Simple Homemade Yogurt 

Okay, so I have a new obsession and it’s with homemade yogurt. One of my best friends has been telling me about homemade yogurt for quite some time, but the idea of leaving milk out and letting it “ferment” and then eating it seemed to set off food safety alarm bells in my head. But I got bored the other weekend and decided “hey let’s try it.” Now this obsession has been compounded by the fact that I purchased an Instant Pot on Amazon Prime Day (they get me every year) and now I’m basically a yogurt factory!

Making plain yogurt is super easy and this recipe makes enough for me and my husband.


  • 1 qt Whole Milk 
  • 1 tbls active culture yogurt (Chiobani, Oikos, etc will all work) 

If you have an instant pot, press the “yogurt” button and then press “adjust” until you see boil. Cover your pot and let the boil function run.

If you’re doing this the good ole fashioned way, I would recommend a heavy pot, like a Dutch oven. Put your milk in the pot and bring it to a boil, be careful not to use too high of a heat as you don’t want to scald the milk and have it burn on the bottom.

After the boiling has finished, pull the inner pot out of your Instant Pot or off the stove and put it on a cooling rack until it has reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you see any “skin” after it has reached 115 degrees, go ahead and pull it off. 

Take a few tablespoons of the milk and put it in a bowl and add your 1 tablespoon of yogurt and mix well. Next, pour the mixture back into the pot. You do not need to stir at this point. 

Instant Pot: Press the “yogurt” button and then adjust and select the desired amount of time. I usually do 9 hours. But the minimum amount of time should be 8 hours. The longer you leave the yogurt to ferment, the more tart it will become, so it’s all up to you.

Traditional Method: Cover your pot and wrap it in a kitchen towel. Then place it in your oven and turn on the oven light. Leave it there for your desired amount of time.

Here is my finished product! Totally awesome natural creamy plain yogurt! I like to put them into mason jars and we use it for smoothies, to mix into granola and fruit and it has made our simple pancake recipe even better! It’s just so delicious. The best part is that you can make your next batch from the yogurt you made, so just leave a tablespoon in your jar for next time!

Some people like to strain the yogurt through some cheesecloth to make it thicker, but I love the consistency right out of the pot. 

Hope you enjoy your own homemade yogurt too!

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