There are two ways to make yogurt with raw milk. You can either keep the milk raw, or heat it to kill some of the good bacteria before adding the yogurt starter. Why would you want to heat your raw milk, you ask? Well, raw milk has many beneficial bacteria that are important to your gut, but so does yogurt. When you combine the two, the bacteria compete with each other and you end up with a runnier yogurt. Now, that’s not a bad thing if you don’t mind runnier yogurt, but if you prefer thicker yogurt, then go ahead and heat the milk a bit to kill some of the competing bacteria. It’s important to get nutrition and probiotics from both raw milk, and yogurt.
Now let’s dive in and get to the yogurt making process. This is what you will need:
To Make Plain Raw Milk Yogurt
- 1 Gallon Raw Milk (from grass fed A2A2 cows)
- 1 Cup Yogurt Starter (plain yogurt from store with live bacteria or saved from previous batch)
- Large Stainless Steel Pot
- Thermometer (I like this one)
- Glass Jars (These are the ones I have)
Pour milk into stainless steel pot and warm on stove. If keeping the milk raw, then heat only to 91 degrees, otherwise heat to 185 degrees and then cool right back down to 91 degrees. (to cool faster, place whole pot in sink of ice cold water and stir milk slowly) Remove about 2 cups milk and stir 1 cup yogurt starter into it until smooth. Add milk and starter back into pot of milk and stir gently until combined. Pour milk into 2 half gallon mason jars(or jars of your choice), cover tightly, place in oven with light on, and let incubate for 8-12 hours or overnight. Remove from oven and put into refrigerator to chill. That’s it! Now you can enjoy the benefits of healthy yogurt without any disease causing additives.
To Make Vanilla Yogurt
- Dissolve 1/2-1 Cup Cane Sugar in milk when heating
Other Flavoring Ideas
Top with maple syrup, homemade jellies or jams, fruit, cinnamon, homemade granola, coconut flakes, raw honey, hemp hearts, essential oils (from a CPTG company that are safe for internal use), and anything else you might want to try. The ideas are endless…
Now go try your hand at making your own homemade yogurt, and let me know how it goes!