I learned this crock pot recipe a little over a year ago, and have been making our yogurt every week since. It's so delicious and economical, and it's SO easy to make.
I make a gallon at a time. We're big yogurt-eaters, and go through that amount in about a week. Before I began making yogurt, we would buy a "large," $6 container of organic yogurt every two weeks or so, for a treat. We used up the large container in one sitting, and everyone was still asking if they could have more. I used to buy vanilla-flavored. Of course, any flavored yogurt contains sugar.
When I learned this recipe, I told my boys I was going to be making our yogurt, and that if they'd learn to adjust their taste buds to PLAIN yogurt, they would be able to eat it whenever they wanted. Any non-restricted snack is a big deal for my hearty-eaters, and so they were eager to give it a try. The first time they tried it, they definitely noticed the difference in taste from flavored to plain. Motivated by the prospect of unlimited yogurt, they continued to try it. It didn't take long at all for all of our taste buds to adjust. We love it, and enjoy it often. It does my mama-heart good to see my boys eating healthful, cultured food nearly every day.
- Pour desired amount of milk into crock pot. Use good-quality, WHOLE milk. I like locally-produced Havermeister milk.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours.
- Shut heat off and let sit covered for 3 hours.
- Take a cup of the heated milk and mix with 1/2 cup or so of your starter. (Begin with a whole, organic, plain variety. After that, you'll be able to use the end of your last batch for starter.)
- Pour the mixture back into the crock pot, and mix in thoroughly.
- Cover crock pot and place a couple of thick towels over it to hold the heat in.
- Let sit 12 hours
DONE! Seriously, that's it. Refrigerate and enjoy often. As I mentioned, I make a gallon at a time. A gallon of delicious, fresh yogurt costs us less than $6.