How to Make Homemade Greek Yogurt

Got homemade yogurt? Want to make it into thick, creamy Greek yogurt? Here's how! You just need a strainer and some cheesecloth. Works for store-bought yogurt, too!

  • 1 to 8 hours time:
  • Yield: varies based on initial batch size


  • Plain yogurt, any amount, homemade or store-bought

Special equipment:

  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Large bowl


1 Set things up: Line the strainer with the cheesecloth (use a double layer, if needed) and set it over the bowl.

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2 Strain the yogurt: Add the yogurt to the strainer and let the whey drip out for anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours. Do this in the fridge if it’s warm or intend to strain your yogurt for more than a few hours. Check the yogurt occasionally and stop when you reach a consistency that you like.

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3 Whisk and store: Whisk the strained yogurt until smooth and shiny. Don’t be afraid to whisk hard! If it’s too stiff, whisk in a few tablespoons of whey. Transfer to a storage container, and store for up to two weeks. Discard the whey, or refrigerate it in its own jar for up to 2 months.

Homemade Greek Yogurt Recipe