Homemade Crock Pot Yogurt

We eat a lot of yogurt at our house.  Lately, my favorite has been the Greek yogurt.  It's really expensive, though.  So, I decided to try making it myself.   This is something I have been wanting to try for a while and finally did it yesterday. It's so easy... not sure why I didn't do it earlier!  Plus, with milk costing around $2.50 for a gallon, this makes for some very inexpensive yogurt.

In a large crock pot, pour 1/2 gallon of milk (8 cups)- you can use any kind- I used skim, but just make sure it is not ultra-pasteurized (apparently that kind does not work). Mine was just regular skim grocery store milk.  I also mixed in 1 c. nonfat powdered milk.  This makes it creamier. 

Turn it on low and cook for 2 1/2 hours. (If your crock pot cooks lower or heats up slowly, start it on high for an hour then turn to low for remaining time) After it has been cooking a total of 2 1/2 hours, turn off the crock pot.   Let it sit for 3 hours to cool. 

After 3 hours, take out 2 c. of the milk and stir 1/2 c. of plain yogurt with live cultures into it.  I used my Greek yogurt that I already had.  Whisk this back into the rest of the milk. 

Put the lid on and wrap a large towel around the whole crock pot.  Let it sit for 8-10 hours- or overnight. When you open it in the morning it should be thick and creamy.

If you want it to be really thick, like Greek yogurt, you will have to strain it.  Line a strainer with cheesecloth, muslin, or paper towels.  Ladle the yogurt in and let it sit for 1 hour until thick.

You can use this as a substitute for sour cream, you can mix in any flavoring that you like- honey, sugar, vanilla, jam, fruit, etc.  I am planning on making some frozen "go-gurt" pops for my kids.  I mixed in some strawberry jam and I am putting it into little snack-sized Ziploc bags then freezing.  We also did some with a chocolate pudding mix stirred in.  Should make for a tasty treat!  The flavor possibilities are endless...
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Alida Sharp said…
Gotta give this a try...so I pinned it to my Pinterest board!
Hey Karyn!
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Lisa Henderson said…
Wow this is so great! I cant wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!
JoAnna said…
I wish I had seen this before I had my sister get me a "yogurt maker" for Christmas a few years back. This is much easier. However, I was never happy with the consistency of the yogurt I made. I wonder if this would make a better consistency? And I hadn't realized that to get the Greek style, you have to strain it. I have become so accustomed to the Greek style that "other" yogurt is just too thin!