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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Crockpot Yogurt

--8 cups (half-gallon) milk

--1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (you need to have a starter.)

--thick bath towel


Plug in your crockpot and turn to low. Add all 8 cups of milk. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.

Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.

When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.

Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation. I have an insulated carrying bag for my crockpot, so I use that. I do place a few dish towels on top of the lid before zipping up the bag.

Go to bed, or let it sit for 8-10 hours.

In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened---it's not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt.

Chill in a plastic container(s) in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days. Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.

Neal likes to add honey and blueberries to his yogurt. I add Truvia and grape nuts and sometimes mini-chocolate chips. The kids add honey or sucanat with honey and grape nuts and chocolate chips.

** I usually like to start my yogurt around 4 or 5 in the afternoon. That way I'm finishing up with my part around bedtime. **


Becky said...

Teresa, I never thought to use the crock pot! Do you think it would work with rice milk??

:) Becky

Teresa said...

I haven't tried it, Becky, but I think it would be worth trying. I used Lactaid once and it worked fine. I now use skim milk. It is thinner than regular yogurt, but I like the taste and texture!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

The last time I made yogurt--strawberry season, last year--I "cooked" it in the dehydrator. I'll have to try this. You've made me hungry.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

I just realized you haven't blogged in a LONG time. I hope everything is okay.