Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

So a friend of mine recently told me that she made her own yogurt. I thought, “oh, you have a yogurt maker” – but she doesn’t – she used her crock pot! I did some googling of my own, finding several similar options for homemade yogurt in the crock pot. Skeptical, I decided to try this idea out and the results were absolutely delicious! It was just like real yogurt! I was super excited to get such a wonderful flavor that price-wise is a great deal!

8 cups milk (add 1 packet unflavored gelatin if you use fat-free milk – see below)
1/2 cup fat-free plain or vanilla yogurt with active cultures (the active cultures part is very important!)

Pour a half gallon of milk into the crock pot. Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours. Unplug your crock pot and allow to rest for 3 hours with the lid on.

Once three hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the milk in the crock pot and whisk the yogurt into the milk. If you are using fat-free milk, now is also the time to add a packet of unflavored gelatin. This will help your fat-free yogurt “stand” like regular yogurt. Dump the bowl contents back into the crock pot and stir together well.

Place lid back on crock pot and wrap pot well with towels. Allow to rest on counter overnight (8 hours). In the morning, lift the lid from your crock pot and, behold, you have yogurt! Refrigerate your yogurt. It should last 7-10 days in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to save 1/2 cup of your yogurt to make the next batch!

Note: If you’d like flavored gelatin, experiment by adding vanilla or pureed frozen fruits.