Did you know you can make yogurt at home… in your crockpot?!
What better way to both; save money, and be sure of the ingredients in your yogurt?
And to top it off, it’s SUPER EASY!
I have been making crockpot yogurt for over a year now, and have never messed it up… not including the time I forgot and went to bed without completing step 4 and 5. *Advice: set an alarm.*
This recipe is for a plain yogurt so you can sweeten and flavor it however you like.
I use it to make these awesome single serve “fruit-on-the-bottom” yogurt cups. I can hardly keep them stocked in my fridge, my husband and kids scarf them down like they’re going out of style.
It is also great in smoothies, on waffles topped with fruit, and made into frozen yogurt drops or popsicles; all the while working as a Probiotic, promoting a healthy digestive system.
Let’s Make Yogurt
Step One: Pour a whole Gallon of milk into your crockpot.
It doesn’t matter what kind of milk you use as long as its dairy. I do suggest that you start with a whole milk, though, until you get the hang of it. Whole milk will produce a yogurt with a thicker consistency. For my yogurt, I use a whole, raw milk from a local dairy.
Step Two: Cook on Low for 2 1/2 hours.
Set your crockpot to Low and let it cook for 2 1/2 – 3 hours.
Step three: Unplug your crockpot. Let it set for 3 hours
Unplug it and just let it set for 3 hours, to cool down a bit.
Step Four: Whisk in one cup of plain yogurt.
Pour one cup of plain yogurt into the crockpot and whisk it in. Don’t miss this step it’s important! The yogurt is where the live cultures come from that turns your milk into yogurt.
Step Five: Wrap your crockpot in towels.
Grab a couple big towels or a blanket and wrap them around your (unplugged) crockpot. The towels keep the warmth in, allowing the cultures to develop.
Step Six: Let it set overnight or for 8-12 hours.
Just leave it on the counter. When you wake up in the morning you will have beautiful thick homemade yogurt!
A Few Extra Tips
- I usually let my yogurt set in the fridge for a day or so before using it. I have found it helps it thicken up a bit more and allows the whey to distribute itself throughout the yogurt.
- Don’t forget to save a cup worth of yogurt to add to your next batch, so you won’t have to buy more at the store.
- I have found the best time to start this project is at 4 pm. That means you will turn off your crockpot at 6:30 and then whisk in the yogurt at 9:30 before you head to bed.
- Don’t try to halve this recipe, I tried it, it doesn’t work. I ended up with scorched milk. You would need to lower the cooking time.
Good luck on your yogurt endeavors!