I honestly never thought I’d try this. I’m a little bit squirmish about warm milk, actually…I’m *really* squirmish about warm milk. I have an aversion to the smell, and I honestly didn’t know if I could stomach a yogurt making process.
But…I found this Crockpot Greek Yogurt recipe over at Save Money, Live Joyfully, and I decided to try it! She really did a tremendous job helping me through the scary yogurt making process with easy to follow step by step directions!
A very simple recipe that tastes yummy and is made in a crock pot! Can it get any better???
I poured 1/2 gallon whole milk (This made 32 oz of yogurt) into my crocpot and cooked it on low for 2 1/2 hr.
After the 2 1/2 hr. was up, I unplugged the good ole’ crock and let the yucky warm milk sit in the crock, with the lid on, for another 3 hr.
After the 3 hr was up, I ladled out 2 cup of the stinky milk and whisked in 1/2 a cup of yogurt. Since I didn’t have any homemade yogurt preserved (since I’ve never made it before), I used an individual serving size cup of Chobani Greek yogurt. (As I continue to make yogurt, I’ll just use 1/2 cup of my own homemade yummy-ness!) After I had the Chobani incorporated with the milk, I dumped the mixture back into the crockpot.
I covered the trusty crock with a big ole bath towel and let it sit like that overnight.
In the morning, it was time to strain my new yogurt! I layered several paper towels in the bottom of my strainer, plopped the strainer in a bowl, and dumped in the newly made yogurt. Then, I covered the bowl/strainer/yogurt contraption with plastic wrap and refrigerated it for another day. I believe it would have been ready after a few hours, but I actually forgot about it! 🙂
After another day in the fridge, it was very thick…just like Greek yogurt should be!
I lifted the strainer off the bowl to find that it had drained nicely overnight…
I scraped the yogurt into a big bowl and added honey…
Y-U-M-M-Y!!!! I was skeptical, and hubby is very picky about his yogurt…but we both love this! It’s great to eat with fresh fruit, granola, or in our smoothies!
As for cost comparison…If I find milk on sale, I can make the yogurt for around $1.20 for 32 oz. I can also buy yogurt for that price with coupons (if not less); however, the homemade benefit sells me on this yogurt.
Let me know if you try it…I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it! 🙂