After reading about making yogurt at home for a long time I became very intrigued because we go through a lot of yogurt around here! My cute son tries to wake up before me everyday to eat yogurt. I searched online and saw a bunch of different methods and recipes and I’ve decided to share with you what has worked the best for me. I get a delicious thick consistency and you can even make your own Greek style yogurt!
What you need: 1/2 gallon of pasteurized milk (any fat content); 1-1/3 C powdered milk (not fake milk like Morning Moo – real powdered milk like this one); yogurt (make sure it says “live and active cultures” – you only need to purchase this the first time you buy your yogurt, after that you can use your own homemade yogurt!); a 4-5 Quart slow cooker.
Advice: Start this process when you first wake up or at about 4-6pm. This process is very, very easy and very, very time consuming.
Also – NEVER stir your yogurt, only scoop or fold, or it will break down and become thin.
- Combine the powdered milk into the milk, mixing well (I use my stick blender). The powdered milk adds milk solids to your yogurt giving it a thicker consistency than most homemade yogurt. I HIGHLY recommend it. Plus, it’s a great way to use your food storage!
- Pour the milk into a 4-5 quart crock-pot, cover and turn on low heat.
- Leave it alone for 2.5 hours.
- Unplug your crock-pot.
- Leave it alone for 3 hours.
- Uncover the milk and skim off any skin. Scoop 2 C of warm milk into a bowl and whisk with 1/2 C yogurt. For my starter I used Greek Gods traditional plain Greek style yogurt.
- Pour the milk/yogurt back into the other milk and cover your slow cooker.
- Wrap the entire slow cooker in a fluffy towel and let it sit on your counter for 8 hours.
- Unwrap. Scoop yogurt into clean containers and refrigerate.
That’s it. If you follow the measurements exactly and use the proper size slow cooker this method should work for you. If you change amounts or use a smaller or larger crock-pot your heat will vary and it may not work. I cannot believe how easy and INEXPENSIVE this is. I will never buy store bought yogurt again. To flavor it – just stir in some fresh or frozen fruit. If you don’t lie plain yogurt you can use a little bit of your favorite sweetener. Delicious!!
Do you want Greek style yogurt?
I love Greek style yogurt. I use it in place of sour cream, mayo, mix it into homemade ranch… To turn your yogurt into Greek style yogurt, simply put a cotton dish towel (smooth, not terry cloth style) over a colander over a bowl. Scoop yogurt into the cloth, fold the sides of the cloth over the top and weight with a zip top bag of water. Let it sit over the bowl for 4 hours. Voila, Greek style yogurt! ! If you leave it sitting for 8 hours you get yogurt cheese – which is very similar to and can be used as a substitute for cream cheese.
Many of the methods I ended up using came from this blog post.