Nothing is more wholesome and easy to make than homemade yogurt. I’ve been fermenting my own yogurt for years and I love it! Yogurt is a great way to improve digestion and strengthen your immune system. If you have goats or cows, it’s the perfect way to make use of all the milk you have on your hands, too.
A word of warning, though. Once you get used to the taste of homemade yogurt, you’ll never want the store bought stuff ever again!
As with any homesteading project, you might wonder what supplies you need to make yogurt. The good news is that you probably have everything you need in your kitchen already. Check your cupboards for these yogurt-making essentials.
Yogurt is made by heating milk, cooling it, and adding bacteria to ferment the milk. You’ll need the bacteria in a yogurt starter if this is your first batch.
You can find it on Amazon here.
Of course, you don’t need to buy a yogurt starter if you don’t want to! See if anyone you know locally has a starter to give you. You can also buy unflavored, non-Greek yogurt at the store as a starter.
While some people brew yogurt in their crock pot, I think that takes too long. Instead, I brew it on the stovetop with a steel pot.
I use a fancy Calphalon pot, but this Cook N Home stainless steel pot works just as well. You can find it on Amazon here.
Make sure you get a pot with a lid. You’ll need the lid to protect the yogurt as it ferments overnight.
It isn’t hard to make yogurt, but you do need to watch your temperatures. You’ll need to heat the milk to 185 degrees and cool it to 110 degrees before adding your cultures.
Add the cultures too soon and they’ll die from the heat; add them too late and there won’t be enough heat to ferment the milk.
Use a reliable kitchen thermometer to get your temperatures right. You can find it on Amazon here.
You’ll need a spatula to stir the milk as it’s brewing. It’s also helpful to have a silicone spatula around when it’s time to pour your yogurt into containers.
I’ve found that silicone is easier to use than wood or metal utensils. You can find it on Amazon here.
Fine cloth strainer
This is an optional piece of equipment. If you prefer to strain your homemade yogurt to make Greek yogurt or yogurt cheese, you’ll need a straining cloth.
I use an old cut up t-shirt as a strainer, but you can also buy a strainer online if you’re fancy. I like this nut milk strainer. You can find it on Amazon here.
Mason jars and lids
You’ll need to store your yogurt after it ferments overnight. I like to store mine in widemouthed Mason jars. You can find them on Amazon here.
Oh, and if you don’t have a funnel on hand, I recommend getting one. It makes it much easier to pour the yogurt into your Mason jars. You can find it on Amazon here.
The bottom line
Although you need some supplies to make yogurt, it’s nothing specialized or expensive. There’s no need to buy a yogurt maker unless you just want to go that route! Make yogurt on a budget by raiding your kitchen for these tools. Even if you need to buy a set of Mason jars, you can reuse them for years to come.