Cold Start Yogurt Recipe (No Instant Pot Needed)

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Over the years I've made a lot of homemade yogurt posts.  I'll link them at the bottom of this page.  The thing about cold start is that's super duper easy and you don't need an Instapot!

Here's a short video of the process.

For this recipe you will need:

Electric yogurt maker

4 cups Ultra Pasteurized Milk (like Fairlife)

1-2 Tablespoons of yogurt starter 

1/4 cup Powdered milk (optional)

Combine all ingredients.  Mix well.  Pour into yogurt maker.  Incubate overnight (approx. 8 hours).  When yogurt is set, refrigerate for 3 hours.  

The results!


Electric Yogurt Maker vs. Non-electric Maker

If you use an electric yogurt maker you never need to heat the milk.  If you're using a non electric process you'll need to heat the milk to approx 110 degrees and hold the it at that temperature for the duration of the incubation period.  I wrap my warm milk and yogurt starter in a towel and place it in my microwave overnight.  DO NOT OPEN THE MICROWAVE while the yogurt is incubating!

Yogurt Starter: 

  • You can buy freeze dried starter online at Amazon.  You really only need 1 small envelope.
  • You can use yogurt with "live and active yogurt cultures" from the grocery store.  Be sure to use only plain, unsweetened yogurt.  NOT BLENDED yogurt.
  • Once you've made your first batch of yogurt you can save a few tablespoons of homemade yogurt to use as starter.  Store it in the freezer so that it doesn't go bad. 

Powdered Milk:

  • Powdered milk makes the finished yogurt extra thick.  It creates a rich creamy greek yogurt without the need to strain the product.
  • Using ultra pasteurized milk will make a product that is thicker than regular yogurt.

More Yogurt Making Links

Small Batch Yogurt Making (with recipe cards)

Yogurt Making - without a yogurt maker (with recipe card)

Yogurt Making Tips and Tricks

Soy Yogurt Recipe

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