June 5, 2010

Homemade Yogurt

I've been on a Greek yogurt kick lately. I love it with a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of granola, and a sliced banana. It's the perfect breakfast before a hard workout. But it's a touch expensive. At 6 bucks for 32 ounces, it's not an every day food. I thought.

But...I knew there must be some way to make it at home. I grew up with the yellow yogurt maker with its individual cups (not nearly enough yogurt for my family). When we were in Taiwan, someone let us use a thermos contraption that sometimes worked, sometimes didn't. I've had minimal success with making yogurt on the stovetop. So when I looked online and found a recipe that used the crockpot, I figured, why not?

All I can say is delish! Perfect! I love that there's not stove watching or double boilers or even thermometers. It takes time, but not much work on my part. I just had to set the timer. I did let it drain for a couple of hours to thicken it up. The recipe (1/2 gallon of milk) filled a 32 oz yogurt container. I'm so tempted to get some raw milk from our dairy farming friends and try making full cream unhomoginized yogurt.


  1. I also love greek yogurt and now I'm now loving Icelandic yogurt. Have you tried Siggi's? Holy cow! Seriously Holy. Cow. Their little teeny-tiny container is almost $3.00. Yikes.

    When I'm not indulging in Siggi's I'm content eating our home made yogurt. We also strain it with a cheese cloth for the greek flavah.

  2. A friend of mine on Facebook shared the link to making yogurt in a crockpot. I haven't tried it yet, as I was afraid that it made a huge amount and I'm pretty much the only one that eats it. But if you say it ends up being 32 oz., I'm thinking I need to try it.

    About a month ago, I also learned at a RS activity about straining it like Damaris mentioned above and it tastes great. Coffee filters work perfectly if you don't have cheese cloth.

    I'm craving yogurt now.

  3. I've made yogurt in my electric fondue pot (yes, I'm a nerd) because it has good temperature control but I'm thinking that this way might be easier. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Debi Fronk posted a blog about making homemade yogurt using a cooler and water to control the temp. It sounded so time consuming, so I didn't try it. The crockpot sounds so much easier!!

  5. I have that exact yellow yogurt maker, circa 1962. I inherited it from my grandma and it's pretty sweet. I've done the crockpot method too and it works quite well.


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