My family enjoys eating yogurt. I like that they want to eat it, but buying high quality, organic yogurt can be costly. How about a simple, easy yogurt recipe you can make in your crock pot? You betcha!
- 8 cups of raw or whole milk
- 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup organic, live cultured yogurt (or 1/2 cup saved yogurt from a previous batch)
- 2 tsp pectin (optional)
- Set your crockpot to low and heat the milk and sugar to 110 for 2 1/2 hours, covered. Make sure the temp does not rise above 110!
- Cut your crockpot off and let sit for 3 hours.
- Scoop out 2 cups of the milk and whisk the 1/2 cup yogurt into the 2 cups of milk. (Also add the pectin at this point if you are going to use it)
- Pour back into the milk and stir all together.
- Now pour milk mixture into large mason jars and put in an insulated bag and/or wrap in towels to keep the heat inside.
- The next morning or after 8 hours, whisk the yogurt within the jars. *Whey will have risen to the top.
- Refrigerate for 12-24 hours or if you just can't wait, dig right in.
- The yogurt will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
For a thicker, more Greek-like yogurt, strain through a cheesecloth after allowing it to sit overnight. Save the whey to use in other cooking recipes for added protein benefits.