How to make yogurt starter

Written by v. l. hamlin
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After you try homemade yoghurt, you will never want the store-bought kind again. It tastes good, plus it feels good to eat something healthy that you created. Making a yoghurt starter isn't as difficult as you may think. In fact, you could actually use plain yoghurt from the grocery store as a starter instead of making your own. However, if you are the adventurous type and love to make your own homemade food, try the easy yoghurt starter here.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 qt. milk
  • Dry culture
  • Cooking thermometer
  • 3 qt. sized jars with lids
  • Cooler

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  1. 1

    Pour the milk into a stainless steel pot and heat until it is 85 degrees C. You can use whole milk, skim or soy. However, organic milk will produce the best flavour and nutrition to the yoghurt.

  2. 2

    Allow the milk to cool until it is about 43.3 degrees C.

  3. 3

    Stir the dry culture into the milk as directed by the manufacturer. Each culture manufacturer's measurements are different, so read the label before mixing it into the milk.

  4. 4

    Pour the mixture into a quart-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid. Glass jars work best, however, plastic containers can be used in a pinch.

  5. 5

    Place two jars of hot water into a cooler. Add the jar of yoghurt starter to the cooler and close the lid. Allow it to sit in the closed cooler for 4 to 6 hours.

  6. 6

    Place the yoghurt starter into the refrigerator after the curds have formed. Enjoy the yoghurt cold with honey, fruit or maple syrup.

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