Heartland Cooks - Len’s Homemade Yogurt

Heartland Cooks - Len’s Homemade Yogurt

SHAWNEETOWN, MO (KFVS) - When Len Fiedler of Shawneetown, Missouri retired he wanted to eat healthier. While his wife Janet admits she wasn't thrilled when Len started taking over her kitchen, she's come to enjoy the fruits of his labor – homemade yogurt. Len says he loves the health benefits of his homemade yogurt and really likes the cost-savings. An average quart of generic yogurt in the grocery store is $3.99. Len's done the math and says making his yogurt at home works out to about $1.20 a quart. Use Len's homemade yogurt as a base for smoothies, granola parfaits, or any recipe that calls for plain yogurt.


½ gallon milk (whole, 2%, or skim)

8 oz. non-fat dry milk (generic brands are okay)

5 oz. of active culture, unflavored, unsweetened, yogurt.


In a large pot heat a half gallon of milk covered over medium heat. Use a cooking thermometer to monitor milk temperature until it reaches 180 degrees. Do not let milk boil or scorch. Remove from heat.

Whisk in one cup of non-fat dry milk, dissolving into heated milk.

Allow mixture to cool covered on to 110 degrees. This takes nearly two hours.  \

When mixture is cool, whisk in 5 ounces of active yogurt culture into the mixture a little at a time. You can either buy yogurt with active cultures from the store, or use a portion of a previous batch of homemade yogurt to do this.

Pour mixture into two one-quart glass containers.

Warm oven on low heat for two minutes or less. Turn off the heat and turn the oven light on.

Place the containers in oven with light on for 9-12 hours.

After 12 hours, remove the containers from the oven and refrigerate.  If stored in air-tight containers, yogurt will last approximately two weeks.

Breakfast Smoothie


  • ¼ cup of yogurt
  • 1 medium banana (peeled, frozen banana, slightly thawed in microwave)
  • 1 cup of favorite chilled fruit (apple, peach, melon, blue berries, etc.)


Place ingredients into blender and mix thoroughly.

Pour into cup or bowl and serve immediately.


Add other ingredients as desired, such as chocolate, coconut, honey, almonds

If banana and fruit are not chilled, crushed ice may be added.

Left over smoothie may be frozen in individual serving container for a snack later.

Hand held blender works best for easy clean up.

May be eaten directly from mixing container with spoon.

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