This is the all-time easiest way I know to make yogurt at home. You can spend a total of 30-45 minutes of time and have fresh, delicious yogurt for much less than you would pay in the store. All you need is a crock-pot, some milk, and some plain yogurt with live, active cultures* in it.
- 1 quart to ½ gallon of milk (for best results AVOID “ultra-pasteurized” – usually you want to buy the store brand and it’s the best price so you win all the way around)
- One 4-8 ounce container of plain yogurt with live, active cultures* (for best results – get yogurt made only from milk & live, active cultures* - and no other additives)
- Pour the milk into your crock-pot
- Set it on HIGH and leave it for 2 hours
- Turn crock-pot off
- After 3 hours pour a cup or two of warm milk into a bowl
- Mix in the yogurt and stir well
- Pour the yogurt mix back into your crock-pot & stir well
- Wrap the crock pot with a heavy towel or blanket
- Leave for 8 hours
- Pour yogurt into containers and put into the refrigerator
You can add a teaspoon at a time to regulate sweetness. Make sure the yogurt tastes good. You’ll find you don’t add as much sweetener as the manufacturer does.
- Maple syrup
- Jellies & jams
- Fresh fruit
- Canned pie fillings (look for ones without corn syrup)
- Frozen fruit
- Chocolate chips
- Crumbled up cookies (try ½ a cookie first)
If you want to make a drinkable yogurt you can experiment with adding more or less yogurt to the heated milk – this will affect how thick the yogurt gets. Before serving add some juice or fruit nectars (unsweetened if you can find them).
*Brands that have “LIVE, ACTIVE CULTURES”
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