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This recipe makes inexpensive and easy yogurt (regular or Greek) in your crockpot at home. Basically; you heat the milk to 180 degrees, cool it to 110, add a bit of plain live culture yogurt to the mix and keep it warm for a few hours to grow, cool it, strain it and eat it!
The breakdown: All it takes is milk and one small container of plain yogurt with LIVE cultures and a thermometer that registers from 90 degrees to at least 180 degrees F. I bought an instant read one in my hardware store for $8. You can really make this on the stove as well but I loved the idea of just leaving it in the crockpot.
I have been playing with this for a month now and I am very happy with the results.
I started out with a quart of whole milk but have also tried part skim and heard that even skim works.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings for a qt.
The alternative way to make yogurt without a crockpot would be to heat the milk on a steel or enamel pot on the stove (in a double boiler so you dont scald the milk) which is fine too.
The science behind this is that active cultures are like yeast. They multiply in the right warmth environment. Too hot and you kill the active cultures, just like yeast! Too cold and they don't grow.
Some folks (me) save the liquid that comes from the yogurt (called Whey) for soups or to make Ricotta cheese but that's another recipe!
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I make my yogurt in the crock pot and heat on low, but it is so hot. I turn it off after that. I let it set, but it is still watery. Should I turn it off?
By jess from Malaysia
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I also use the recipe from this website to make yogurt. It is absolutely delicious! Read the comments section, it's long but has a lot of good ideas. Mine has come out a little watery sometimes, so I'm thinking about using a little of the gelatin they suggest. Also, I put a cookie tray on the rack in my oven & lay 2 large towels on it crosswise(like the letter " t ", put just the crock(not the holder) on the towels & wrap it up real good.I let it sit all night in the oven & it turns out great in the AM.
Read the archive section that is showing up under your question, it has some great tips!
The best advice I got for making a thicker yogurt was from someone here on ThriftyFun. Add 2-4 cups of dry milk to the recipe, depending how thick you like it. I am not sure when she adds it but I add it when I put in the cup of starter yogurt. I take out 2 cups of warm milk from the crockpot and add the dry milk. Stir it very well, add the starter yogurt, stir and add back to the pot. This is for making a gallon in a 6 qt. pot.
I am now on my 4th batch of delicious yogurt! I don't use any gelatin or powders. I use a large crock (gal size) that's all I have and so I pour a half gallon of combination 2% milk with nonfat milk and I have also poured 2 cups half and half and the other 6 cups non fat milk.
I cook on low 2 hours and 45 minutes. I unplug so I don't forget to turn off and cool 3 hours with lid on. I have room temp the 1/2 cup yogurt from the batch before and ladle some of the warm milk to break it up. I pour that mixture in a bowl and whisk so its smooth, creamy and well blended and pour all that back into the crock. I even use a spatula to make sure I get every drop from the bowl.
I mix everything again with the whisk to ensure all again is very well blended but I am not creating a froth. I even get the line that forms around the crock from the milk cooking and cooling rubbed off with the whisk as I am mixing for about 45 seconds. I blanket my crock with 2 fleeced hooded jackets.
Example: my last batch I was done mixing at 4pm and so all was incubating from 4pm to next day 9am. I know that sounds so long but sitting longer I noticed less whey and better super white creamy sweet texture. Then I poured into my prepared colander and cheese cloth process to get more whey out for about 2-3 hours maybe less.
I also drain the whey every half hour during the draining period. Once I got the thicker creamy consistency of Greek yogurt I right away started spooning into containers or glass jars if you prefer.
That's it! I am 55 and since I have been eating plain yogurt this past 6 months 2 cups a day, my IBS has gone away, my hot flashes are better. I feel good all the time and I eat less and am slimming down in the process. You are eating a dish of "health". Enjoy!
Hello this is Hawaii. I forgot to mention that I drain the yogurt in the refrigerator, until I get the Greek yogurt consistency.