Homemade Yogurt

 Have you ever made your own yogurt?  Well I hadn’t until just recently, and now I’m hooked.  I never thought it could be so easy and so good.  In general, I’m a big fan of yogurt, but I stopped buying it because of all of the waste from those little yogurt containers.   While there is still a little bit of waste from the milk containers, we can recycle them here in North Carolina without a problem.  So I feel much less guilty about eating yogurt now!

I’ve been using this method to make our yogurt.  I’ve found that using 6 cups of reduced fat milk (2%) and 3 tablespoons of plain Chobani yogurt (as a starter) results in enough yummy yogurt to fill two 24-ounce mason jars.  Once you’ve made a batch, you can save a little bit of the yogurt to start your next batch – eliminating the need to buy any yogurt as a starter.

Homemade Yogurt and Peach Parfait

One of my favorite things to do with yogurt is add a little fruit and some granola and make it into a yogurt parfait.  For this parfait I used some local peaches and a little homemade peach jam that I made at a canning class.  You can substitute any kind of stone fruit or berries that you have on hand.

  • 1 cup of  homemade yogurt
  • ½ of a ripe peach, diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons peach jam (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of granola

Layer the ingredients in a dish and enjoy!

Tasty Easy Healthy Green Recipe Ratings:

Recipe Report Card Notes About Recipe Ratings

Tasty Rating


Four Chefs (Delicious!)

It really is better homemade.

Easy Rating


Three Easy Chairs (Average Difficulty)

The actual process for making the yogurt is pretty straightforward, but it does require some special equipment—a thermometer and a cooler.  Both of these items are pretty easy to find if you don’t have them already.

Healthy Rating


Four Apples (Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise)

Packed with protein and probiotics, yogurt can be a healthy way to start your day.  I have not tried making this yogurt with low-fat or non-fat milk, but I think it would probably work.

Green Rating


Four Leaves (Mother Earth Approved)

While the milk was organic, the yogurt I used as a starter was not.
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5 comments to Homemade Yogurt

  • I like to add some homemade granola with homemade yogurt for the breakfast. Yours looks wonderful served with stone fruit.

  • Thanks for introducing the yogurt making link! I’ve never made yogurt, but you’re right – it looks easy, just takes some time. It’s on my To Do list! Love your parfait and there’s no way the peach jam would be optional! Can’t wait to start seeing peaches at the market!

  • I really should start making my own yogurt considering how much of it I buy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • This yogurt with fresh peach and peach jam looks delicious…love how you put it together with granola.
    Nice pictures Sally and hope you are having a nice week :)

  • I definitely will have to try my hand at homemade yogurt!

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