Thursday, October 30, 2008

Homemade Yogurt

I'm trying my hand at Homemade Yogurt. And I found a great easy recipe over at A Year of Crockpotting (love the site BTW). I use my crockpot 1/2 the week!!!!!!!

I started it sometime around lunch time and it is now on the rest phase for 3 hours. I am excited to see if it turns out right. I love yorgurt and as she does the math at the end of the post IT ADDS UP $$$!

Recipe from A Year of Crockpotting :
~ 8 cups (half-gallon) of whole milk
~1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (you need to have a starter. Once you have made your own, you can use that as a starter)
~frozen/fresh fruit for flavoring
~thick bath towel

~Plug in your crockpot and turn to low.
~Add an entire half gallon of milk.
~Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.
~Unplug your crockpot.
~Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.
~When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl.
~Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot.
~Stir to combine.
~Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation.
~Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.
~In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened---it's not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt.
~Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.
~Blend in batches with your favorite fruit.
~Chill in a plastic container(s) in the refrigerator.
~Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days.

I will update you on how it goes! :-)

Update 7:30 pm:
My yorgurt all wrapped up for the night!

Update 8:00 am next morning:
This morning I slowly pulled the towel off, took off the lid, squinted at it, took a spoon and stirred it, and SQUEALED with joy! IT WORKED! I had MADE YOGURT!!!! And it was SO EASY!

I'm so excited!

It tastes like homemade yogurt, no added sugars and such another words! I purred some frozen strawberries for this batch and added it to it and it tastes so NUMMY!

I pulled some out before I added the fruit for the starter for future batches.

And now Im eating my morning yogurt. NUM!


Rachel said...

Wow, Nichole -- I'd love to make my own yogurt...but we don't have crockpots here (crazy, I know).'ve inspired me to do a search for other yogurt-making-methods!

Rachael said...

I was going to do my Kitchen Tip on crockpot yogurt but you beat me to it! Glad to see it worked so well:)

Lynn said...

I love homemade yogurt. It is so good.

Mrs. Walker said...

Awesome!!! Can't wait to try it and to share this with my mom. She loves making homemade yogurt. I've been wanting to try it since my hubby and my Brandon LOVE yogurt. I'll let you know how it goes!!!