I am always amazed at how quickly we go through yogurt in this house. I’m talking copious amounts!
Little One eats plain Greek yogurt with honey. Hubby likes yogurt with fruit in it. I like my Activia. Our boarder is not fussy and is happy to eat whatever yogurt we have on hand. I figured that we consume so much yogurt, I needed to make it in bulk.
A few months ago, Little One’s classmate’s mom told me that she makes her family’s yogurt in her crock pot. Yes! Crock pot yogurt! She’s even got it down to a complete science — perfectly timed so that when she wakes up in the morning, the yogurt is good to go!
Unlike store-bought yogurt, the only ingredients in here are milk and starter yogurt. There’s no pectin or any other thickener. The first thing I noticed was that homemade yogurt doesn’t have that firmness that store-bought yogurt does. I did notice a lot of whey, but it was easy to drain the liquid off. I like the consistency and taste of homemade crock pot yogurt.
Thanks, Barbara P., for sharing this recipe with me and for letting me share it with my readers.
- 2 bags of 3% milk (If you’re Canadian, you’ll know what 2 bags of milk means. If you’re not Canadian, then 2 L of milk) ** I’ve seen other recipes call for 1/2 gallon of whole milk.
- 1/2 container of Plain Balkan 6% yogurt (red container)
- 1 cup sugar (optional)
- Pour 2 bags of 3% in a crock pot and set it to low. Cook for 3hrs.
- Turn off crock pot off after 3hrs. Take lid off and skim the top.
- Take out 1-1 1/2 c, mix 1/2 container of Balkan style 6% yogurt (red container) and 1 cup sugar.
- Wisk it, then add back to crockpot. Put lid back on and leave for 10-12 hrs. Put a blanket over it.
I have made this yogurt for my family and they are big fans! This yogurt is perfect eaten on its own, on top of granola or topped with fruit. We also enjoy the homemade crock pot yogurt in smoothies as well!
As mentioned earlier, the homemade yogurt is not as thick as the store-bought ones, but if you skim off the whey and let the yogurt settle, it does thicken up. It doesn’t thicken up to the consistency you are probably accustomed to, but it’s still delicious!
Oh, make sure to reserve a cup and a half of your homemade yogurt so you can use as a starter for your next batch!