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Homemade Crockpot Yogurt (Greek Yogurt How To Included!)

by Heather

Did you know you can make homemade yogurt in the crockpot? Yes, you can! Today I’m sharing what you need to make crockpot yogurt, the step by step how to, plus how to turn that yogurt into Greek yogurt! We’re breaking down the cost of homemade versus store bought organic yogurt and my favorite ways to enjoy yogurt. Read on for all the goodies!

homemade crockpot yogurt

Homemade crockpot yogurt

I first started making yogurt in my slow cooker years ago to save money on organic yogurt. I’m breaking down the cost below for you.

My family of 6 has been going through A LOT of yogurt, and it felt like the right time to bring homemade crockpot yogurt back into the mix.

You’ll need a crockpot (of course) for this how to, plus a thermometer. I use my handy meat thermometer, but a candy thermometer works well too.

making yogurt in the crockpot

Homemade organic yogurt versus store bought organic yogurt

I’m sharing the costs at my local grocery store. Of course, prices vary depending on where you live, so definitely check out those out and compare for yourself.

Store bought organic yogurt (32 ounces): $5.99

1/2 gallon organic milk (64 ounces): $4.39

The organic yogurt by price alone costs more than double per ounce – so if money savings is something you’re looking for, this may be a great option!

Non-organic yogurt would also cost less, so definitely compare if that’s the route you’d like to go.

Here’s what you need for homemade crockpot yogurt

homemade crockpot yogurt

Making yogurt in a crockpot

  1. Turn your crockpot 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.

How to make thick Greek yogurt

After you’ve made yogurt in the crockpot, grab a large bowl, strainer and a cheese cloth to make thick greek yogurt. 

Place the cheese cloth (folded up a couple times) over the strainer (with excess hanging over), then the strainer over a bowl. 

Pour the yogurt into the cheese cloth-strainer and allow it to sit in the fridge overnight, or at least for 3-4 hours. 

You’ll notice the liquid (whey) filling up the bowl, leaving you with super thick yogurt.

slow cooker organic yogurt

Favorite ways to enjoy homemade yogurt

Yogurt and granola bowls are a favorite in the mornings, and we enjoy them 1-2 times a week for sure.

Here are a few favorite granola recipes to include with your yogurt:

Easy chia jam goes great with yogurt and granola bowls as well.

My hubby loves to take yogurt, with it with some of his protein powder and use it as a pancake topping.

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Homemade Crockpot Yogurt

Did you know you can make homemade yogurt in the crockpot? Yes, you can! Today I’m sharing what you need to make crockpot yogurt, the step by step how to, plus how to turn that yogurt into Greek yogurt! We’re breaking down the cost of homemade versus store bought organic yogurt and my favorite ways to enjoy yogurt. Read on for all the goodies!
Prep Time20 mins
Rest Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: yogurt
Servings: 10
Author: Heather

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt

Instructions

  • Turn your crockpot on low to let it heat up.
  • 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.
    making yogurt in a crockpot
  • 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.
  • Let the milk cool down, stirring occasionally.  Once milk has reached between 90 and 100 degrees, remove pan from water.
  • 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.  Meanwhile pour remaining milk into heated crockpot.  Pour milk and yogurt from bowl into the crockpot and stir it all together.
    making yogurt in a crockpot
  • Put the lid on, turn off, and unplug the crock pot. Wrap a heavy towel around it. Let sit for 6-10 hours.
    making yogurt in a crockpot
  • After the yogurt has finished culturing, place the crock in fridge to cool yogurt. This will help the yogurt to set better.
  • Once cooled and set, scoop into smaller jars to store in the fridge.  Should keep for 7-10 days.
    making yogurt in a crockpot
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!
making yogurt in the crockpot

If you try this recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

*Originally published in January 2014. Updated April 2021.*

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21 comments

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 28, 2014 - 3:32 pm

pinned!!! can’t wait to make this!

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Elle January 28, 2014 - 3:44 pm

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?

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Fit Mama January 28, 2014 - 4:28 pm

To make Greek yogurt you would just need to strain it with a cheese cloth after to get it nice and thick. Totally doable!

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Lydia @ The Thrifty Frugal Mom January 28, 2014 - 4:13 pm

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.

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 28, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Love this! I have never made my own yogurt but I’ve always been curious about it. I want to try it with coconut milk!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 28, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Definitely giving this a try! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Andrea@WellnessNotes January 28, 2014 - 5:12 pm

This is soooo cool!

I pinned it and plan on making it on the weekend!

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Erica January 28, 2014 - 6:06 pm

I totally want to do this!!!! So cool

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Erica January 28, 2014 - 6:06 pm

I totally want to do this!!!! So cool

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Krista Swan January 29, 2014 - 7:42 pm

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!

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Leslie February 1, 2014 - 3:57 pm

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?

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Fit Mama February 3, 2014 - 10:40 pm

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!

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Leslie February 1, 2014 - 3:57 pm

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?

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Karla February 4, 2014 - 11:35 am

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 🙂

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Pech February 5, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Besides the savings, how does the homemade yogurt taste compared to the store yogurt?

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Fit Mama February 5, 2014 - 8:09 pm

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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