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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Homemade yogurt

My husband enjoys taking Yoplait yogurts with him to school, but I really don’t like the list of ingredients. And I prefer the taste of homemade yogurt--especially with a little bit of honey and some chocolate chips. Therefore, I’ve been looking for an easy way to make homemade yogurt. I was excited when I found the following slow cooker yogurt recipe adapted from the A Year of Slow Cooking blog:

4 cups of milk (I used skim)
1/4 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt to use as a starter for your first batch (Dannon is a good brand)
Powdered milk
frozen/fresh fruit or chocolate chips for flavoring
thick bath towel

This is an easy, but lengthy process. Be sure to set aside enough time to keep an eye on the yogurt.
Step 1: Plug in your crockpot, and turn to low. Add the 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.

Step 2: When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 1 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/4 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.

Step 3: Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation. Let it sit for 8 hours.

Step 4: After 8 hours, it will have thickened, but will be runnier than store-bought yogurt. You can add powdered milk to thicken it a bit. Set aside 1/4 cup of plain yogurt as a starter for your next batch.

Step 5: Mix yogurt with honey and chocolate chips or fruit. Pack into containers and refrigerate for up to a week.

Tomorrow, I’ll update this with photos and give my review of the recipe and process.

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