This is one of those recipes that I had to ask myself…why have I not been doing this forever?!? I am amazed at how easy it is to have a bunch of homemade yogurt to put in my fridge for a lot less money than buying it at the store. Also, I love knowing EXACTLY what’s in my yogurt.
My recipe for slow cooker homemade yogurt has been adapted from Money Saving Mom’s recipe here.
This step is NOT necessary, but….If you would like a thicker yogurt or Greek yogurt, here are some tips for straining your yogurt. If you do this, you can save the whey that is strained. Freeze in ice cube trays or containers. I have made this Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffin recipe using strained whey.
Interesting articles about uses for whey…
I used to strain all my yogurt, but found that the extra step was too much for me. Now, it works out great to make my yogurt into refrigerator oatmeal. The oats soak up some of that liquid and it makes for a great texture.
Here’s the recipe.
Super Easy Slow Cooker Homemade Yogurt
About 12 cups Whole Milk (I pour enough milk so that it is roughly 2 inches from the top of the slow cooker)
Note: more or less…I’ve used 8 cups with this same recipe before and it turned out the same)
1/2 cup Plain Yogurt
Note: This recipe is pretty forgiving, so this amount can be altered if needed. For the first batch, you will need to buy plain yogurt from the store as a starter. For future batches, just reserve 1/2 cup from your last batch of homemade to use as a starter for the next one.
2 Bath Towels
Step 1: Pour milk into slow cooker.
Step 2: Turn slow cooker on LOW for 2-1/2 HOURS.
Step 3: Turn slow cooker OFF, *UNPLUG SLOW COOKER*, and let sit for 5 HOURS.
Step 4: Mix in plain yogurt using a whisk.
Step 5: Wrap slow cook with 2 towels, each towel in a different direction. Let sit 12 – 18 HOURS. Make sure slow cooker is unplugged!
Step 6: Ladle yogurt into containers or make Refrigerator Oatmeal (see below).
Step 7: Refrigerate for 8 HOURS.
Maple Blueberry Refrigerator Oatmeal
1/4 C. Old Fashioned Oats
1-2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
1/2 C. Yogurt
1/2 C. Blueberries
Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a container in order listed. Stir gently to mix.
Step 2: Refrigerate 8 HOURS.