super easy crock pot yogurt

Continuing on my quest to learn one new thing every day, yesterday I made homemade yogurt for the first time. It was amazingly easy and absolutely the best tasting yogurt I have ever eaten! And compared to the price of store yogurt, there is no reason not to make this a staple in our house! Today I will have to whip up a fresh batch of granola to go with it!

Crock Pot Yogurt

8 cups whole milk
½ cup good variety of plain yogurt (I used plain Greek yogurt)
2 tsp. vanilla
½ cup honey (1/4 cup if less sweet preferred)

Pour milk into crock pot with heat on low. Cook for 2 ½ hours. Unplug from wall and leave alone on counter for 3 more hours. Stir in yogurt. Wrap entire crock pot in thick blanket and allow to set on counter, undisturbed, for 8 hours. Stir in vanilla and honey. Place into individual serving cups, cover, and store in fridge. (I used the cheap ziploc one to begin with to see if we are going to like this.  They are the perfect size for sending in Clay’s lunches!   You can also place fruit in bottom of cups before adding yogurt. For use as sour cream, omit vanilla and honey; add a dash of garlic powder for delicious sour cream topping for baked potatoes. For thicker yogurt, you can drain it using cheese cloth (some recipes suggest a coffee filter).

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  1. Nicole Thiessen says

    Can you use regular pasteurized milk from the grocery store? I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time but all the recipes I find call for raw milk? It looks delicious!

  2. says

    I just used the regular whole milk from my local store. I want to experiment with some other ways to thicken it a bit to use in place of sour cream. I am not too keen on using the gelatin so will probably try draining the next batch. The flavor cannot be beat, I’m telling you! Virginia, any other thoughts on thickening this recipe? What about using a bit more of the store bought yogurt in the original batch? Some of the reading I have been doing suggests that once the final 8 hurs have passed to refrigerate it for at least 12 more hours before adding flavorings to help with the thickening process. Might try that, too. Also want to try freezing this for a delicious summer treat! Right now the fresh strawberries area amazing in this recipe!

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