I have a crock pot that gets infrequent use, so I was ready to go. You only need two ingredients. It's hard to believe making yogurt could be so simple, but I was game to try it. I loved the ricotta cheese I made at home so much I was hopeful the yogurt would be as good.
Here's what I did.
Making Yogurt In A Crock Pot
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt with live cultures
Turn a 4 quart crock pot on to low and pour in the milk. Heat the milk on the low setting for 2 ½ hours.
After 3 hours, remove ½ cup of warmed milk and place in bowl. Add 1/2 cup of yogurt with live active cultures and mix well. Pour the mixture back in to the crock and whisk thoroughly. Place the cover back on the crock and wrap the entire crock pot with a blanket or a couple of thick towels.
I wrapped my crock pot is a couple of very large beach towels. Leave it overnight, about 8-12 hours.
The next morning I was anxious to see what I had.
The mixture had definitely thickened. You can see how creamy it was. I thought it was a bit more watery than I wanted so I tried straining it through cheesecloth set into a strainer.
Cost to make 4 quarts of plain yogurt:
1/2 gallon of milk $1.40 (I had purchased a gallon of whole milk for $2.39 at a wholesale club)
1/2 c. plain yogurt .25 (on sale at the grocery store)
Total $1.65 = $.026 per ounce vs. $.06 per ounce for plain yogurt in the grocery store
All in all, I think this was a successful experiment. This is an inexpensive way to make a healthy, tasty yogurt. I'm off to research dessert and main course recipes using plain yogurt now.
Have any of you made your own yogurt? Do you have any tips to share?
Other related posts:
How To Make Ricotta Cheese At Home
Sources: How To Make Yogurt Two Ways
You Can Make Yogurt In Your Crock pot