Homemade Slow Cooker YogurtSubmitted by: LILSTARLET
1/2 gallon - Milk, Fat Free, Skim you can use higher fat milk if you prefer, just adjust the nutrition values)
1 cup - Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
1 tsp - Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup - Plain Yogurt (musthave with active live cultures. I used Fage - 0%)
2) Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.
3) When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.
4) Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation.
5) Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.
In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened---it's not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt.
6) Chill in a plastic container(s) in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days. Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.
7) to make a thicker (Greek Style) yogrt, place a coffee fliter in a collander, place over a bowl, and pour yogurt into collander. Place in fridge for about 6-8 hours. This will seperate some ofthe whe (watelike liquid), and make thicker, creamier yogurt.
If yo'd like, blend in batches with your favorite fruit. I did mango, strawberry, and blueberry. When you blend in the fruit, bubbles will form and might bother you. They aren't a big deal, and will settle eventually.
1 Serving = 1/2 cup
Makes 12 servings
Number of Servings: 12
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LILSTARLET.
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I love yogurt. Plain yogurt. I have to admit I did not love this though. It had an odd taste and it sits in my fridge waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. A smoothie is probably the route I'll take. I don't know if it was the sugar or the dry milk, but not what I'm used to. Sorry.
Hubby doesn't care for any yogurt, but my teen/tween girls and I love it. We add fruit/sweetener individually, or use it plain in place of sour cream. I save the whey in a jar and keep it in the fridge for making smoothies or pancakes. I like Chobani for my starter. - 3/11/12