Thursday, June 04, 2009

Crock Pot Yogurt

Thanks to Candy at Keeping The Christian Home for this wonderful recipe!

Crock Pot Yogurt

8 cups Whole Milk (pasteurized is ok but not ultra-pasteurized)
1/2 c. plain store bought yogurt (to use as a starter)

Put the milk in your crock pot and set on low. Allow to cook on low for 2.5 hours. don't remove the lid during cooking. Turn the crock pot off and allow to sit for 3 hours (don't open it or stir the milk, just leave it alone for 3 hours). After the three hours has passed, remove the lid and stir in the yogurt with a wire whisk. Replace the lid and wrap the crock pot in a heavy bath towel. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning you will have yogurt.

If the yogurt is not as thick as you'd like, just line a fine mesh strainer or colander with a clean flour sack cloth or double cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Pour in your yogurt and set in the refrigerator for about an hour. The whey that drains into the bowl can be saved for use in cooking or soaking foods to be cooked such as beans or whole grains.

To flavor yogurt, drain it to desired consistency then add honey or other sweetener and pureed or chopped fruit.

Drain for several hours to obtain yogurt cheese (similar to cream cheese) to use in dips, spreads or on bread or toast.

6 comments:

darnold23 said...

I loved for you to join us in Crock Pot Wednesdays on diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. It's going to be fun and there are some awesome prizes for this inaugural event. Come check it out and sign up with Mister Linky.

Lorraine said...

Can I make yogurt using lactose free milk?

Michele said...

I have never tried to make it with lactose free milk, I'm sorry I can't offer any advice.

Debbie said...

Just checking in. Haven't heard from you in awhile. Hope all is well and that you will link up to Crock Pot Wednesday again soon.

Nathan said...

I know it's 3 years later but this sounds really good! I am gonna have to try it, my friends mother made something similar adding condensed milk, I will have to try, I like the looser homemade yoghurts like this :) I'm going to try to make it with some condensed milk and sugar hopefully it won't mess with the fermentation thanks :)

Michele said...

I have never tried this with any sugar but it would be worth a try. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out. It is a fabulous recipe and works great every time!