Make yogurt in your crockpot!

Do you spend a ton of money on yogurt from the store?  Do you worry about all of the added sweeteners, dyes, etc.?  Have you ever thought about making your own yogurt?  It’s sooooo easy!  About a year ago I decided that I wanted to make my own yogurt so I started doing some research.  I didn’t want to buy yet another kitchen appliance just for the sake of making yogurt.  Finally, I found a recipe for making it in your crockpot and figured it was worth a shot….and it was!  Well worth it in fact.  It is much cheaper and healthier than most yogurt out there.  You can also sweeten it and flavor it however you want to.  You may decide on honey and granola one day and strawberry preserves the next.  Last, but not least, it is so simple!  Your crockpot does all the work =)  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Crockpot Yogurt (from crockpot365.blogspot.com)

-8 cups (half-gallon) of whole milk–pasteurized and homogenized is fine, but do NOT use ultra-pasteurized. (it’s easier to start with whole milk until you get the hang of yogurt-making, but you can make it with any kind of milk….just know that the less fat in the milk, the thinner your yogurt will be)

-1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (you need to have a starter. Once you have made your own, you can use that as a starter)

-frozen/fresh fruit for flavoring

-thick bath towel

The Directions. (Total cook time 5 1/2 hours then 8 hours overnight insulated)

This takes a while. I usually start mine around 4 or 5 in the afternoon so it can sit overnight and be done in the morning.

I used a 6 quart crockpot, but a 4 quart works great too.

Plug in your crockpot and turn to low. Add an entire half gallon of milk. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.

Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.

When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.  (You can add in some vanilla now too.  Sometimes I will add in a packet of gelatin or some powdered milk to help it get thicker as well.)

Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel (or 2) all the way around the crock for insulation.  Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.

In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened—it’s not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt.  It does get a little thicker in the fridge.

Blend in batches with your favorite fruit, jam, honey, agave nectar, granola, whatever your heart desires!   (I don’t mix in anything until we are ready to eat it.  That way you can have tons of different kinds, depending on your mood each day!)

Chill in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days. Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.

March 3, 2010 in Being Frugal, Cooking Fun!, Recipes
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2 Responses

  1. I will have to try this. We are big yogurt eaters and it gets to be a little pricey.

  2. Elizabeth, it can definitely save you quite a bit! I was amazed.