Homemade Counter-top Yogurt
So easy-peasy! Unbelievably so! And cheap! And healthy! And did I mention easy? ;0)
You only need these 4 things:
- 4 quart crock pot
- 8 cups of milk (I used homo, but you can get away with 2%)
- 1/2 cup yogurt starter (could be any yogurt with LIVE BACTERIA, or 1/2 cup yogurt reserved from a previous batch – *UPDATE – I’ve been using Greek yogurt and I end up with a MUCH THICKER yogurt in the end!))
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (Added this because my kids don’t like it unless it is vanilla :D)
Measure out 8 cups of milk into your crock pot. Set it on low for 2 1/2 hours.
Unplug the crock pot and let sit, covered with the towel, for 3 hours. (*EDIT At this point add in the vanilla.)
Take out a cup or so of the warm milk. Stir in your yogurt starter, cover with lid, wrap towel(s) around the crock pot, and let sit for 8 hours. Unwrap and enjoy!
Presto, change-o – YOGURT! It is smooth, creamy, plain (sweet if you add vanilla!), and slightly tangy.
If you don’t like straight-up plain, add in some pureed or fresh fruit.
Or drizzle on some honey or maple syrup.
My favourite combo? Honey and toasted almonds.
Store in the fridge in a covered container. I plan on making some using the yogurt culture - you can buy them flavoured or just different styles of yogurt – but for now, this is gold!