Greek Yogurt Recipes and
How to Make Homemade Yogurt

Greek yogurt recipes can easily be made when you first learn how to make homemade yogurt.  And a homemade yogurt recipe really doesn't require that many ingredients or tools. 

All you really need is good quality milk and a "real" yogurt culture.  And you can use raw, vat-pasteurized, or pasteurized milk.  There are also a few different ways to make a homemade yogurt recipe. 

Learn how to make homemade yogurt instead of buying it from your grocery stores.  That way you control the quality of your Greek yogurt recipe and you will probably save lots of money as well.

Basic Homemade Yogurt Recipe
- Using a Culture

Part 1

If you want to make a more "Raw" homemade yogurt recipe, you would bring the temperature only up to 110 degree F.

This ensures that a raw foodist doesn't break any of their dietary laws - that is a raw foodist that eats raw dairy foods.

Part 2

The trick to a thicker yogurt is keeping the yogurt warm enough for the culture to do its work in the first few hours.

Raw yogurt has a tendency to be runny and not as thick as yogurt made from pasteurized milk for some reason??

To turn this basic yogurt into a Greek yogurt recipe, strain off the whey to create a thicker yogurt or yogurt cheese as some people like to call Greek yogurt recipes.  Use a doubled cheesecloth or a flour sack (tied) above a glass bowl to catch the whey.  This process will probably take 3 to 8 hours.

Greek Yogurt Recipe & Crock Pot Homemade Yogurt


Ingredients:

  • 1 Gallon Grass Fed Skim, Low Fat, or Whole Milk (do not use ultra-pasteurized)
  • 1 Cup Grass Fed Whole Plain Yogurt (with active cultures)

Instructions:

  1. Pour milk into appropriately sized lead-free crock pot.  Put the lid on and turn on crock pot to the low temperature setting for 2 1/2 hours.
  2. Then turn off your crock pot and unplug.  Do not disturb or remove the lid for 3 more hours.
  3. After 3 hours pass, remove the lid and stir in 1 cup of room temperature yogurt culture (should not be cold).
  4. Put the lid back on and cover the crock pot with a thick towel.  Let sit for 9 hours or overnight in a warm area of your kitchen.
  5. Finally, strain yogurt with a sieve lined with a non-chlorinated coffee filter and put over a bowl (to catch the whey). 
  6. Put in your refrigerator for up to 8 hours to let the whey drain out of the yogurt (which thickens the yogurt).  Then scrap the Greek yogurt off of the coffee filter and use in recipes.

Greek Yogurt Recipe & Raw Milk Homemade Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 1 Quart Raw Whole 100% Grass Fed Milk (warm to touch)
  • 2 Tbsp. of Yogurt Culture (from yogurt with a Viili culture)

Instructions:

  1. Pour warm (70 to 78 degrees F) milk into a quart sized mason jar and stir in the room-temperature heirloom yogurt culture.
  2. Cover mason jar with a non-toxic paper towel and use an elastic band to secure. 
  3. Let sit on your kitchen counter at room-temperature for at least 24 hours (covered with a towel).
  4. Next, pour the yogurt into a sieve that's lined with 2 layers of fine cheesecloth - place on top of a bowl,  Wrap cheesecloth around yogurt and tie close with an elastic band. 
  5. Place in your refrigerator or leave on your counter to drain off the whey (for 3 hours to overnight).

The Many Uses of Whey

Many people don't know or weren't taught the many uses of whey and what to do with the whey that is leftover from the straining process.

Fortunately, there are many food preparations that call for the use of whey.  As well as other interesting uses for high quality leftover whey.

  1. I've used whey to make lacto-ferments like kimchi and to remove phytic acid from my oatmeal cereal.
  2. You can also soak your beans in whey to help them be more digestible - less gassy!  And you can use whey to soak your grains and nuts.
  3. Did you know that you can make ricotta cheese with leftover whey?
  4. Use whey to make fermented pancakes or use whey to replace buttermilk in your baked goods.
  5. Replace lemon juice in your salad dressings with whey. 
  6. Drink whey by mixing it into your smoothies and some people just drink whey straight up.
  7. And you can add whey to your pet's food which gives your pets extra-nutrition.  You can also feed whey to your plants as it makes a great plant food (for some plants).

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