Slow Cooker Yogurt

Slow Cooker Yogurt

You can really find a lot of ways to make a homemade yogurt: on the internet, search it, and will get a lot of results for this topic

I like to make slow cooker yogurt.

I have a full time job, and I like having nutritious and tasty food, the slow cooker is always my first choice to make yogurt and other meals.

There are 5 different sizes of slow cookers in my home, because I don't like waiting for my yogurt.

Here is how to make slow cooker yogurt:

  • You need to have a 3-quart Crock-Pot

  • An outlet timer (optional) - if you are like me and short in time, this is going to help you save your time as well as control the cooking time.

    Click Here to see how to use OutletTimer to control slow cooker to make homemade yogurt.

  • A cooking thermometer.

  • 1/2 gallon milk (whole milk, 1% reduced fat milk, 2% reduced fat milk; the whole milk works better).

  • 1 cup Dannon Brand All Natural Plain Yogurt, or other brands of plain yogurt, but it must have active cultures ( this is the yogurt starter).

plain yogurt

active culture

  • A one-cup measuring cup or one can contain the same amount liquid bowl and one spoon (use to mix plain yogurt and milk).

  • One big clean bath towel (used for covering the crockpot and keep the warm temperature).

If you want to know about the measurement please Click Here.

Greek Yogurt Starter Bulgarian Yogurt Starter

Let's start:

1. Pour the 1/2 gallon ( 8 cups) milk into crockpot;

pour milk into crockpot

2. Turn on the crockpot to low heat setting for about 2.5 hours;

 Turn on the crockpot to low heat setting

3. Turn off the slow cooker and let the milk cool off for about 3-4 hours, depends you room temperature; you can check the milk temperature is about 115F. It is better between 110F-120F.

4. Take 1 cup plain yogurt as the yogurt starter out of refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

 one cup plain yogurt

5. Spoon some of the warm milk from the crockpot, and mix well.

 mix well milk and plain yogurt

6. Pour this mixture back into the warm milk

 pour into warm milk

7. Stir it, this will help to mix the mixture and milk.

 stir the mixture

8. Cover with the big towel and let it sit for about 8-12 hours, depends your room temperature, the longer time it takes the thicker it will be and will get a more sour taste.

 cover with bath towel

9. Now the milk has become yogurt, when you remove the lid, you will see the yogurt have some liquid on it, this is normal, and this liquid is called "whey", I like to keep it in the yogurt. Or you can drain it off if you want to.

 milk become yogurt  fresh homemade yogurt

10. I gently take out about one cup into a clean box, and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week, for next times yogurt starter. I keep this way for over ten times use, and then I will buy a new plain yogurt for the starter.

 keep the starter

11. Move the rest of the yogurt into clean boxes or bottles, and refrigerate. Afer 4-6 hours, it will be nice and creamy plain yogurt.

 homemade yogurt  homemade yogurt

12. Add sugar or other sweetener for sweet taste, you can also add vanilla flavor to become vanilla yogurt; add fruits to become fruit yogurt; making some frozen yogurt is another good idea.

13. Now enjoy your homemade yogurt!

I have been using this recipe to make my homemade yogurt over two years, this has never failed me.

The cost for this was about: 1/2 gallon milk about $2.00, the 32oz plain yogurt about $2.40, I only use one cup (about 8 oz, about $0.60) so total was about $2.60, and you'll get 1/2 gallon plain yogurt. It really saves a lot and you get healthy food.

(All the price here is at 2011, I didn't count the electrical bill.)

Please let me know what is yours like, I want a scoop!

Yummmmy, Homemade yogurt is really good!

If you want to save your time, and also want fresh, tasty homemade yogurt, you can try this way - How to use Outlet Timer to control slow cooker to make homemade yogurt.

You can also try this 4-qt. Digital Slow Cooker by Calphalon.

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