Yogurt sounds a little intimidating to make when you're starting out, but with a crockpot, this is so simple!
I've tried a few recipes and had great success with this one. We like our yogurt with a thick, creamy consistency and this recipe makes perfectly thick and creamy yogurt.
For plain yogurt, all you need is:
Milk (we use whole)
Fresh, good quality yogurt (store bought or homemade)
Amounts for 2 quarts:
1/2 gallon milk
1/2 cup yogurt
Amounts for 4 quarts:
1 gallon milk
1 cup yogurt
Turn crockpot on low.
Wait 2 1/2 hours. (Set a timer!)
When the timer beeps, unplug the crockpot.
Set the timer for 3 hours.
When the timer beeps the second time, stir in yogurt.
Replace the lid and wrap a towel around the whole crockpot to keep warm.
Let sit for 8-12 hours.
That's it! Add your flavors next, and refrigerate to chill.
Flavoring yogurt (directions per quart):
Banana- blend 1 ripe banana in a food processor or blender. Add banana and 1 Tbsp. sweetener (honey, maple syrup, sugar). Stir gently to maintain consistency.
Berry- any berry will work, or you can try mixed berry. Chop 1/2 cup berries in a food processor. Add 1 Tbsp. sweetener. Stir gently to maintain consistency.
Maple Syrup- Add 2 Tbsp. maple syrup. Stir gently to maintain consistency.
Vanilla- Add 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1 Tbsp. sweetener. Stir gently to maintain consistency.
Dessert yogurt- Use any flavor above and add sliced bananas, chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts are my faves), and some chocolate chips. It's a great "treat" with tons of nutrition.
This post is part of Fight Back Fridays.