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Yellow Suitcase Studio: Homemade Yogurt In Your Crock Pot

Friday, October 7, 2011

Homemade Yogurt In Your Crock Pot

I have a new recipe to share with you! Did you know that you can make your own yogurt? Well you can and it's so easy and cost effective! Seriously friends. Two ingredients, about 10 minutes of actual work, and you get to use your crock pot!

Step one:
Pour a half gallon of whole milk into your crock pot and turn it on low.

Set a timer for 2 and a half hours.

Step two:
After the 2.5 hours, turn off and unplug your crock pot.

Set your timer for 3 hours and let it sit there.

Step 3:
After the 3 hours, scoop out about a cup of the milk.

Then whisk in a small container of plain yogurt with active live cultures.

{see notes below about choosing a yogurt}

Step 4:
Wrap the crock pot in a heavy bath towel or two. I put it in the oven so it's out of the way and there are no drafts. Let it incubate for 8-12 hours.

{Goodnight. Sleep tight yogurt!}

After the 8-12 hours, look you made yogurt!

{Gooood morning yogurt!}

Step 5 (optional):
Strain the yogurt. This makes a thicker Greek style yogurt. I used cheesecloth, a strainer and a bowl that the strainer fits in. You can also use a tea towel in place of the cheesecloth.

Ladle your yogurt into the strainer and refrigerate. Check it every so often, until it is a thickness you like. If it got too thick, mix some of the liquid back in. The liquid in the bowl is whey. You can save it if you'd like and use it for other things.

Then you can divvy up your yogurt into individual containers or a big one. I love these little Libbey brand bowls with lids that I found at Target.

Now this isn't the sweetened stuff from the store that has as much sugar as a can of soda. Here's ideas for things you can add: honey, granola, jam, fresh fruit, nuts

{I enjoyed mine with some blueberry jam}

Here's the recipe without all the pictures and some notes:
(I've looked at this recipe so many times online from different places, so I don't know who to attribute it to)

Crock Pot Yogurt


1/2 gallon of whole milk (do not use ultra pasteurized)
1/2 cup or small container of plain yogurt with active live cultures (Check the ingredients. Also try to get something that doesn't have thickeners like pectin. I sometimes have a hard time finding a small container at my grocery stores. It can be any style, I used Greek because that's what I could find at my store. If you make it regularly you can use your homemade yogurt, but after a couple batches you need to get some fresh stuff.)


Pour the half gallon of whole milk into the crock pot and turn on low for 2.5 hours.

After 2.5 hours, turn off and unplug the crock pot. Let it sit for 3 hours

After the 3 hours, scoop out about a cup of the warm milk. Whisk in the yogurt. Then, pour mixture into the crock pot and stir to combine.

Cover with a thick towel and let incubate for 8-12 hours. 

After 8-12 hours it will be thickened. Divide up into containers and refrigerate.

To make a thicker Greek style yogurt: Place a strainer into a bowl. Line the strainer with cheese cloth or a tea towel. Scoop the yogurt into the strainer and refrigerate checking about every hour until it is a thickness you like.

If you start the process late in the afternoon you can add the yogurt as your starter before you go to bed and then you'll wake up to fresh yogurt!


Ha! Here's a blooper...

That's what happens when you're holding a spoonful of jam in your non-dominant hand and your heavy camera and lens  in the other (which really needs two hands) looking through the viewfinder not really seeing what you're doing. I thought maybe if I just wiped it up quick you wouldn't see. It's still there!

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At October 7, 2011 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found you via tastespotting. We'll give this a try! Thanks for posting it.


At October 8, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Yellow Suitcase Studio said...


Thanks for checking it out! I hope your yogurt turns out well :) Let me know if you have any questions.

At October 8, 2011 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Julia said...

Amaaaaaazing tutorial! I love my crockpot so I need to try yogurt in there! Im also loving that you have a red crockpot. That's my favorite color, so I'm kinda jealous ;)

At October 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Yellow Suitcase Studio said...


Thanks Julia! If you like red you should see the rest of my kitchen... :)

At April 28, 2017 at 10:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I use a flavored yogurt to as starter?

At June 2, 2017 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Kristen Assell said...

Tried this, followed instructions exactly. But never set. Been strained for 4 hours. Ugh. So disappointed! Thinking if didn't boil maybe.


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