Creamy Crock Pot Yogurt Recipe

creamy crock pot yogurt

Making delicious creamy crock pot yogurt at home is ridiculously easy. Not only that, but it’s frugal and good for you too.

I eat yogurt almost every day. Sometimes I eat it twice in a day. Since yogurt contains bone healthy calcium and magnesium, protein, gut friendly probiotics and may help to keep blood pressure low, it’s good for us. But if you’ve priced it at the store lately you know it can be bad for one’s wallet if you eat as much as me.

I stumbled upon this recipe online about 10 years ago. I was so shocked when I found out how easy it is to make your own yogurt at home. I think you will be too. And just wait until you taste it! Fresh creamy crock pot yogurt tastes so much better than what’s available at the supermarket.

Creamy Crock Pot Yogurt

What you need

Medium to large sized crock pot with a removable ceramic liner
Food Thermometer
Whisk
2 large bath towels or an old blanket
Good Fresh Milk – Organic is best, but any milk will do as long as it isn’t ultra pasteurized
1/2 cup nonfat instant dry milk
1/2 cup of yogurt with live active cultures – I like Stoneyfield Farm’s Organic if I need a store bought culture

Step 1- Clean Well

Make sure your crock pot and all of your utensils are very clean. Failure to do so can result in undesirable results. We’re dealing with bacteria cultures after all. And we only want to grow the good for us kind.

Step 2- Heat the Milk

Depending on the size of your crock pot, pour in one-half to one gallon of milk. My crock pot hold three-fourths of a gallon. Sometimes I only make 1/2 gallon at a time in the same crock pot. It just depends on how much creamy crock pot yogurt I need for the week.

180 deg F

Turn your crock pot on high and put the lid on. Heat the milk up to about 180 ° Fahrenheit. This will take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on how hot your crock pot gets and how much milk you used.

If you don’t have a food thermometer, start watching for lots of little bubbles in your milk. When you see that, it’s ready.

Step 3- Cool the Milk

Unplug your Crock Pot. With a set of hot pads, carefully remove the ceramic crock from the base of your crock pot and sit it on the counter. Use a trivet or dish towel underneath if you are worried about your counter tops being damaged from the heat.

Remove the lid and stir in 1/2 cup of nonfat Instant dry milk. This will make your yogurt thicker and creamier.

Place the lid halfway on and halfway off the ceramic insert and allow the milk to cool to about 115 ° Fahrenheit. This will take 1 to 2 1/2 hours. If you have a chance to occasionally stir the mixture as it cools, I think it speeds the process up, but it’s not necessary.

If a skin begins to form on the surface of your milk as it cools, remove it and discard.

If you don’t have a food thermometer, it’s cool enough when you can hold your clean pinky finger comfortably in the milk for 10 seconds.

Step 4- Inoculate

Whisk 1/2 cup of starter yogurt into your cooled milk

Step 5- Incubate

Place your ceramic crock back inside of your unplugged crock pot base. Now wrap the whole thing up in two large bath towels or an old blanket.

Set your swaddled crock pot in a warm location where it will not be disturbed by children, animals or drafts for the next 8 to 10 hours.

Step 6- Set 

After 8 to 10 hours you have creamy crock pot yogurt! But wait! If you want it nice and thick you need to let it set up. Do not stir or shake it just yet.

thick yogurt

Unwrap your crock pot. Remove the ceramic liner from the base and carefully set it in the refrigerator with the lid on. Let it rest for several hours or all day.

Step 7- Store  

Ladle your set yogurt into storage jars or containers. I prefer glass jars for storing my yogurt. It just seems like it tastes better when it’s stored in glass.

Remember to reserve a 1/2 cup of yogurt to make your next batch.

 How does a Busy Mama have time to make homemade yogurt?

If you’re spending the majority of the early evening and night at home, it easy to make some creamy crock pot yogurt.

5 pm- Clean and heat, steps 1 and 2
7:00 or 7:30 pm- Cool and add nonfat dry milk- step 3
9:30 pm- Inoculate and Incubate steps 4 and 5

Now go to bed and finish up tomorrow. Or head to work if you are a third shifter like me.

6:00 to 8:00 am- Set it Step 6
A few hours later or or at the end of the day- Store it- Step 7

Serving Suggestions

There are so many ways you can enjoy your creamy crock pot yogurt.Here are just a few.

I like to dish up 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup, toss in a chopped apple and sprinkle the whole thing with cinnamon and Stevia. You could use sugar or Splenda, if you’d rather. And if I am really hungry, I’ll toss in a few walnuts as well.

For a small snack, I love to drizzle some honey over top or mix in some Blackberry Jam or fresh fruit.

It’s nice in smoothies too, like this one.

Busy Mama Tip

If you’re in a hurry and want to speed thing up, you can microwave your milk right in the ceramic crock. Just microwave in 3 minute intervals, stirring in between, until your milk reaches 180 ° Fahrenheit.

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Comments

  1. OK! Yum. My friend does this only she does it in the over overnight!! She has given me some on a few occasions, and although I don’t regularly like yogurt, it is delish!! Thanks for sharing. I like the crockpot version even better. Plus, my friend has been a little tight with her recipe. Smiles!!
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  2. What?! I never thought of homemade yogurt. This a genuinely cool idea. The kids will love idea and will want to help. How much fun will that be?! Thank you for sharing such a well developed and fun post. Blessings.
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  3. I have never made homemade yogurt before. I have always bought the store bought stuff, which is ok. This sounds so yummy and going to have to give it a try. I would imagine you could be really creative with different flavors!
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  4. Thanks so much for your recipe, I can’t wait to try this. You make it look simple.We love yogurt!
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  5. I LOVE crockpot yogurt! It’s been a while since we’ve made it because plain yogurt is cheaper at Costco right now where we are than good milk is (!!!), but we made it a LOT when we lived in the midwest. Strain the whey from it and add some salt and you’ll have yogurt cheese that you can use just like cream cheese!! And yes, we love jam in our yogurt!

    Thanks for linking up to Wellness Wednesday! :)
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  6. Wow this sounds amazing! We made cheese recently and it was so delicious. I’m featuring this tonight at my link party and pinning!
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  7. I love frugal ideas like this! Yogurt would have been one of the last things I would have thought to make at home but now I’m feeling inspired to give it a go.

    As a busy mom myself…I appreciate any and all advice from people in the same boat.

  8. I love yogurt but never thought to make my own. Thanks for the recipe, I definitely need to try it.
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  9. What a great step-by-step instructional post! I especially like how you included how you schedule it into your life.

    I’ve never made yogurt, but it is on my I-want-to-do-this-someday list. Thank you! You’ve made it seem very doable.
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  10. How much does it cost to make a crock pot full? How would your flavor it to make vanilla yogurt?

    Thanks,
    Raki
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    • Hi Raki, For the crock pot in the recipe I pictured: I used 3/4 of a gallon of milk, 1/2 cup of a previous batch of yogurt I had made for the “starter” and 1/2 cup instant non fat milk.

      I used a pasteurized organic milk (not ultra pasteurized), which costs a little bit more. $4 to $6 a gallon
      I used this instant dry milk http://amzn.to/1mAUCB7 and I think (I am no mathematician) 1/2 cup costs about 50 cents
      And my left over starter was free.
      So my batch cost about $4.00 for 2 and 3/4 Quarts of finished yogurt.

      If you were making it for the first time and needed to purchase yogurt for a starter at about $4 a quart, and a small bag or dry milk for about $4 and the fresh milk, your initial investment would be $12 (if using organic milk). But you’d have left over starter (from the new batch you make or from freezing your store bought yogurt in 1/2 cup portions) and you’d have enough dry milk for several more batches of yogurt. And you would be making 2 and 3/4 quarts for $4 before you knew it!

      To reduce your cost even further, you could use milk from a discount store like Aldi, which sometimes has milk as low as $1.67 in my area. Then you’d be making yogurt for about $2.50 for 2 and 3/4 quarts!!

      As far as making it taste like Vanilla, I’ve not tried to. I suggest a Google search on that subject. Or just experiment with vanilla extract or vanilla syrups like this one http://amzn.to/1fldyQl , which is great in coffee BTW. There are sugar free syrups available as well. I also suggest experimenting with flavorings, by the bowl, so if your experiment is a flop, you didn’t waste the whole batch.

      If you try this and you figure out how to make it taste like Vanilla, please come back and tell us how you did it!

  11. What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing! I also love yogurt and would love to be able to make it myself knowing exactly what is put into it!

  12. I never thought about making my own yougurt. Interesting idea! Thanks for the info.
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  13. What a great tutorial! I’m going to pin it–and I love your other links! You are one busy lady to work out of the house, blog, and everything else!
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  14. I have never thought of making my own yogurt before. That is so neat! I’m really not much of a yogurt fan, but my family love it. It doesn’t seem as hard as I thought it would be either to make it. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try this out one day!
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  15. Wow! I’m not a yogurt water but my daughter and one of my kids in my daycare love it!! I will forward this to her and his mom!! Thanks!!
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  16. This is definitely something I’d never considered using my crock pot for! Thanks for sharing the idea.
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  17. OMY! This is fabulous! I love yogurt as well, but buying it is so expensive! Now I can yogurt all of the time! Thanks so much :)
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  18. It looks so so so good and simple! I’ll definitely enjoy the experience of making my own yogurt! I’m adding this to my “homemade goodness” list ;) Thank you for making life easier for busy mom’s like me! :)

  19. Yeah, I had no idea you could make your own yogurt! I’m not a huge fan of yogurt, but maybe it’s worth making for some Smoothies.
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  20. This is the first time that I’ve heard of homemade yogurt. I’m pinning for future reference.
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  21. I have been wanting to try this for a long time. I like your way of doing it in the crock pot. I’m gonna pin it! By the way, I’ve been to your site before. Great stuff. Thanks.
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  22. Adding this to my cooking bucket list!

  23. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe. I am on a mission to find more healthy snacks for my family and this would be wonderful for my five year old son as a treat that we could both make together and enjoy!

  24. It seems simple enough. I’ll have to try it, yogurt is always a good snack to have on hand and there are so many options to use it! Thanks for the detailed instructions.
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  25. Wonderful recipe! I have been wanting to get a crock pot but I had no idea it has a use for making yogurt. My daughter loves yogurt and I’m sure once we get our crock pot she’ll be making this. Thank you!
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  26. Before we went dairy free I really wanted to make yogurt at home, but I never got around to it. I am going to pin this on my slow cooker recipe Pinterest board for others to see! :)
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  27. I have never made my own yogurt. This recipe looks very easy and simple. I do have a question though. After you put it in the jars, do you just refrigerate it? If so, how long will it last?

    Thanks for sharing.
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  28. How neat! I’ve never tried to make my own yogurt, but it doesn’t look too difficult. I’m sure my husband would love it if I could make it at home so it wouldn’t be too sugary!
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  29. nice – that it’s possible to make yogurt in a crock-pot – WOOT WOOT!! :D
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  30. I too eat yogurt almost every day, and had no idea it was this easy to make! Such a money saver too! Thanks for breaking this down into very manageable steps.
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  31. LOVE yogurt – thank you! It sounds very strange – leaving it out and wrapping it up in a blankie!!! I imagine my husband will have a field day with this (he’s a real meat and potatoes kinda guy – but seeing his reaction will be half the fun!) I’m can’t wait to try this! Thank you! Julia
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  32. This looks like fun. I have made cheese before, but never yogurt. I need to take advantage of my crockpot more. I do have one question, do you have to use crockpot liners? I’m not the biggest fan of cooking my food in plastic, so I am hoping I can just put my pot in the fridge with the lid instead of handling the liners??
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    • I would love to make cheese! I was not talking about the plastic crock pot liners. I am speaking of a crock pot where the ceramic part lifts up out of the metal part (which most do) I will re-ckeck my wording in the post so i don;t confuse anyone else. :)

  33. Thank you for this! I have a friend that makes this and it is truly delicious, but she is a bit secretive about the recipe! So, now I don’t have to worry about that! Looks so yummy!!!
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  34. Yummy! My Son loves yoghurt! Thanks for the recipe. Will try it over the weekend.

  35. I have been wanting to make this for quite some time. I love your detailed instructions. I will def be trying to make it this weekend!
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  36. The timing of this is great! I lost my yogurt recipe some time ago and have been wanting to make homemade yogurt for about a month now. My recipe used my oven and it wasn’t efficient to do it that way when dinner time came. This is perfect; didn’t know I could use my crockpot!! Thank you very much for all the extra tips along the way.
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  37. To be honest, I have never liked yogurt, but I have only ever had store bought stuff. Your post has me wondering if homemade may change my mind. It did with butter! I will definitely give your recipe a try!
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  38. Yes, Amanda! We are in the same comment group! Go group C!

    I love blogging because I’m a storyteller and it gives me an outlet, but I also love blogging because I have made wonderful friends like you!

    Your crock pot yogurt looks so creamy and delicious. I didn’t know you could make yogurt in the slow cooker. I’m gonna give it a try.
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  39. I LOVE homemade yogurt!! Thank you for this yummy recipe I will have to try it really, really soon :)

    Have a beautiful week,
    Amber
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  40. Thanks for the recipe. My daughter takes yogurt to school every day for snack. She was taking chips but I want to get her to eat healthier so now she takes yogurt.
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  41. a friend of mine recently got a yogurt maker from London Drugs to try out and I was so jealous I didn’t have one so I could make it. MWAHAHAHA now I can lol!
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  42. You make it seem so easy! I can imagine this tasting way better than store bought ones!
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  43. that’s impressive! i love plain yogurt with a bit of sugar. i just recently started using a crockpot to make meals and this sounds like a perfect [and healthy!] snack. :)
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  44. Oh my! I don’t know if I can do this or not but The Sweetheart would be in heaven! He loves yogurt, simply loves it. I do too but not quite as addicted as he is. It is his snack, his dessert, all of those things and more, lol. This was a fabulous tutorial…pinning!
    Blessings,
    nannette
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  45. Homemade yogurt is the only way! I haven’t been able to make any for a few months, and I know everyone is missing it!
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  46. I absolutely love homemade yogurt. However, I did not know you could use dry milk in it too. Thanks!
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  47. I have always wanted to make my own yogurt, but I have always been nervous about it. It seems like such a complicated process. The way you have broken it down shows that it is really not complicated……it just takes a little time and you have worked that out for me too. Time to get to work on some bacteria.
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    • This recipe is foolproof. Mine turned out great the first time 10 years ago and I have never had it fail me. If I could only say the same thing for my fermented pickles and sourdough bread. But I am still working on those.

  48. This is Genius! I used to make yogurt years ago (about 30) in a little yogurt maker that was given to me when I was pregnant. I loved the yogurt and occasionally buy it from the store, but you are right, the price and sometimes the taste is a big deterrent!
    Thanks for posting this – hope you don’t mind but I am pinning it so I don’t forget!

    Angel
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  49. I had no idea it was possible to make yogurt at home, let alone in the crockpot! I have already pinned this one so I can give it a try. I especially like the Busy Mom schedule you included at the end!!
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  50. I have been wanting to start making my own yogurt! Thank you so much for sharing this. So happy to have found your blog through the Much Ado About Mondays link up.
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