How to Make Yogurt Without a Yogurt Maker


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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
251 Calories
10g Fat
24g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 251
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 605mg 47%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 708mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Who says you need a yogurt maker to make yogurt? According to Phyllis Hobson in the cookbook "500 Treasured Country Recipes by Martha Storey and Friends," you can make yogurt in a thermos, an oven, on a heating pad, in the sun, on a woodstove, and in a crock pot or Instant Pot. All of these methods are very easy and simple to achieve the perfect yogurt for your taste buds. Which method you choose just depends on how long you're willing to wait for the yogurt to come together.


  • 1 to 2 quarts milk

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons plain yogurt

Steps to Make It

Using a Thermos

  1. Gather ingredients.

  2. Almost fill a thermos bottle (preferably wide-mouthed) with milk heated to 100 F.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and mix thoroughly.

  4. Put the lid on and wrap the thermos in 2 or 3 terry towels.

  5. Set it in a warm, draft-free place overnight.

Using an Oven

  1. Gather ingredients.

  2. Pour 1 quart of milk into a casserole dish and add 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt.

  3. Stir well and cover the casserole dish.

  4. Place in a warm (100 F) oven with the heat off. Let it sit overnight.

Using a Crock Pot

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat a crock pot on low for about 15 minutes, until it feels very warm to the fingertips.

  3. Put covered containers of yogurt mixture into the crock pot, cover it, and turn off the heat.

  4. At 35- to 45-minutes intervals, heat the crock pot on low for 10 to 15 minutes.