I really thought that yogurt in the crockpot would be the easiest method. Turns out it was a little more high maintanience than I wanted. I will be glad when I get my new dehydrator so I can make it in there! But for now, this works. 🙂
What you need:
- 1/2 gallon whole milk
- 1 c. whole yogurt
Pour the 1/2 gallon of milk into the crockpot. Turn it on low heat and leave it set for 2 1/2 hours. After that time is up, turn it off and leave it sit for 3 hours.
This is what you yogurt ingredients should look like. Once you make a batch you can use yogurt from that but to start it you will need to buy yogurt. And instead of just saying cultured milk it's good for it to actually list the probiotics that are in it.
Take 2 cups of milk out of the crockpot and carefully mix in 1 cup of yogurt. Don't get overexcited with the stirring.
Add it back into the crockpot. Cover it with a towel and let it sit for at least 8 hours. The first time I made this I left it overnight it got too cold. So the second time I started it early in the morning and monitored it throughout the day. I needs to stay around 110F to 115F so if it cools down too much just flip on the warmer and heat it up a bit to get it back to temperature.
After the 8 or so hours if should look something like this. The whey has risen to the top a bit and the creamy yogurt is underneath. Yummy.
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