Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Homemade Yogurt in a Slow Cooker

The other day, I made homemade yogurt in my slow cooker, using A Year of Slow Cooking's instructions.  No need to repeat those directions for you - they were perfect, as was the result.

I used whole milk (I'd originally gotten some organic, but they 'ultra pasteurize' it and that doesn't work at all for making yogurt...is there non ultra-pasteurized organic milk available commercially??) and Stonyfield Farm Whole Milk Plain Yogurt as my starter.

Getting the crock pot good and well wrapped with towels seems to be the key to this working - I went to go peek at the result in the morning, more than half sure I'd have a big crock full of milk, and squeaked with delight to see thick creaminess instead.

As is, it was rich, tart, and creamy, but I like my yogurt 'Greek' style, so after letting it chill awhile, I strained it and the result is incredibly smooth and thick - with honey drizzled over the top, this is an insanely tasty snack.

I left a half cup unthickened to use as my next starter, and wound up with two mason jars full of whey.

Shared with Mouthwatering Monday, Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays, Monday Mania, Made By You Monday, Homemaker Monday, Made With Love Monday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Tuesday Night Supper Club, Made From Scratch TuesdayTuesday's Tasty Tidbits, Your Recipe, My Kitchen, Tasty Tuesdays, Hearth & Soul Blog Hop, Traditional Tuesdays, You're So Very Creative, Anything Related.


  1. I am TOTALLY going to make this in the next week or so... I've been craving yogurt! Thanks for sharing in the Blog Carnival!

  2. My boys are huge yogurt fans so we will definitely be trying this one!

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  3. I can't wait to try this. I love yogurt so much! I have some Greek style yogurt in my refrigerator calling my name right now. I want to try my hand at it.

  4. i love homemade yogurt too...i haven't tried making it in the crock pot though..great idea! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

  5. I've never tried making it in the crockpot, but I'm insprired to try now! Thanks for linking up with Made from Scratch Tuesday! Hope to see you back this week!

  6. I have made crockpot yogurt for a couple years successfully and the last two batches are a bit gritty. Any help with this would be appreciated.

  7. I've never experienced that! Hopefully someone else will have some suggestions - all I can think is to make very sure everything you're using is very clean so nothing unwanted is getting into it.