt will take longer than the usual method. You’ll have to incubate the yogurt for at least 12 hours – longer if you’re using non-fat milk and want a creamy texture. If you don’t mind a liquid, kefir-like texture, then 12 hours is long enough.

So there it is, my simple, easy lazy-Mom’s instructions for how to make yogurt at home. Try it yourself and let me know what you think, ok?

PS Here’s a video that shows the usual (hard) way of making yogurt. See how much easier the lazy Mom’s method is?

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  11. debbie says:

    how much pure stevia & how much vanilla does it take to make vanilla homemade yogurt? I don’t want to ruin a batch. thanks, Debbie

  12. Alexis says:

    Hi Debbie, I just eyeball the stevia. Look at the directions in your stevia pack and follow the recommended amount per cup of liquid. Hope that helps!

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  14. Laurie says:

    Others don’t just “say” we use store-bought yogurt as a starter, we DO use it as a starter. Every single time. Never failed. You make it sound like there’s some conspiracy out to fool people. lol I’d tend to think it’s your shortcut method that is failing, not the yogurt.

  15. Alexis says:

    @Laurie – My short-cut method hasn’t failed with the proper starter. Try it!

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  17. Carrie says:

    Have you ever made yogurt successfully with raw milk? I had a yogurt maker but the enzymes in raw milk would cause it to fail. The yogurt would never set up, it would be as runny as egg white. Suggestions?

  18. Alexis Rodrigo says:

    @Carrie – No, I’ve never tried making yogurt with raw milk. Let us know what you find out about it. That would make an awesome guest post 😉

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