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Making homemade yogourt without a yogourt maker

This is the Making homemade yogourt without a yogourt maker recipe.

  • Prep: 5 h - 6 h
Yields 5 cups (approx)
making homemade yogourt without a yogourt maker
Making your own yogourt is no longer a mystery. In this video, you’ll learn how to make yogourt that's both creamy and less expensive that the store-bought kind. And because everyone can add their own flavours, your family will love it!


  • 4 cups (1 L) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) skim milk powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) yogurt culture or plain yogourt
  • A thermometer
  • Glass jars
  • Ice box or Container to maintain temperature at 110°F (45°C).
  • You can also use your oven
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Warm the milk in a saucepan. In the meantime, pour hot water into a large hermetically sealed container, such as an ice box, and cover to maintain a temperature of 110°F (45°C). To the milk, add milk powder and, if using, vanilla, sugar or any other flavouring of your choice. Stir well. The milk must reach and remain at a temperature of 180°F (80°C) for at least one minute. Remove the milk from the stove. Transfer the milk into a bowl and once the temperature reaches 110°F (45°C), add the yogourt culture or plain yogourt. Stir. Pour into jars and place jars in ice box. Add hot water to the top of the yogourt-filled jars and adjust the water temperature as needed. Make sure the yogourt remains at 110°F (45°C). Verify the temperature every 30 minutes or so. Cover the ice box with a towel to conserve heat. The yogourt will be ready in 5 to 6 hours. Once it’s ready, cover the jars and put in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 hours. Serve as you would any commercial yogourt. You’ll love it!


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