I shared my experience with you the very first time I made my own crockpot yogurt in this frugal experiments post over a year ago. Since then, I’ve figured out a few tricks and changed my methods so I now have a recipe to share with you!
Because it was a frugal experiment, I didn’t include my own recipe (I didn’t have one of my own just yet!). Instead, I linked to the recipe I used, which has now been taken offline.
So I figured it was about time I dedicated an entire post to my current crockpot yogurt recipe, as opposed to what I have been doing for the last few monrhs… which is just directing people to my recipe in the comments (serious blogger shame moment, right there!)
Here’s how to make your own!
Crockpot Yogurt Recipe
- ½ gallon whole milk
- ⅛ cup to ¼ cup sugar (optional: omit or substitute honey)
- Plain yogurt, single serve container (to use as yogurt starter)
- 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
- Turn crockpot on low and pour in milk. Cover with lid and let cook for two hours.
- After the time is up, turn crockpot off and unplug. Leave lid on and let cool for two hours.
- Pour yogurt starter into a small bowl. Stir in vanilla extract, sweetener of choice (optional). Ladle ½ cup of the warm milk into the bowl. Stir gently until just combined.
- Pour into crockpot and combine using a gentle back and forth motion with a spoon or spatula (almost as if you're cutting from side to side) to incorporate yogurt into the milk. Replace lid. Leave crockpot off and wrap with a towel (I use two towels to make sure it's well insulated). Let sit overnight, for 12 to 18 hours.
- Line a colander with coffee filters and place colander over large bowl to catch the whey that will drain from the yogurt. Pour yogurt into colander, and transfer colander and bowl to fridge for six hours. The yogurt will thicken as the whey drains.
If you’d like to, save the whey for other purposes, like adding into homemade smoothie packs!
This recipe makes four to six cups of yogurt, depending on the desired thickness of the yogurt and the amount of whey you allow to drain from the yogurt.
Tips from readers:
I grabbed these tips from the comment section of the original Crockpot Yogurt Frugal Experiments post, so I haven’t personally tried them, but they seem like great ideas for a thicker yogurt.
- Add a pack of unflavored gelatin for a much thicker consistency
- Add ½ cup of dried milk to the starter mix for a thicker yogurt
Tips from me:
- Save ½ cup of prepared yogurt to use as the starter in your next batch.
- If you’d like to use the yogurt for other uses such as a base for a dressing, dip or a marinade, leave out the sweeteners and vanilla. This allows you to get double the use out of your batch of yogurt! However, you will have to sweeten to taste when serving.
- If the yogurt doesn’t thicken enough, allow it to drain longer. The more whey that is removed from the yogurt, the thicker the consistency will be.
Answers to some common questions:
- If you can’t find plain yogurt, you can use vanilla.
- You can use milk with a lower fat content, however, your yogurt may not be as thick.
- You can use this recipe to make Greek style yogurt. You’ll need to use a cheesecloth instead of coffee filters when draining, and you’ll have to let it drain longer, probably overnight, which turns this into a 2-day-ish process (hence why I don’t take that route very often!)
If you have made your own crockpot yogurt, please share your tips and tricks in the comments below!