How to Make Homemade Yogurt Sous Vide

Make homemade yogurt the way you like it. It's even simpler with a sous vide immersion cooker.
Homemade Yogurt
Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt with the Sous Vide Immersion Cooker

Homemade yogurt is pretty easy to make, but it’s even easier to make using the sous vide immersion cooker. Yes, you can have the yogurt you like any time you want. No more running out of yogurt.

I like to make Yogurt Parfait, which is plain yogurt, fruit, and muesli. Sometimes, I put applesauce on it and sometimes I add a sliced banana. It’s a good protein-filled breakfast that’s fast, easy, and tasty. We usually go through about a quart of yogurt a week. Yogurt is about $4.00 a quart, and milk is under $4.00 for a gallon – 4 quarts. See? The math told me I could be making yogurt myself and saving a lot of money, plus I could control how I wanted it.

I’m not the only one who loves yogurt for breakfast. The furry people in our house, Oscar the dachshund and Chloe the Torti cat, both enjoy a teaspoon of yogurt with their food. Nottina, our black senior cat, doesn’t like yogurt but does enjoy the whey. Yogurt is very good for your furry friends, too. The bacilli in yogurt eat most of the lactose so there are no problems with lactose intolerance. Healthy digestion and a shiny coat are your rewards for giving your fur babies a bit of yogurt with their food.

The process is pretty simple. Heat half a gallon of milk to temperature, cool it, mix in existing live yogurt, and keep it warm for about eight hours. The first time I made it, I put it in the oven with a towel around it to keep it warm. But, I worried that the temperature wouldn’t be consistent and the little bacilli could die. I thought to myself, what can I use that keeps a consistent temperature? Finally, it hit me! The sous vide immersion cooker keeps consistent temperatures for hours if not days and I could attach it to a large enough vessel. Problem solved!

What Kind of Yogurt Do I Need to Make Homemade Yogurt?

Basically, any kind of yogurt with live cultures in it. It should not have anything but yogurt, so no gelatin, no vanilla, no mint, no sugar, no fruit, no salt, just plain yogurt.  Our favorite brand is Mountain High because it’s rich and creamy with a little tang but it isn’t too sour.  If you have a favorite brand of plain yogurt, use it.

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt with the Sous Vide Immersion Cooker

Make homemade yogurt the way you like it. It's even simpler with a sous vide immersion cooker.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Cooling: 8 hours
Total Time: 14 hours 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Condiment, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat
Difficulty: Moderate
Servings: 16
Calories: 79kcal

Equipment

large saucepan
Large Bowl
Ladle
Measuring cup
Candy Thermometer
Thermapen instant-read thermometer
1/2 gallon container

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt, with live cultures

Instructions

Prep

  • Put 1/2 gallon of water into containers that will fit in whatever you are going to attach the immersion cooker to. Put the container in and the immersion cooker. If you are not using jars with a waterproof seal, just put enough water to come to where the yogurt will be. Preheat the immersion tool to 109 F/ 43 C. Remove the container the yogurt is going to go in.
    Prep for Yogurt

Heat the Milk

  • Pour the eight cups of milk into a large saucepan and put a candy thermometer that will be used to monitor the temperature. Heat the milk to 200 F / 93 C. Stir it occasionally to keep it from scorching. If it makes a film on top, remove it, cool it, and give it to the cat. Use an instant-read thermometer to get the final temperature.
    200 degree milk for yogurt
  • While that is happening, prepare an ice bath. Put ice in a large enough bowl to hold a bowl large enough to hold the yogurt. Add water to make the ice bath.
    ice bath for yogurt
  • When the milk has reached temperature, put it in the bowl in the ice bath and let it sit until it reaches 115 F / 46 C. Remove it from the ice bath.
    Sitting milk for yogurt
  • Use a ladle to take a cup of the warm milk to put it in a small bowl.
    How to Make Homemade Yogurt Sous Vide
  • Add the half cup of yogurt to the warm milk and whisk it until it is thoroughly mixed in. Pour that mixture back into the warm milk.
    Milk yogurt mix

The Sous Vide

  • Put the yogurt mixture in the container you wish and gently lower it into the preheated water. Keep the yogurt in the water for at least 6 hours. Refrigerate it overnight and be happy the next morning!
    How to Make Homemade Yogurt Sous Vide

Straining

  • If you want thicker yogurt, you can strain the cooled yogurt with cheesecloth and hang it and catch the whey to give to your pets or use for other foods.
    How to Make Homemade Yogurt Sous Vide

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Yogurt with the Sous Vide Immersion Cooker
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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