Making crock-pot yogurt is about one of the easiest things you can make in the crock-pot. I know it seems crazy, but it’s true!
It took me a couple of years to become brave enough to make yogurt. I had heard it was so easy, yet, thinking about leaving the yogurt overnight to culture just seemed strange. I was afraid to give my kids the yogurt the first time I made it. Now my kids are growing up thinking it’s totally normal.
The part of our grocery bill that can be slashed the most is yogurt. I have bought the individual-sized yogurts for years and that racks up the grocery bill. Making yogurt in half gallon batches is a total money saver because it basically costs you the price of a half gallon of milk and maybe a small yogurt container (if you need a start)! So in our area for about $1.25-1.50 you could have a half gallon of yogurt, and if you prefer organic, it’s about $3 for the half gallon. You can not beat that price for that quantity!!
Those who know me, know that I LOVE using my slow cooker. I was sooo excited when I heard you can make yogurt in the crock-pot from A Year of Slow Cooking. My recipe is just a little different, adding an optional way to thicken the yogurt and using the oven.
The Verdict: The first time we made this, we were so amazed that the yogurt actually worked! Update 6/14/13 We have been making this almost weekly for well over a year, and the longer you leave the yogurt in the oven, the more it seems to thicken. I bought a 4.5 quart crock-pot that ran on the low end, so food didn’t warm up as fast. We would leave our yogurt in the oven up to fifteen hours to finally achieve the desired thickness. Experiment! It’s really fun!
To top we’ve used honey, jams, granola, fruit, walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin butter (but not all at the same time)! Update 5/20/12 We always keep this on hand. I like to start it around 3pm so I have enough time for the few quick steps. It’s really so easy; there’s almost no reason not to give it a shot at least once!
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