Homemade Greek Yogurt


Quick and Easy Recipe

Do you like Greek yogurt?

If you do and if you have a little addiction to it like we do in our house, you will love this recipe.

This delicious, quick and easy recipe for homemade Greek yogurt will not only save you money, but it will also allow you to enjoy it daily!

Homemade Greek Yogurt


2 quarts Milk (you can use either whole, 2%, or 1%)

4 tablespoons Plain Yogurt, either homemade or purchased from the store, with live and active cultures (we love to use Dannon Greek Plain Yogurt from Walmart $1 for this)


Heat the milk in a saucepan to 180F. You want the milk to be hot, but not boiling. Also cook the milk at the low temperature, this way it will not burn at the bottom. When done, cover the pan and cool to about 116F.

When your milk is cooled, remove about 2 cups of the warm milk to a small bowl and whisk in the yogurt until evenly combined. Whisk the yogurt mixture back into the saucepan of milk.

Pour into jars or a bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid and place in a warm dry place at least six to eight hours or until thickened, overnight if necessary.

When the yogurt is set up, place in the refrigerator for four hours.

After four hours, line a colander with fine mesh cheesecloth or a clean tea towel. Pour the yogurt into the colander.

You can either gather the corners of the towel and tie it before hanging it over your sink for 5 hours or you can place the colander over a bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight to drain.

After draining to desired consistency, turn into a bowl with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to use.


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  1. I think it’s great! You get a lot of mileage from a little bit of yogurt. Obviously you need the store bought kind in the beginning to get the good bacteria. Definitely giving it a try!

  2. Instead of adding the yogurt with live cultures could I break open a probiotic capsule or 2 and put in the mixture?

  3. Becky Sherwood on

    excited to try this, how long does it last? (meaning stay fresh, lasting depends on how fast you and the family eat it lol) Can you mix in fruit now or better later?

    • Personally we have it in the refrigerator for about a week. I usually mix in fresh fruit later. You could add it before too, I should post a recipe with fruit soon and I’ll link it here =)

  4. Becky Sherwood on

    I can’t believe how easy this is! How much did you end up with after draining? I have about 18 oz of yogurt. I will be doing this again

  5. I make yogurt from scratch often… This sounds to me like regular homemade yogurt. I’m curious, what’s the difference? Good & simple to understand recipe, though!

  6. Great pin! I make my own Greek yogurt all the time and my 5 kids love it. The only bummer is that when you strain it, the amount of yogurt you end up with is about 1/2 of the amount of milk that you started with. So, if you started with a gallon of milk you only get about a 1/2 gallon of yogurt in the end. But, it is still worth it. A 1/2 gallon of store bought yogurt is around $12, but a 1/2 gallon of homemade yogurt is only about $3.

  7. Thanks to my loving sister Becky Sherwood!!!! I wasn’t very into this whole making Greek Yogurt thing!! My sister talk a little class and after that I decided to make it!! It is an easy! I was worried about my first patch of yogurt, because it was still liquid so I called my sister she told me to still in a warm place in my apartment. So I stuck it next to the water heater for about 4 hours and it didn’t work, still liquid. So my roommate was cooking something in the oven, so I waited for the oven to be cool down a little. Then, I stuck it in the oven and went to bed. Then the next morning it work!! I was amazed!! It is good yogurt!! I have to add a little sugar for favoring! I will be making it again!!! Thanks who ever came up with this idea!

  8. Pat Christensen on

    I use powdered milk to fortify the protein in my yogurt…1/2 cup to a quart of milk, and I use the whey that is strained out in other dishes like soups, smoothies…anything that needs liquid. I read someplace that there was a lot of nutrition in it.

  9. The whey that results from commercial greek yogurt production is creating a byproduct toxic to the environment in such large quantities. Better to make it at home, and try to find uses for the whey, as Pat mentions. Thank you for the excellent directions.

  10. i’m wondering if after the first batch, you can save some of it to make the second batch without having to buy the live yogurt?

    • Yes you can. I save some in the freezer safe container and freeze it till the next time I need to make yogurt. The yogurt comes out perfect every time, just thaw it and add instead of the store bought =)

  11. Hi. I love the glass jar. I think they would be perfect to take to work with homemade greek yogurt. If you don’t mind, where can i get those?

    • You can get them anywhere – Target, Walmart, Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, I think they even have a version of them at Dollar Tree stores. They come with a lid (not shown on the picture) glass with silicone band.

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