Organic Yogurt

If you thought that you counldn’t make your own homemade yogurt, in the crock pot, well…. you’re WRONG! This looks so easy to do, I’m definitely giving it a try. Thanks to Ginger M. for the recipe.
Here is how she does it:
You start by putting a half gallon of organic milk in a crock pot on low. Cook for 2 1/2 hours. Turn off and let sit (with lid on) for 3 hours.
After 3 hours, add 1/2 cup of live yogurt (this can be from a previous batch, or you can buy at the store–the container of yogurt will say “live cultures” somewhere on the label). Now mix it well, until completely incorporated. If you like your yogurt thicker, you can add 3/4 cup of the dry powdered non fat milk.
If you want it sweetened or flavored with extract (such as vanilla) you can add it at this point. If I’m making vanilla I will add 1/2 cup of sugar  or honey and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Just make sure to incorporate these things well too.
This is THE most important part of making yogurt… Wrap the crock pot (I use a thick bath towel that covers it completely and clothes pins – If you have a thermal travel bag for yours, that would work too) and let it sit overnight, at least 8 hours. In the morning you will have your very own homemade, organic crock pot yogurt. Any leftovers can be stored in airtight container and placed in fridge for a week to a week and a half. Also, if you wanted to make a lower calorie version you CAN use lower fat content milk to do so.

MY NOTES:
I’ve also been told that you can use rice milk and rice milk yogurt if there is someone in your family that has milk/ dairy allergies. I suppose soy milk and soy yogurt could be used too.

To have a thicker greek yogurt like consistency you can line a mesh sieve with cheesecloth and let the liquid drain out. I do this on occassion and it works well.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to use any add ins to flavor your yogurt such as fruit or granola, please make sure you do this right before serving…. NOT when you add the sweetener and vanilla.

Once you make a batch of homemade yogurt you can save 1/2 cup of it to always have your live culture to do the next batch.

This recipe shared at Tasty Traditions,  Pennywise Platter, Fridays Kid-Tested Recipes,  Fight Back Friday, MomTrends, Wholesome Whole FoodsGrocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap, Food On Fridays, Family Food Fridays, Tidy Mom and Simply Sweet Home’s Friday Favorites.

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