You CAN make yogurt at home and you can do it just as easy in your crockpot! Check out this awesome recipe. We’ve done it a few times and were pleasantly satisfied with the results. There is absolutely nothing better than homemade yogurt and it is so ridiculously easy and tastes so smooth and wonderful. You can just keep doing it again and again.
Crockpot / Slow Cooker Yogurt
1/2 Gallon of Whole Milk
1 c. plain store bought yogurt (to use as your starter)
Put the milk in your crock pot and set on low. Allow to cook on low for 2.5 hours. don’t remove the lid during cooking. Turn the crock pot off and allow to sit for 3 hours (don’t open it or stir the milk, just leave it alone for 3 hours). After the three hours has passed, remove the lid and stir in the yogurt with a wire whisk. Replace the lid and wrap the crock pot in a heavy bath towel. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning you will have yogurt.
If the yogurt is not as thick as you’d like, just line a fine mesh strainer or colander with a clean flour sack cloth or double cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Pour in your yogurt and set in the refrigerator for about an hour. The whey that drains into the bowl can be saved for use in cooking or soaking foods to be cooked such as beans or whole grains.
To flavor yogurt, drain it to desired consistency then add honey or other sweetener and pureed or chopped fruit.
Drain for several hours to obtain yogurt cheese (similar to cream cheese) to use in dips, spreads or on bread or toast.