If your tired of paying for expensive yogurt, this is a super simple easy economical way to make your own yogurt! With just two ingredients you can have your very own Crock-Pot Homemade Yogurt! Flavor the yogurt with your favorite fruits or extracts for a healthy breakfast or snack!
Slow Cooker Homemade Yogurt
Making your own homemade yogurt in your slow cooker is super easy and a so frugal too! All you need is two ingredients (milk and some plain yogurt with live active cultures) and some time.
And once you have made your first batch of yogurt you can reserve half a cup to use as a starter culture for your next batch of home-made yogurt.
The key to making your own yogurt is starting with a good quality plain yogurt (no sweeteners, flavorings, or fruit in the store bought yogurt). The yogurt needs to have live active cultures.
You can find out if the yogurt you are buying has live active cultures by looking on the side of the container on the ingredients list. You should see it listed as something along the lines of “Live Active Yogurt Cultures” and then may list out the specific types of cultures in the yogurt.
These cultures are what makes yogurt…well yogurt and are wonderful gut healthy probiotics.
The other thing you will need is milk. I personally used 2% cows milk from the grocery store (and that is what the nutritional information is calculated based on). But, you can use any percentage fat (skim, whole, 1%) cow milk, sheep milk or goat milk.
Your milk can be store bought or fresh raw or pasteurized milk from a farm.
The only kind of milk you don’t want to use is any milk that has been highly pasteurized. This process is used to heat the milk up to a higher temperature to make it more shelf stable.
The process is quite simple and the flavor is SO good!
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Homemade Yogurt Recipe:
- 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Instant Read Thermometer OR Candy Thermometer
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Bath Towels
- Cheesecloth, Clean Flour Sack Kitchen Towel OR Coffee Filters
Can I Use Goat Milk To Make Yogurt In My Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can use any type of raw or pasteurized milk from goats, sheep or cows. You can even use a combination of milks.
How Much Yogurt Does Recipe Make
This recipe for yogurt should yield about 4 cups of finished strained yogurt. Four cups equals 2 pints or 1 quart. If you opt to not strain the yogurt you will get more.
What Can I Do With The Liquid That I strained Off The Yogurt?
Some people toss the liquid from the yogurt after they have strained it. But if your motto is “waste not want not” you can use to cook with. I have used it to replace some of the water or milk in homemade bread, pancakes, waffles and oatmeal. I am sure there are other uses too (leave a comment below!). If you have farm animals some folks like to feed it to their pigs or chickens.
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