I am a huge fan of yogurt, but I don’t like any of the store-bought kinds I have ever tried. Even expensive organic yogurt is too sweet for my taste. I thought that making yogurt myself would be really hard, and require a lot of patience and messing with specific temperatures and formulas. I thought I needed to go buy a yogurt maker. None of that turned out to be true. Here is the easy way!
Easy Yogurt in the Crock Pot
1 gallon milk (not ultra-pastuerized)
1 small container organic yogurt. Plain un-flavored
Pour milk into the crock pot and close the lid. I use raw milk from a local farm, but the healthiest milk you can get your hands on is fine. Ultra-pastuerized milk (it will say that right on the container) is heated to a very high temperature and doesn’t culture well.
- Turn crock pot on HIGH and leave it alone for 2 hours.
- Turn crock pot OFF and leave it alone for 2 hours
- Pour in the container of yogurt and stir. Replace lid.
- Place whole crock pot into your oven and wrap it up in 2 or 3 layers of bath towels or a thick blanket. Turn on the oven light.
- Leave crock pot alone for 6 to 8 hours.
That’s it! You now have a whole gallon of yogurt and you didn’t have to do hardly anthing!
Now take 1/2 cup of this yogurt and put it in a container in the fridge and label it (so nobody eats it). Now you can use this yogurt to make the next batch, and you will never have to buy store-bought yogurt again!
My cost, even using expensive raw milk at $7.00 a gallon is only .05 cents per ounce.
I eat some over blueberries for breakfast. I use a piece of cheesecloth or a fine colander and strain the whey out of half of it to make greek yogurt. I use half of the greek yogurt and strain it even further, with a weight on top and make yogurt cheese. I use all that whey to ferment various other recipes. Amazing all the uses out of a single gallon of milk!
If you need a great resource for yogurt, kefir or sourdough starters, check out Cultures for Health. They have excellent tutorials on their site!