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Amish homemade vanilla yogurt

Amish Homemade Vanilla Yogurt Recipe

Homemade vanilla yogurt is very easy to make. It is smooth and delicious and cheaper than buying it.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Resting time 10 hrs
Total Time 11 hrs
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Amish
Servings 20 servings
Calories 85 kcal


  • 2 qt. milk
  • 1 Tbs. unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 c. cold water
  • 1/4 c. active yogurt
  • 1/2 - 1 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract


  • Heat milk on medium-low temperature in a heavy-bottom pan to 180°. (If you don't have a heavy-bottom pan, heat over low temperature to avoid burning your milk.)
  • Remove from heat and let it cool to 130°.
  • Meanwhile soak gelatin in cold water, let is sit for a few minutes. Then add to 130° milk.
  • Mix sugar and yogurt starter, and add to milk.
  • Add vanilla. Stir until it is smooth.
  • Place mixture in sterile pint or quart-sized jars. Place lids on top, but do not tighten.
  • Place in a warm area, undisturbed, for 8 - 12 hours.
  • Screw on the lids and chill.
  • To begin the process again, save a small jar of yogurt for your next starter.


*You can make this yogurt with low-fat or whole milk.
*Use yogurt with live cultures for your starter.
If you have a gas oven with a pilot light, you can set your jars in there to keep warm. I set my jars in a drink cooler with hot water.
This yogurt is delicious with a full cup of sugar, but I try to keep it healthier by adding a scant 1/2 cup. You can adjust the sweetness according to your preference.
I usually make a double batch, using a whole gallon of milk. It yields about 5 pints of yogurt.


Serving: 1servingSodium: 43mgCalcium: 111mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 156IUSugar: 11gPotassium: 131mgCholesterol: 10mgCalories: 85kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 3gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 11gIron: 1mg
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