Crock Pot Yogurt

Yogurt can be expensive and often times it has a long list of artificial colors, flavors, and who knows what else. So here is a super easy recipe to make your own crock pot yogurt. It is plain yogurt, but you can add honey, jams, fresh fruit and just about anything else you like. I also use it in place of sour cream in most recipes.

The recipe is so easy that it practically makes itself. You just have to commit a little time to the process!

Crock Pot Yogurt - how to make yogurt in the crock pot!
Crock Pot Yogurt
 
Makes: Makes 8 Cups
Ingredients
  • ½ gallon (8 cups) whole milk (you'll get a thinner product with a lower fat content milk)
  • ½ cup commercial plain yogurt that says "Live and Active Cultures" on the tub.
  • I have great success with Mountain High yogurt for my culture.
Instructions
  1. In a large crock pot pour in the milk. Turn it on low for around 2½ hours. After that time has passed, unplug the crock pot and let it sit for 3 hours. I always set a timer for these or I don't remember.
  2. After the 3 hours has passed stir in the ½ cup of yogurt. Replace the lid of the crock pot and cover with 2 big towels or a blanket. Let rest for 8 to 12 hours (overnight works well). In the morning you'll have yogurt!
  3. Place it in a ½ gallon mason jar and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. It will thicken up in the fridge. Keep a ½ cup of this yogurt for your next batch and say good bye to buying yogurt!
  4. You can also let the yogurt strain in cheese cloth, in the fridge for a few hours and you'll get a thicker Greek yogurt!
Notes
The goal is to scald the milk which takes place around 180 degrees. So you could check it with a thermometer the first time to see if the warm setting is warm enough or if maybe an hour and 45 minutes would work on low… once you figured it out I don’t think you would have to use the thermometer every time.

After the milk is scalded the waiting time is to bring the milk down to around 115-110 degrees so that it’s still warm but won’t kill your yogurt culture!
I bet you didn’t know you could make yogurt in the crock pot!

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