Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to Make Yogurt in a Crock Pot

I have had a few requests asking how I make yogurt in a crock pot.  It is really quite simple, once you have done it a few times.

You will need:
  • A crock pot (I don't recall what size the one I use for yogurt is, but it is a smaller one--you can use bigger too)
  • 8 cups of WHOLE milk, preferably organic, but it must NOT be ULTRA-pasteurized.  Pasteurized is fine
  • 1/2 cup of plain, whole milk (not lowfat or fat free) yogurt, preferably organic, or 1/2 cup homemade yogurt from a previous batch
  • A large, heavy bath towel

Here is what you do:

  1. Pour the 8 cups of milk into your crock pot and replace the lid.
  2. Put the crock pot on low for 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Turn the crock pot off and let it sit with the warmed milk for 3 hours.
  4. After the 3 hours has passed, get out one to two cups of the warm milk from the crock pot, and mix in 1/2 cup of the plain yogurt into the milk, stirring well.  (I usually ladle out 1 cup of milk right into my large measuring cup and mix the milk and the yogurt right in my measuring cup).
  5. Pour this mixture back into the crock pot and stir it all together.
  6. Replace the crock pot lid and put your heavy towel on top and around the sides of the crock pot.
  7. Leave it there until morning and in the morning you will have healthy homemade yogurt!

I usually start my yogurt in the late afternoon so that I am finishing the last steps a little before bedtime.  Remember that homemade yogurt is not as thick as store bought yogurt, because they usually add thickening agents to store-bought yogurt.  You can eat your homemade yogurt as is, or add fruit and/or raw honey for more flavor.  You can use it in smoothies and many other things!  Just don't add sugar because that defeats the whole purpose of eating the beneficial bacteria that is in yogurt to help your digestive system.

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  1. Mrs. Q,

    I took the liberty to copy and paste this and print it out for myself. I like this idea of using a crock pot. Thank you so much. ;)

    Have a blessed day. (hugs)

  2. Oh good, I'm glad you saw this. I was going to email you. I hope you like it!

    Mrs. Q

  3. Wonderful Em! I use my yogurt maker that my husband got for me at the thrift store. :)

  4. Thank you for sharing that yogurt recipe. I am going to try it.

  5. Dear Mrs. Q.

    I have made yogurt in the crock-pot and yes, it comes out delicious and easy to do.

    Blessings to you and yours,

  6. I have to try this! I am posting this on my FB. But where do you get the culture?

    Kisses XOXOXO

  7. Thank you, ladies, and JennyMay~you get the culture from the yogurt you add to your warm milk :)
    Very simple, isn't it?

    Mrs. Q

  8. This is wonderful!
    Thank's for the great recipe.
    I've never made yoghurt in my crockpot but it sounds quite easy :-)
    My hubby has developed a real love for yoghurt lately, so I'll give it a try.
    Thank you for sharing this post for LACE, Mrs Q!
    Have a blessed week..Trish

  9. Hi Mrs.Q,
    My husband makes yoghurt for us in a special container that looks like a thermos flask.
    Home-made yoghurt....beautiful!!!!
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  10. Thank you ladies. Yes, it is quite easy, Trish!

  11. Hi Mrs. Q, I'm visiting from LACE and I have to say, I had no idea one could make yogurt in a crockpot. If you're doing it, it must be because it's tastes so much better than store bought. It's sound delicious!

  12. Trying this right now, wish me luck!! :)

  13. Trying this right now, wish me luck!!


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