What You'll Need
Despite the proliferation of yogurt makers on the market, everything you need to make homemade yogurt is probably already in your kitchen, with the possible exception of the thermometer. Specifically, you will need:
- 1 Half gallon of milk
- 2-3 Tbs of plain yogurt (as a starter)
- 1 8-10 Qt stock pot
- 1 4-5 Qt pot with lid
- 1 Metal or plastic spoon
- 1 Dial thermometer with clip
- 1 Heating pad
- However much milk you use, is how much yogurt you will make (1/2 gal milk = 1/2 gal yogurt). You can use regular, reduced or no fat milk.
For your first batch, you will need to purchase plain yogurt with active cultures, like Dannon or Stoneyfield (all future batches you will use your own).
Alternatively, you may use freeze-dried yogurt starter cultures.
- The smaller pot needs to fit inside the larger one, creating a double-boiler, or water jacket effect. It's not required, but highly recommended.
- Your spoon needs to be plastic or metal, so it can be sterilized.
- The thermometer you need is just like this one, with a range of at least 100°-185°F, and a clip for your pot's rim.
- You may find alternatives to the heating pad