Over the weekend I attempted some new and quite amazing….

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Making yogurt in the crockpot!  I’ve never made yogurt before so I was a bit nervous.  Not wanting to waste half a gallon of milk was my main concern. Not that I would cry over spilled milk…

You see, the reason I set out to try making yogurt at home was solely based on money.  I have nothing against store bough yogurt.  In fact, I love it.  However, the price tag that comes with organic yogurt ($3.5-$4.5 a container) is just not cool.  I was buying 2 containers a week (Hunter and I like yogurt!), which quickly takes away from our $75/week grocery budget.

There are a couple things I go organic for, and yogurt + milk are two of them.  I rarely buy organic produce unless the price is pretty close to conventional, however, when it comes to meat and dairy, I’ll spend the extra money on it.

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So before I share how to make the perfect batch of yogurt in your crockpot, let me break down the savings.

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I’m going to assume a 32 ounce container of organic whole milk yogurt is on sale for $3.50 (which is close to the best I’ve found on a semi-regular basis – but normally it’s probably closer to $4) for sake of comparison.  A gallon of whole organic milk tends to run anywhere from $5-6.  When I made my yogurt the particular milk I had purchased cost me $5 since I used a coupon.  I used half a gallon of it, so $2.50 was invested.  Half a gallon equals 64 ounces.  That means each 32 ounces of homemade organic yogurt cost me $1.25!  Much better than the minimum of $3.50 I’d be spending!  That’s less expensive than conventional whole milk yogurt too.  Pretty rad right?  A savings of $2.25 a container!

That alone convinces me to make my own yogurt.  Then the fact that it’s crazy simple to make and only about a 15-20 minute hands on time investment seals the deal.

I started my search with this recipe, which is not made in the crockpot.  The yogurt is left in the oven with the light on, and since our oven light has never worked, that option was out.  Next I found a crockpot recipe (lost the link), which is made 100% in the crockpot, but the author said it turns out a little runny.  Lastly, I landed on this recipe which is the one I followed with great success.

Ready, set, go — let’s make some yogurt!

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Homemade Crockpot Yogurt

Recipe from here

Makes 64 ounces of yogurt (can easily be halved or doubled)

Ingredients

  • half a gallon of whole organic milk  (8 cups)
  • 1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt, organic to keep your whole batch organic (can be saved from previous made batches – does not have to be store bought unless it’s the first time making it)

Directions

  1. Turn your crock pot on low to let it heat up.
  2. Pour your milk into a saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches 185 degrees.  Use a candy or meat thermometer to check temperature.
  3. Once milk reaches 185 degrees (bubbling, not boiling) remove from burner and place the pan in a sink half full of cold water.  The water should only go up the sides about half way.  Just make sure no water gets into the pan.
  4. Let the milk cool down, stirring occasionally.  Once milk has reached between 90 and 100 degrees, remove pan from water.
  5. Measure yogurt starter (the 1/4 cup of yogurt) into a bowl and pour about a cup of the warm milk over it and stir together.  {Tip: Use 2 Tbsp of yogurt starter per 4 cups of milk.}  Meanwhile pour remaining milk into heated crockpot.  Pour milk and yogurt from bowl into the crockpot and stir it all together.
  6. Put the lid on, turn off, and unplug the crock pot. Wrap a heavy towel around it. Let sit for 6-10 hours. (I did 9 hours).
  7. After the yogurt has finished culturing, place the crock in fridge to cool yogurt. This will help the yogurt to set better.
  8. Once cooled and set, scoop into smaller jars to store in the fridge.  Should keep for 7-10 days.

It looks like a lot of steps, but I promise, it’s super easy!  And result is amazing.  Just one more thing to add to my homemade real food staples and my weekly meal prep.

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I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did.  Let me know if you try it out and if it turns out for you too!

Have you ever made yogurt yourself?  What method did you use?  What are some of your favorite flavors to add into plain yogurt? 

I love adding in homemade jams, honey or ripe banana.  Just a bit of sweetness is needed for me.  Hunter loves the stuff straight up with nothing added in.

Heather

0 thoughts on “homemade crockpot yogurt

  1. Years ago I had a little electric yogurt make which I used a lot! I have heard about this crockpot method before but now if I do eat yogurt, it is Greek yogurt… wonder how that would work?

  2. Awesome! Doesn’t it feel amazing to make your own…not to mention how delicious it is! Glad you found a recipe that worked for you. Occasionally I find it inconvenient to make mine in the oven (if I need it for something else) so I’m going to keep this recipe handy for reference.

  3. What a great idea! My mom has made her own yogurt before (I remember this from the 70s when I was a kid!) but it seemed really complicated. I will definitely give this a try!

  4. It looks delicious! But why use whole milk? (I know it is recommended for toddlers) but for us girls watching our figures, wouldn’t that be a lot of fat per serving?

    • Hi Leslie!

      I have two reasons for using whole milk. The first is that it just makes a creamier yogurt. You could sub in 2% and shoud I achieve similar results (from what I’ve read, have not attempted though).

      The other reason is completely a personal preference of mine. Not only for my son, but for my husband and myself we like whole milk dairy products (milks, cheese, yogurts, etc). I find it’s closer to how it’s made in nature, so more ‘real food’ to me. Also, I’m all about the fat in my food. Yes, it’s higher in calories, but I find I feel better when I eat more fats. It gives me energy and keeps me full longer. Again, totally personal!

  5. It looks delicious! But why use whole milk? (I know it is recommended for toddlers) but for us girls watching our figures, wouldn’t that be a lot of fat per serving?

    • Leslie, I’ve read that “whole” anything helps keep you fuller longer (due to the fat) and doesn’t contain any fillers since the fat is taken out :)

    • It tastes great! Nice tang just like store bought yogurt. Totally similar in my opinion (though I’d have to do a side by side test to see if it’s exactly the same).

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