Saturday, September 10

homemade yogurt

We have now added a 4th yogurt eater in our home and I started doing the math.....realizing I could easily spend $12-15 a WEEK just on yogurt. To the rescue: my friend Joy who recently started this yummy food blog. Come to find out can make yogurt in a crockpot!
super simple.
super yummy.
super healthy.
super cheap.
do I need more reasons?
Homemade Yogurt
4 cups nonfat milk (you can use whatever milk you want for a higher-fat-content yogurt. Purportedly, this even works with soy and other non-dairy milks.)
1/4 cup dry nonfat milk solids (optional)
1/4 cup plain yogurt (with active cultures - to start, this basically just means some kind of recently purchased store yogurt; it should say on the side whether it has active cultures or not. Once you've made yogurt at home, you can just use that.)

Slow-cooker Method:
1. Mix the dry milk (if using) with 1/4 cup of the liquid milk in a small bowl, making sure there are no lumps. Pour into 3.5-4 qt. slow cooker and whisk in remaining milk.
2. Turn slow cooker to high for 1.5 hours.
3. Turn slow cooker off for 2 hours, or until milk is lukewarm.
4. Remove 1/4 c. milk and mix with yogurt. Stir the mixture back into slow-cooker. Replace lid, and cover with an opaque dish towel (if your lid is transparent).
5. Wait 6-8 hrs. or until thickened and then put your quart of yogurt in a container in the fridge (don't eat until it's been refrigerated at least 4 hrs).
I did not use the dry milk, so that may make it a tad thicker. I have found that is thicker if you use whole milk, more runny the less the fat content in the milk. You can also put it through a strainer to make super yummy Greek yogurt! However, it does not make much quantity once you do that!  It definitely is not sweet, but it's super good and if needed, a tsp. of honey or jelly or some mixed-in fruit would probably do the trick! It certainly could not be easier (or cheaper!) to make.
I'm a convert. =)


Keara said...

we're HUGE yogurt fans, so i tried your recipe. :) thanks for posting it!! i read that the difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt is just straining after i made this recipe, i added a little bit of honey and then put all the yogurt in a coffee filter which i had placed in a sieve over a bowl and let it strain all day in the fridge...just got home and tasted it. it's super thick and creamy - AWESOMENESS IN A BOWL :)

kellyH said...

oh thanks, my friend, I will have to try that! Glad you loved it as much as we did. I coated it on waffles for breakfast this morning, yum-o!

Katie Barker said...

Wow - I didn't know it was so simple! Thanks for the info. I'll have to try it, although it scares me a little! hahah. But Tim does like greek yogurt so maybe he'll like it!

Rob H said...

I might try this today. Did you use dry milk?


pgh moms said...

no, I didn't have any. that might help thicken it, I'm not sure. It is about a 10 hour process from start to finish, even though you barely lift a finger during that time. :)

Rob H said...

Okay, thanks!