4 cups of Milk~ for thicker yogurt use whole milk
1/2 cup dry (powdered milk but I used 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup plain yogurt with live yogurt cultures as a starter. I used Greek Yogurt
Step One~ Place milk in pot and heat up till milk is almost boiling which is 180 degrees. You don't neccesarily need a thermometer for this part but I like to be sure. When bubbles start to arise in the middle of the pot then it's at the right temperature. Cover.
Step Two~ Let sit for approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Here's where using a thermometer is handy. Your milk should be at 110 degrees.
Step Three~ Remove 2 cups of the yogurt and put in seperate bowl.. Whisk in 1/2 cup powdered milk and 1/4 cup yogurt. Whisk well. Place back in crock pot and whisk again. Cover crockpot with a towel or a blanket to hold in heat and let sit for 8 hours. There are two things needed for success in making homemade yogurt. First~ It's important to keep your pot in a draft free place. On my second batch we left the kitchen door open and my yogurt was a failure. The BEST place to keep your yogurt is wrapped up in towels and place it in your oven after you have removed the racks so it can fit. The second thing is temperature. 180 degrees for the milk in the first step and 110 for adding ingredients.
After 8 hours you should have yogurt. You can put the yogurt in jars or tupperware and refrigerate. If there is any seperation of yogurt and whey you can take off the whey and throw it away or use it in bread recipes in place of water. Whey will stay good in the refrigerator in a glass jar for a few months.
This is unsweetened yogurt so I've added
a bit lot of honey.
And some chopped pecans. I like texture! I should have added fruit~ next time!
Save 1/4 cup of your culture for your next batch. You can even freeze the yogurt since the good bacteria is not killed by the cold temperatures.
The one struggle I had to get over about eating homemade yogurt was that I knew exactly how long a milk product sat unrefrigerated. 11 hours! I'm paranoid about food going bad coupled with food poisoning so it was a big hurdle for me honestly. I've been eating this yogurt for 2 days now and I can't wait to try it with fruit smoothies.
This post was first published as Walkaway Crockpot yogurt. After a failed attempt I edited that so it's nearly foolproof.
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