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
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.
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.
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
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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