Plain yogurt is one of those foods that are cool because it has good bacteria for your digestive tract; probiotics with live and active cultures. Before being given this recipe last month, I had made yogurt once before and it didn’t turn out very well and, if I remember correctly, it was quite a bit of work. But when my friend told me that this recipe was simple and easy and that she makes it regularly, I had to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did, because it really is very simple and easy and my family loves the yogurt. We’ve made it several times since.
This is all you’ll need for this recipe: a crock pot, 8 cups of milk (organic if possible), and 1 cup of PLAIN yogurt (do not use flavored; they are filled with sugars and corn syrups ).
The first time I made my own yogurt, I used the Fage plain greek yogurt from costco. After that first time, I stored a cup of the yogurt I made in a covered glass dish to use in my next batch. This makes about 9 cups of yogurt and my family of 7 goes through about a batch a week in our house; granted, we don’t all eat it every day.
Pour 8 cups of milk in your crock pot. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours. I start this process sometime between 3-4 in the afternoon so that when it’s done sterilizing and cooling and it’s ready to ferment, that part can be done over night.
Once the timer is up, turn off the crock pot and let the warm milk sit for three hours, undisturbed, allowing it to slowly cool. Then whisk in one cup of your starter yogurt/live culture. Put the lid back on the crock pot and wrap it completely with a bath towel. Allow this to sit and ferment over night, or 8 hours.
Once it’s done with that fermentation process, take the yogurt out and store it in covered containers (I like glass) in your fridge until it’s chilled. If you want it more thick and creamy, like greek yogurt, I found this website that has instructions.
We love to eat our yogurt over granola, with a little honey drizzled over top and some fresh berries. You could also sweeten it with stevia or agave.
My girls love to have a granola and yogurt parfait for an afternoon snack. Enjoy!
Crock Pot Yogurt
*Makes about 9 cups
8 c whole milk (organic if you can afford it)
1 c plain yogurt (I started my first batch using Fage Plain Greek yogurt; after my first batch, I always set a cup aside to start my next batch)
Cook milk in a crock pot on low heat for 2 1/2 hours. Turn off the crock pot and leave it sitting for 3 hours. Do not disturb during this period. Whisk in the one cup of plain yogurt. Put the lid back on. Wrap the entire crock pot in a bath towel and leave it for 8 hours. After 8 hours, set one cup aside for your next batch, and enjoy!
* I like to put store mine in glass jars and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.
* We love to sweeten our yogurt with honey and it goes great with granola and berries.
*Because the yogurt has to sit for 8 hours, I usually start my batch sometime between 3-4 in the afternoon, that way, come 8-9pm, it’s ready to have the yogurt stirred in and then to sit overnight.