so this is essential because almost everyone i know remembers how good homemade yogurt is but they dont have a yogurt maker so they just buy greek yogurt which is the closest to homemade. but did you know you can make yogurt with your crockpot!! and here is how:
buy organic, no hormone injected milk (i prefer whole because all things whole are just better right?)
glass jars with lids
some already made yogurt which contains the pro-biotic cultures you need
1. put water into crockpot and start heating on warm. NOT LOW. NOT HIGH. low will heat to over 120 degrees and the pro-biotics die over 110 degrees. i have found that warm stays right at about 103 degrees which is exactly where you want it. i've also found that you do not need to use the lid as it tends to let the temp go too high. do your own research for your individual crockpot.
2. get your glass jars and fill them about an inch to the top with your milk and then dump all the milk into a pan on the stove because the first step in making yogurt is heating the milk to 180 degrees.
3. once the milk gets to 180 degrees poor all the milk back into the glass containers to start cooling. and you just leave them be until they are between 90 degrees and 100 degrees which can take maybe an hour to get down to. during this time keep checking the crock pot water temp.
4. once the milk is at that between 90 and 100 degree point you add the already made yogurt. it doesnt really take a lot. i do a few spoon fulls for each glass container. stir it all together and then put the lids on. give it a shake if you'd like. then before you put the glass containers into the crockpot you want to make sure the water is heated to the appropriate temp. if it is too high add some cold water. if too cold add some hot water. remember that it must stay between 100 to 110 to make you some yummy yogurt. so put the jars in the water with the water height up to the lids and then in like 8 to 14 hours it is done!! effortless. and then you put the jars into the fridge and once it is cooled you have yogurt. and also when you make the next batch just save some of the yogurt you just made and add that when its time to add the cultures.
you really wont believe how fun it is to make your own yogurt. its a zen kind of thing.
and once you make your yogurt you get to choose whatever ingredients you want to add. i love to add coffee that i didnt finish drinking, with some coconut sugar and mix it with the yogurt and freeze. that is a great treat! also for dessert sometimes i like to add coconut sugar, a lara bar and some flax and stir all up and yum healthy dessert! if you have a dehydrator it is great with nuts and dehydrated bananas.
okay. you can just run with that and watch how much money you save on yogurt and those wasteful landfill clogging plastic contains. yes!