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DIY: Homemade Greek Yogurt

An easy recipe for making homemade Greek yogurt.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Resting / draining time 10 hours
Total 40 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 219 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 4 cups low-fat milk not ultra-pasteurized
  • 1/4 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt


  1. 1. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a large glass bowl; set aside. Heat the milk over medium-low heat (do not stir while heating), until the milk reaches 185 degrees F. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to 160 degrees F. Strain the milk through the prepared strainer and let cool, gently stirring occasionally, until the milk registers 110 to 112 degrees F.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, gently stir about ½ cup of the warm milk into the yogurt until smooth. Stir the yogurt mixture back into the milk. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and poke several holes in the plastic. Place the bowl in the oven and turn on the oven light, creating a warm environment of 100 to 110 degrees F. Let the yogurt sit undisturbed until thickened and set, 5 to 7 hours. Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator until completely chilled, at least 3 hours.
  3. 3. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a 4-cup or 8-cup measuring cup and line with a double layer of coffee filters or cheesecloth. Transfer the yogurt to the prepared strainer, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until about 2 cups of liquid have drained into the measuring cup, about anywhere from 4 to 8 hours (I left mine for a long time and it plateaued at about 1.5 cups).
  4. Transfer the strained yogurt to an airtight container or jar, discarding the strained liquid. The yogurt can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup

Nutrition Facts
DIY: Homemade Greek Yogurt
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 708mg20%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 925IU19%
Calcium 623mg62%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.