Homemade Yogurt with Michiko

I'm sharing another one of my genius friends this week...

My good friend, Michiko is not only one of the kindest people I know, but is also completely amazing in her (beautiful) kitchen.  She has an adventurous, yet scientific approach to cooking.  She studies cookbooks and most importantly, experiments until she gets it right.  I just try to find reasons to cook with her and hope her expertise rubs off on me!

She recently introduced me to homemade yogurt.  She actually made gallons of it for our church Easter party and served it with various fruits and toppings to make the yummiest parfaits on the planet!
homemade yogurt parfait

I knew I had to learn how to make this stuff, as vanilla yogurt is a staple in our house.  So when I discovered that she had written out her recipe over on her blog I quickly bought the ingredients.  I'm pleased to say that it turned out great!  I gave my neighbor a jar of it and she texted me, "I didn't know homemade yogurt could be so much better than store-bought!  Wow."

And this is what I have had for breakfast.... every day this week!
Homemade Yogurt + Fresh Fruit + Granola = Really Yummy

These are the only ingredients you'll need (and you'll need your kitchen scale to measure those ounces):
1 gallon milk
10.5 oz. non-fat dry milk
15 oz. sugar
.6 oz. unflavored gelatin
3/4 c. plain yogurt for the starter

After you come back from the grocery store with your ingredients, go to Michiko's blog for step by step instructions.  You will be so happy when you end up with one whole gallon of fresh, homemade yogurt goodness!  There is enough to share, but you may find yourself hoarding it.  I'm speaking from experience here!

Thanks again Michiko, for letting me share your recipe!
(Oh, and I'll be forever indebted to you for introducing me to steak au poivre).


  1. Hmmm. That looks so good. Thanks for the link to her blog!

  2. Michiko made lots of trial runs and now we can benefit! The first time I made it, I didn't make the water bath hot enough and it didn't work. I was in depression because I really wanted it for breakfast. But, my second attempt worked, so learn from my sad tale and make that water bath hot :)

  3. Thanks for the link! Any chance your granola is homemade? I've been looking for a tried and true granola recipe.

  4. One of my favorite breakfasts--this looks so yummy! Susan XOXO

  5. Marianne- that granola is not homemade, although I've been scouting out a tried and true granola recipe, myself! I know Michiko has made it, maybe I can get her to share that one with me too!

  6. I've been making my own yogurt for months but I've been wanting it to be thicker. I tried Michiko's recipe (actually Dr. O's recipe) and it's great! I have a much easier way though. ;) I do half the recipe (so 1/2 gallon of milk and 1/2 of everything else in the recipe) in my crockpot. Just combine everything except the starter in the crockpot. Cover and set on low for 2.5 hours. Turn off and unplug crockpot and let sit (with lid on) for 3 hours. Stir in starter (1/2 cup), put lid on, wrap crockpot in a heavy blanket and leave it alone for 8 hours. Makes beautiful yogurt every time! And it's soooo much easier than putting things in a cooler, checking temps, etc. Love this method and it works great with Michiko's recipe! (Just remember to half everthing.)


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