One of the ways I’ve found to stretch my dollars is to make my own yogurt in a crockpot. Yep. It really does work. It’s not quite as thick as what you buy at the store, but it’s still very yogurtey (is that even a word?) and the best part is that you know what’s in it and you can sweeten it however you see fit (ex: sugar, honey, agave nectar, fruit).
The nice thing about yogurt is that it is a very versatile food. Some of the many ways you can use yogurt are in homemade salad dressing, frozen fruit pops, smoothies, you can coat chicken with it before dipping in breadcrumbs to bake and of course, you can just eat it with some fruit added. I’m sure there are many other great ways to include yogurt in your everyday recipes. Let me know your faves.
To make the yogurt you will need a crockpot, 1/2 gallon of whole organic milk and 1/2 cup of plain natural yogurt (to use as a starter).
The process of yogurt making is really simple, but time consuming, so make sure to try this on a day when you will be home all day.
DIY Crockpot Yogurt
1. Pour 1/2 gallon whole organic milk into the crock put. Cover and heat on low for 2 1/2 hours.
2. Turn off or unplug your crockpot. Let it sit for 3 hours.
3. After three hours, take 2 cups of the hot milk and put in a bowl. Mix in 1/2 cup of plain natural yogurt in with a whisk. Then pour the mixture into the crockpot and stir. Replace crockpot lid.
4. Cover your crockpot with a heavy towel or blanket for insulation. Let it sit for 8 hours.
5. After 8 hours have passed, it’s time to see what you made. Pretty nifty, eh?
Separate into plastic containers and chill. This yogurt will keep for about 5-7 days. Be sure to save 1/2 cup to make your next batch. Enjoy!
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