Homemade Plain Greek Yogurt

Eating Well Submitted at March 25, 2015

Homemade Plain Greek Yogurt
photographer: Helen Norman
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Learning how to make Greek yogurt at home is simple with this easy homemade Greek yogurt recipe. Start by making homemade yogurt by heating milk, combining with a little bit of already-cultured yogurt and letting it sit in a warm spot until the milk turns into yogurt. Making protein-rich Greek yogurt takes one more step than making regular yogurt: straining the yogurt to thicken it. You can add the leftover liquid—also known as whey—to smoothies, or you can use it in place of buttermilk in baking.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups nonfat or low-fat milk

  • 1/4 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt

Directions

  1. Heat milk in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until it is steaming, barely bubbling and registers 180°F on an instant-read or candy thermometer. (Do not leave unattended—it can boil over very quickly.)

  2. Carefully pour the milk into a clean, heat-safe 5- to 8-cup container. Let stand, stirring frequently, until cooled to 110°F. Combine yogurt with 1/2 cup of the 110° milk in a small bowl, then stir the mixture back into the warm milk.

  3. Cover the container and wrap in a clean kitchen towel to help keep it warm. Place in a very warm place (see Tip) and let stand, undisturbed, until thickened and tangy, at least 8 hours and up to 12 hours. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. The yogurt will thicken a bit more in the refrigerator.

  4. Line a large fine-mesh sieve with 2 layers of cheesecloth and place over a large bowl. Spoon the cooled yogurt into the cheesecloth, cover and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours, depending on how thick you want it.

  5. There are a few ways to create a very warm (about 110°F) environment for making yogurt. Oven method: Turn your oven on to 200° for about 5 minutes, then turn it off. Add the towel-wrapped container of yogurt and if you have an oven light, turn it on for added warmth. Cooler method: Place a hot water bottle (or other small container) filled with very hot water alongside the towel-wrapped container in a small cooler. Heating pad method: Wrap a heating pad set to High around the towel-wrapped container.

Nutritional Facts

Servings
2
Calories - 133
Carbohydrates - 8 g
Fat - 1 g
Saturated Fat - 0 g
Protein - 23 g
Cholesterol - 11 mg
Dietary Fiber - 0 g
Potassium - 317 mg
Sodium - 81 mg
Yield - 2 servings
Vitamin B - 1228% daily value
Iron - 25% dv

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