Monday, September 2, 2013

Homemade Crockpot Greek Yogurt!!

mmmmm greek yogurt is sooo yummy, but sooo expensive in the store, so why not bust out the crockpot and make some yourself.

  • 1/2 gallon of milk(whole, 2%, 1%, or skim will all work, just make sure that it's not ultrapasteurized)
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt with active cultures(I use Fage)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Pour milk into crockpot, place on cover and turn on high
  • Let milk heat up to 180 degrees(about 2 hours)
  • When milk reaches 180 degrees, unplug crockpot, remove cover and let cool to 110 degrees
  • When milk reaches 110 degrees, stir in the yogurt with cultures and make sure it's mixed in well
  • Return cover to crockpot and this is the fun part: swaddle your crockpot completely with a blanket(I put a two layer fleece blanket underneath and then wrapped it all up and tied a belt around to make sure it was nice and snug(the crockpot is still unplugged))
    • I have also heard that if your crockpot has a 'warm' setting that this works equally as well
  •  This is the part where you wait: Let your crockpot baby sit for 6-8 hours(I waited 6)
  • Yay! You have yogurt! Now time to make it greek!
  • To make greek yogurt, line a colander with a few layers of cheesecloth and place over a bowl. Place your yogurt in the colander and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours(we accidentally left it sit over night and it still turned out fine)
  • When it is done, you will have a thicker yogurt in the colander and a liquid which is called whey in the bowl. You dont have to throw the whey away as it is high in protein and can be added to smoothies and whatnot for some extra nutrition,
  • There you have it! Homemade greek yogurt! :)

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