Perfect Homemade Yogurt


Homemade yogurt that is incredibly easy to make. No need to boil the milk beforehand. No special equipment needed! It is the way I have been making yogurt for years.

You guys, I am sharing my homemade yogurt video today. My easy homemade yogurt recipe has been on the blog for a while now but for some reason, I never got around to making a video. But I put the devil to shame and my homemade yogurt video is here!!

This homemade yogurt is creamy, milky, tangy, so good! We love enjoying it with granola and fruits for breakfast. Here’s a picture I shared a while back on Instagram showing our favorite yogurt breakfast:

Homemade yogurt parfait bowls

How To Make Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt (at least the way I make it) is quite easy. You just need to follow a few easy steps:

Step 1

Mix whole dried milk with warm water.

Step 2

Add yogurt with live and active cultures to the milk and mix well.

The yogurt you use needs to have one or more of the following bacteria:
  •  Streptococcus thermophilus or S. Thermophilus
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus or L. Bulgaricus
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus or L. Acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus casei or L. Casei

Step 3

Add water to the yogurt-milk mixture and stir well.

Step 4

Cover the yogurt mixture and keep in a warm place to set for at least 8 hours. You could keep it in a warm room if you are able too. Also, keep yogurt mixture in a plastic container with tight-fitting lead to ensure it stays warm. Cover with a blanket to be assured it remains warm and set.

Step 5

Add honey/sugar to yogurt if you wish, mix and keep in a refrigerator. Also, you could flavor your yogurt with some vanilla extract, or any flavors you like. Serve with fruits and granola for breakfast, enjoy as a snack, use in smoothies or use in any way you like.

Homemade Yogurt Tips


1. Your water must be warm for the yogurt to set. It should be neither hot nor cold. It should be just slightly warm to the touch. If you want to use a thermometer to measure it, it should be 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Your yogurt mixture must remain warm for it to set. To ensure it remains warm, place the mixture in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid (I used a plastic bowl for this). Also, cover the container with a thick blanket and keep in a warm place.

3. The yogurt you use as a starter must contain live and active cultures. Check the ingredients label of the yogurt container to ensure that it contains live and active cultures. Without these cultures, your yogurt won’t set.

4. If your yogurt doesn’t set after 8 hours, cover it and let it stay for a few more hours. Sometimes it might take several hours for the yogurt to set.

5 Keep aside a cup of homemade yogurt so you can use it as a starter for the next batch of yogurt you make.


Watch How To Make Homemade Yogurt:

5 from 2 votes
Perfect Homemade Yogurt
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Homemade yogurt that is incredibly easy to make. No need to boil the milk beforehand. No special equipment needed! It is the way I have been making yogurt for years.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Homemade Yogurt
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Precious Nkeih of
  • 2 cups whole dried milk
  • 1 cup yogurt with live and active cultures
  • 5 cups warm water (see Note 1)
  1. In a plastic bowl, mix milk and a quarter cup of warm water to be smooth. Add yogurt and whisk together until smooth. Add the rest of the water and mix well. 

  2. Cover the bowl, place in a warm place and wrap with a blanket. Let it stay in a warm place for about 8 hours until the yogurt sets. Avoid opening the bowl to check during these 8 hours. After that, your yogurt should be thick and ready to eat. 
  3. Refrigerate and serve as needed. I love sweetening it with honey and vanilla extract then serving with fruits and granola for breakfast. So good!
Recipe Notes

1. Your water should be 115 degrees Fahrenheit if you choose to use a thermometer. However, I never use a thermometer for the water. I just dip a finger in it and ensure that it is just slightly warm to the touch.

2. For lighter drinkable yogurt, use 2 cups more water in this recipe.

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  1. Good morning Precious, I am so glad I saw this recipe. I and my boys love
    yogurt. What do you mean by yogurt with live and active cultures? What exactly should I look out for on the pack? Please can I use those store normal yogurt sold in paper boxes, e.g Hollandia or Blue boat?( I live in Nigeria )
    Thank you.

    • Hi Olayinka, thanks for pointing that out. I have updated the post to indicate the names of the cultures you should look for on the ingredient list of the yogurt you use as a starter. See “Step 2” on the post. Hope this helps.

  2. Please do you have a recipe for home made granola bars. I use to eat some made by Seventh Day Adventist Church when I had went there some time ago. They used whole wheat flour and honey or sugar.

  3. Lovely simple recipe! Thank you! Pls if you use Greek yoghurt for this does that make your homemade yoghurt also Greek yoghurt?

    • Hi Shishi, no using Greek yogurt doesn’t make your yogurt Greek yogurt. You’ll have to put the yogurt in a clean kitchen cloth (flour sac towel) and let it sit over a bowl so the liquid can drain out – that’s how to make Greek yogurt if it makes sense.

  4. Thank you so much Precious, your recipes are just excellent. I love your blog because you are also proud to be a Christian and that is my joy.

  5. I salivated all through this write-up. Am definitely making some once we repair the fridge.

  6. Georgiana Adda

    Precious thank you so much for your yogurt recipe, tried it and it was a total success.
    Made lots of it and sold it, Love your recipes and videos keep up the amazing work!

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  8. Kembou Helene

    Wow thanks so much Precious for the wonder recipes and lovely videos. Keep it up so amazing

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