Of all the things you've made in your Crock Pot, I'm guessing yogurt isn't on the list. I hadn't really heard of Crock Pot yogurt either until I heard the buzz on our discussion forums a couple years ago (check out our Crock Pot Forum). I tested it out myself, tweaked and experimented, and the instructions that worked best for me are as follows:
What You'll Need for Crock Pot Yogurt:
- 8 cups (1/2 gallon) milk
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt with live cultures (I used Fage greek yogurt)
- Insulation for Crock Pot (a thick bath towel works well)
Crock Pot Yogurt Instructions:
Pour milk into Crock Pot and turn on low setting. Cover and cook 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Unplug Crock Pot and, while still covered, allow to sit for 3 hours. Scoop out 2 cups of milk and place in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup yogurt and return to the Crock Pot. Stir to combine.
Put the lid back on the Crock Pot and wrap with towel to insulate. Allow to sit overnight, or 8 hours. Place in plastic containers and refrigerate. The yogurt lasts seven to ten days. If you find that the yogurt is too watery, strain it with a coffee filter. If you enjoy fruity yogurt, I find that mixing jam into the yogurt tastes great and similar to commercial yogurt.
The crock pot yogurt tip appears on page 191 of Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bill and Eat Well for Less.
This was inspired by and credited in the book to http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ (thanks, Stephanie!). Read more on our forums about making your own Crock Pot Yogurt. What other strange things have you made in YOUR Crock Pot?