Homemade Greek Yogurt Recipe

 Homemade Greek Yogurt Recipe


– 4 cups whole milk (or any milk of your choice)

– 2 tablespoons plain yogurt with live active cultures (as a starter)


– Heavy-bottomed pot

– Thermometer

– Whisk

– Fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth

– Large bowl


1. **Heat the Milk:**

– Pour the milk into a heavy-bottomed pot and heat it over medium heat.

– Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.

– Heat until the milk reaches 180°F (82°C). This helps to denature the proteins in the milk, resulting in a thicker yogurt.

2. Cool the Milk:

– Remove the pot from heat and let the milk cool to about 110°F (43°C).

– To speed up cooling, you can place the pot in a sink filled with ice water.

3. Add the Starter Yogurt:

– In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the plain yogurt with a bit of the cooled milk.

– Stir this mixture back into the pot of cooled milk. This evenly distributes the live cultures.

4. Incubate:

– Pour the milk mixture into a container and cover it.

– Place the container in a warm environment (around 110°F or 43°C) for 6-12 hours.

– You can use an oven with the light on, a yogurt maker, or a warm spot in your home.

– The longer it sits, the tangier the yogurt will be.

5. Strain the Yogurt:

– After incubation, place a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth over a large bowl.

– Pour the yogurt into the strainer to separate the whey.

– Let it strain for at least 2 hours, or until it reaches your desired thickness.

6. Store:

Transfer the thickened yogurt to a container and refrigerate.

Save some of the homemade yogurt to use as a starter for your next batch.

Benefits of Greek Yogurt:
1. High in Protein:

– Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, which is essential for muscle repair and growth.

2. Probiotics:

– It contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that support gut health and digestion.

3. Calcium:

– It’s rich in calcium, promoting bone health.

4. Lower in Sugar:

– Compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt generally has less sugar.

5. Versatile:

– Can be used in a variety of recipes, both sweet and savory.

Recipes Using Greek Yogurt:

1. Greek Yogurt Parfait

– Greek yogurt

– Fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

– Granola

– Honey


– Layer Greek yogurt, berries, and granola in a glass or bowl.

– Drizzle with honey and enjoy!

2. Tzatziki Sauce

– 1 cup Greek yogurt

– 1 cucumber, grated and squeezed to remove excess water

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– 1 tablespoon lemon juice

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Fresh dill, chopped (optional)


– Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.

– Serve with pita bread, vegetables, or grilled meats.

3. Greek Yogurt Pancakes


1 cup Greek yogurt

1 egg

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt


Whisk the yogurt and egg together in a bowl.

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Combine the dry ingredients with the yogurt mixture.

Cook on a greased griddle over medium heat until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook until golden brown.

Enjoy your homemade Greek yogurt and the delicious recipes you can make with it!

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