Straining homemade greek yogurt

How to Make Greek Yogurt

This week we're exploring all things Greek yogurt, starting with this simple guide on how to make Greek yogurt in your oven (with just two simple ingredients)!
Course Breakfasts, Dips, Sauces, and Salsas
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword Greek yogurt, how to make Greek yogurt, how to make yogurt
Diet Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Raw, Vegetarian
Time 60 minutes or more
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 335kcal
Author Sarah Bond



  • 4 cups whole milk 960 mL
  • ¼ cup plain store bought yogurt ensure the container says “live” or “active” cultures, 60 g


  • Heat Milk: Place milk in a medium pot and heat to 185-200°F (85-93°C), stirring frequently to preventing a skin from forming.
  • Cool Bath: Transfer the pot with milk to an ice bath (I filled my sink with ice and water), to cool milk to 100-110°F (37-43°C).
  • Temper: Pour ½ cup of the warm milk into a separate clean jar or bowl. Mix in plain yogurt, stirring until yogurt is well blended. Add remaining milk and mix well.
  • Let Sit: Cover jar or bowl with a lid, wrap in a moist, warm towel to keep in heat, and place in oven. Turn on oven light to keep warm, and let the bacteria do its yogurt making magic for 4 to 8 hours (or overnight).*
  • Strain: You can eat the yogurt like this, or strain it to make Greek yogurt. To strain, line a mesh sieve with cheesecloth (or paper towels, coffee filters etc), and pour yogurt in. Place over a large bowl and let strain in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight), until it’s reach a consistency you like.


  • *The oven light should be sufficient for keeping the milk warm enough for fermentation. You can also turn the oven on for 1 minute (just enough to warm things up an insy bit) every so often. We’re aiming to keep the milk/yogurt at about 100 degrees F (37 C) throughout the whole process.
  • Store in a clean, airtight container.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.4g | Protein: 19.7g | Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 375mg | Sugar: 11.1g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 0.1mg