Sunday, April 17, 2011

Slow Cooker Yogurt

What a super easy way to make yogurt!!!!  If you don't have a screaming baby to distract you, this couldn't be easier! I was so excited and proud when I lifted my Crock Pot Slow Cooker lid this morning and ran my spoon through my very own, home-made yogurt!  Go me!!!!  It has a really great texture.

For me, it needs sweetening, so I added honey and vanilla.  You could puree canned or fresh fruit and make different flavors.  You could also use agave nectar to sweeten this in a healthy way!

I plan to try this again with Vanilla Almond milk and Coconut Milk when this batch of yogurt is gone!

This is not my recipe.  Here's where I got my recipe from!  What a great site if you have food allergies in your household!

UPDATE:  I tried this with Vanilla Soy Milk and vanilla soy yogurt as my starter and it turned out great!

Slow Cooker Yogurt

Ingredients:
1//2 Gallon Milk (I used Vitamin D) - pasteurized is ok, but not Ultra-Pasteurized!
1/2 cup yogurt (I bought a single serve which is 6 oz. and just ate the remaining 2oz. - from now on you'll have your own starter!)

Directions:
Pour the entire 1/2 Gallon of milk into your Slow Cooker.
Set on LOW and cook foe 2 1/2 hours.

Turn off your Slow Cooker and let it sit for 3 hours.

After the 3 hours, remove 2 cups of the warm milk.
Add 1/2 cup yogurt
Stir.

Add this to your remaining milk in the Slow Cooker and stir.

Cover the Slow Cooker with a heavy towel and let it sit overnight.

The next morning, remove the towel and admire your home-made yogurt!!!!!
Enjoy!
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9 comments:

  1. I was just wondering how many ounces of yogurt this makes? Is it as creamy as store bought yogurt, or is it more liquidy?

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    1. I'm not sure how many ounces, but it makes about a half gallon of yogurt. It's thinner than store bought. :)

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  2. Ok, I am finally trying this recipe! I just put the towel over my crockpot. Curious to see the results in the morning.
    Thanks for the idea!

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  3. I just tried this out and am totally thrilled with the results! I make smoothies in the morning and it's perfect for that. It is a little more liquidy than store bought but not too much! Now I just need to find the perfect sweetener to get my 20 month old to eat it since she can't yet have honey. I tried a bit with honey and it was fantastic. Thanks so much!!!

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  4. Ho do you continue to have a starter for the next batch of crockpot yogurt you want to make? Do you keep 1/2 cup of the final yogurt and that counts as the starter?

    Thanks.

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    1. You keep 1/2 cup just like you thought :)

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  5. You can also strain the liquid a bit and have a thicker consistency. Save the whey and add a bit of sweetening and flavoring to it and it's wonderful also!

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