Food is MedicineMade from Scratch Recipes

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Yogurt and other probiotics are a MUST for a healthy immune system. Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain friendly bacteria (that your body needs to function well), and are supposed to help colonize our guts with health-boosting microorganisms. It is thought that up to 80% of our immune system (our body’s ability to fight infection and disease) is found in our gut (intestines). Because it’s so essential for health, I give my kids yogurt with raw honey daily.

You can read more about the immune boosting components and health benefits of Yogurt in my post, 7 Foods that Boost Your Immune System Naturally.


1/4 – 1/2 cup good quality commercial whole milk plain yogurt, or yogurt from a previous batch

1 quart whole milk*

You will also need a candy thermometer


The final product will be thinner than commercial yogurt, but is easy to make. Gently heat the milk to 180 degrees. Stir in the yogurt and place in a shallow glass, enamel or stainless steel container. Cover the container and place in a warm oven (about 150 degrees, or a gas oven with pilot light) overnight. In the morning, transfer to the refrigerator. Throughout the day you may want to drain some of the excess whey off the yogurt.

*If you’re using raw milk: place the quart of milk in double boiler and heat to 110 degrees. Remove 2 tablespoons of the warm milk and add it to 1 tablespoon yogurt (commercial or from the previous batch). Stir well and pour into a quart sized wide-mouth mason jar. Add a further 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons yogurt to the jar and stir well. Add the rest of the warmed milk. Cover tightly and place in a dehydrator set at 95 degrees for 8-12 hours (in your turned off oven with the oven light on may also work). Transfer to the refrigerator.

Sources and More Information

Share this post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *