Take it on Tuesday: Easy DIY Yogurt

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Easy DIY Yogurt

(Originally from The Cheapskate Cook)

We’ve been eating a lot of yogurt since we’ve been on the Volumetrics menu plan. Yogurt is not very cheap. I had been seeing a lot of different ways you can make homemade yogurt on the web and I decided to give it a try.

Makes 1 quart of yogurt

  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons plain, full-fat yogurt
  • 1 crockpot (at least 1 quart-size)
  • 1 quart-size glass jar(s) with a lid (I used two smaller jars)
  • 1 medium-size cooler
  • 1 saucepan that can fit inside the cooler
  • 1 bath towel
  • 1 thermometer (meat thermometers work great) (optional)

Step 1: Pour milk into crockpot. Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours. Then, unplug crockpot and allow to sit for 3 hours, still covered.

Step 2: Meanwhile, lay bath towel in cooler and boil water in saucepan just before the 3 hours is up.

Step 3: Place hot saucepan on the towel in the cooler, making sure the towel is protecting the sides of the cooler from coming into contact with the hot saucepan. Place thermometer in cooler and close lid.


Step 4: Pour warmish milk into the jar(s). Add yogurt to the milk and stir gently to combine. Place jar(s) in cooler (which should have heated up to 90-120 degrees Fahrenheit). Close lid securely and let it sit for 8-24 hours. (If you are fermenting for 24 hours, replace some of the water in the saucepan with boiling water approximately every 8 hours to keep the temerature between 90-120 degrees.)

Step 5: After 8-24 hours, place quart jar in the freezer for about about 20 minutes (this helps thicken the yogurt). Remove jar from freezer and refrigerate until use.


After the yogurt was ready, I made my husband blind taste test my homemade yogurt and the original plain Greek yogurt I used to make it.

blind taste test

He was able to identify which was which, but he had these comments:

The Greek has a stronger flavor (only slightly) and has a thicker texture, but the Homemade yogurt tastes close to the same – he was impressed as to how similar they really were!


Since making my own yogurt was MUCH cheaper, I will be doing it more often!



  • katie goldsworthy

    Thanks for the feature! I’m going to have to try making that yogurt! My husband eats TONS of Greek yogurt! I keep asking him, “you know how much that stuff costs, right?” lol


    • BetsyPool

      Yes, I haven’t fully done the calculations, but it IS much cheaper to make yogurt, especially when I’m getting milk at CostCo for $1.99 a gallon!

  • Meeha

    Thank you for the feature, Betsy, I’m grabbing the button right now! My parents also make Greek yogurt every morning :)

    • BetsyPool

      Every morning! Wow – what recipe do they use? You are welcome for the feature – I loved your cheerful bedroom. :)

  • Cari

    Thanks so much for hosting:)
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  • V

    I have been wanting to try this for such a long time but always thought that I needed all kinds of special equipment. Thanks for making it simple!

  • Debbie

    Thanks for hosting Betsy. Hope you are having a great weeks!

    • BetsyPool

      I am!! I’m so glad you linked up!

  • Megan

    Thanks so much for hosting, Betsy! The features are fantastic. Can’t wait to check out all the newly linked up projects. Enjoy your day. Megan
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    • BetsyPool

      Thanks Megan. I’m glad you linked up!!

  • Jan

    Very interesting. Who says we don’t use science in the kitchen!

  • Ginny @ OrganizingHomelife.com

    Thanks so much for the feature, Betsy!
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  • Stevie M

    Thank you for the feature!! :)
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    • BetsyPool

      You are welcome Stevie – feel free to grab a feature button!

  • Lindsay

    Thank you for the party!
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    • BetsyPool

      You are welcome. I can’t wait to check out your Striped Skirt!!

  • Brittany

    Can’t wait to try the yogurt! Thanks so much for hosting! Have a great week!

    • BetsyPool

      Thanks Brittany. I’m so glad you linked up!!

  • Debbie

    Loving the yogurt! My son loves it but unfortunately I don’t. I need to make him some :)

    • BetsyPool

      It’s great! We’ve had it several times, mixed with my homemade freezer jam and granola!

  • six sisters

    This recipe is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing. We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back with more great recipes! -The Sisters

    • BetsyPool

      Thanks! I will be linking up again. :)

  • Cari

    Thanks so much for sharing at Two Sasters!!
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