How to Make Greek Yogurt in 5 Easy Steps and 2 Ingredients

Step 1 on How to Make Greek Yogurt: Add the 2 quarts of half and half into a non-stick pot and turn to medium heat. Photo by Megy Karydes.

Step 1 on How to Make Greek Yogurt: Add the 2 quarts of half and half into a non-stick pot and turn to medium heat. Photo by Megy Karydes.

Making Greek yogurt is surprisingly very simple. And, dare I say, cheaper and healthier to make at home than to buy at the store. I asked my mother to show me how to make it since she makes it regularly and it tastes delicious. Here are her step by step directions on making Greek yogurt using two ingredients and in five steps.

First, gather the items you’ll need to make your Greek yogurt:

  • A glass bowl
  • A pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • 2 quarts half and half (any brand is fine)
  • 3 ounces Greek yogurt (any brand is fine)
  • Blankets
  • Glass containers with a lid
  • Whisk

Now…let’s do it.

How to Make Greek Yogurt with 2 Ingredients and 5 Easy Steps

  1. Add the 2 quarts of half and half into a non-stick pot and turn to medium heat.
  2. Watch the liquid until it’s about to boil. This might take about 3-7 minutes depending on your heat but you must watch it because you don’t want it to boil over.
  3. Once it’s about to boil, turn off the heat and let the liquid sit in the non-stick pot for 25 minutes to cool off (it doesn’t need to be cold – it just needs to cool down otherwise it will burn the plain yogurt that will be added in the next step.
  4. At the 25 minute mark, add your 5.3 ounce Greek yogurt cup into a glass bowl and slowly add the half and half from the pot into the glass bowl by the spoonful. Whisk and keep adding more into the glass bowl until a good chunk is in the glass bowl. Then take the contents of the glass bowl and add it back into the pot and mix it all in there.
  5. Pour your liquid into glass containers and cover them with the container’s lid. Then cover your containers in blankets. You want to keep the containers warm and place them in a non-drafty area (like where the furnace is in your home). The yogurt needs to sit for 12 hours. If you like your yogurt more tart, let it sit for longer than 12 hours. 

After 12 hours, take them out of their warm and cozy blankets and place the containers in the refrigerator for another 12 hours. 

Check out the video on How to Make Greek Yogurt for step by step visual directions.

Megy Karydes is professional freelance writer and founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food. She’s also a regular contributor to USA Today Travel10best.com, TravelingMom.com as Foodie TravelingMom and writes for several other print magazines and online media outlets. Find her at KarydesConsulting.com or on Twitter @megy.

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