Sunday, January 6, 2013

Yogurt in the Slow Cooker

We love yogurt here.  We eat a lot of it!!  I'm on a mission lately to make a lot of what we eat from scratch.  I have been making our own yogurt for a while now with our yogurt maker.  Since we eat so much of it, I was always making it.  I got to thinking there must be an easier way to do this.  So after reading a lot of different recipes I came up with this one.  Best of all it is only 3 ingredients.

Yogurt in the Slow Cooker
8 cups WHOLE milk
1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
2 tablespoons plain gelatin (optional)
Place the milk into the slow cooker.  Turn it on low and cook for 2 1/2 hours.  (Add gelatin here if you wish) Turn the crock pot off and let the warm milk sit for 3 hours.  Take 1 cup of the warm milk and add the 1/2 cup of yogurt.  Mix well and pour into the crock pot of warm milk.  Replace the lid of the crock pot and cover the crock pot with towels.  Let this sit for 8 hours.  I usually time it so it just sits overnight.  I usually put the yogurt into quart size jars and store in the refrigerator.  I've also put them into my small jelly jars, those are the perfect serving size.
This yogurt is a lot thinner than store bought yogurt.  Mostly because making it yourself it is in a more natural state without a lot of "stuff" added to it.  If you want to make it thicker you can add gelatin to it.
If you want to add gelatin here is what you do...
Take 2 Tablespoons of plain gelatin and soften it by adding it to half a cup of cool water.  Transfer this to a double boiler heat until gelatin is dissolved.  Add a scoop of the warm milk and then pour into the slow cooker.  You add this before you let it sit for 3 hours.
We like to eat this in the morning as a smoothie or over our granola.

1 comment:

Farmlife Chick said...

Oh my! I will have to try this!!! About $10 of our grocery budget is spent on that in a week! What a money saver! Bonus: it's in a crock pot!