This may be my most exciting Make it Yourself Monday yet! Even better than my first time making almond butter!
My friend told me about the blog Crockpot 365 and mentioned she’d made a lot of recipes from there. She also casually mentioned making yogurt in a crockpot! Say what?! I don’t think I had ever even considered making my own yogurt before, and certainly didn’t think a crockpot could be used.
I trust my friend, though- she is a yogurt connoisseur. In fact, we went to Europe together a few years ago and she tried yogurt in 9 out of the 11 countries we went to. (Unfortunately, the Vatican doesn’t sell yogurt…)
It’s safe to say she knows her yogurt, so I followed her instructions and hoped for the best!
Her first tip- milk that comes in a glass bottle will produce better results.
I bought organic whole milk at Whole Foods yesterday and it was a pretty decent price. I didn’t realize that I only bought half the amount I needed, so I used a quart of lowfat milk I found in the fridge as well. It’s still really creamy!
(Adapted from this recipe)
- 1 quart whole milk
- 1 quart low-fat milk
- 4 ounces plain, whole milk yogurt
- Turn your crockpot on low and add both quarts of milk. Cover and let sit for 2 1/2 hours.
- Unplug your crockpot and let sit for another three hours.
- After three hours, take two cups of warm milk from the crockpot and whisk in yogurt. Add back to crockpot and stir. Cover with a blanket or towel and let sit overnight.
I was so pleased to discover yogurt in my crockpot this morning!!
The consistency was just that of regular yogurt! I prefer the thickness of Greek yogurt, so I followed the advice of my friend and strained it to make Greek yogurt.
To strain it, I lined a colander with paper towels, dumped the yogurt in, covered it with a towel and let it sit in the fridge for 8 hours.
So thick and creamy! What I liked best about this was that it wasn’t really tangy- I HATE tangy yogurt!
I couldn’t believe how much whey came out of the yogurt. I just couldn’t bear to throw it away- it’s sitting in my fridge now until I figure out what to do with it
I opted to not flavor the entire batch- I like variety, so each day I can decide what flavor I want.
I added maple syrup and cinnamon to my bowl today. It was delicious! Definitely one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever made
Have you ever used a crockpot? This was my first time!