Homemade Greek-style Yogurt

Marsha Gardner


You don't need a yogurt maker or any special equipment to make yogurt at home. Just follow the easy directions and you too can have good thick Greek-style whenever you want.


★★★★★ 2 votes



  • 1 qt
    full fat cow's or sheep milk
  • 2 Tbsp
    tablespoons of previously homemade yogurt or plain unflavored yogurt with active live cultures
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    of full fat milk (same type) as used above

How to Make Homemade Greek-style Yogurt


  1. Start with all ingredients at room temperature.

    Heat the milk just to the boiling point and pour into a non-metal container.
    Let cool to lukewarm (100-105-degrees). A skin will form on top.

    Mix the 2 tablespoons of yogurt (homemade or commercial) with 2 tablespoons of milk.
    Add to the lukewarm mixture, carefully pouring down the side so that any skin that may have formed on top is not disturbed.
  2. Cover with a clean dishtowel and place on another towel in a warm, dry place for at least 8 hours (or overnight) until it thickens.

    Note: 8 to 12 hours is best. The longer the yogurt coagulates beyond that time, the more sour the taste becomes.

    Carefully drain any excess liquid.*

    Refrigerate for 4 hours before using.
    Store in the refrigerator and use within 4-5 days.
  3. Don't forget to save a small amount to make the next batch!

    The yogurt can be eaten as is, along with the creamy skin on top.

    To make the thick yogurt used in many Greek recipes, follow these directions after step*.
  4. I set my yogurt in the oven overnight. We have cats and I don't want to tempt them by leaving milk only covered with a dishtowel.

    One of my favorite ways to eat this great yogurt is with walnuts and honey. So good and good for you too.

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About Homemade Greek-style Yogurt

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Other Tag: Healthy

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