Thanks to Traid Deals for passing along this thrifty tip on how to make Frugal Organic Yogurt in a crock pot. My Mom made homemade yogurt when I was little, but have never tired it as an adult. The recipe looks easy enough, have any of you done this before? If you would like to be a featured guest post on Look What I Made , watch for our weekly post each Tuesday called A Thrifty online craft fair, link up and you may be selected for our weekly feature post.
So, here’s the recipe:
Turn your crock pot to low and pour in 1/2 gallon of milk.
Heat on low for 2 hours and 30 minutes. (for 2 quart crock pot, add an extra 15 min. for bigger crockpot)
Once 2 hours and 30/45 minutes have elapsed turn your crock pot off and unplug it. Let the milk cool in the crock with the lid on for 3 hours.
After 3 hours remove 1-2 cups of the warmed milk and place in a bowl. To that add 1/2 cup of yogurt with live active cultures and mix very well.
Pour the yogurt-milk mixture back into the milk and whisk thoroughly.
Place the cover back on the crock and wrap the entire crock pot in a thick bath towel or two.
Let it culture overnight, 8-12 hours.
In the morning stir yogurt (if desired) and store in glass quart jars or a container of your choice.
For optimum texture, refrigerate for at least 8 hours before using
Total work time for you: about 5-10 min! the crock does the rest!
The first time you will need to but 1 cup of plain yogurt (I used the greek plain), after that, you simply take out 1 cup from the batch you made and set aside for the next batch.
after you set aside the cup for the next batch, you can add different flavors. I mixed mine with some vanilla extract, and some with frozon blueberries thawed.
the cheapest organic yogurt is about $3/quart (on the cheap side)
I used 1/2 gallon (2 quarts) organic whole milk $3
basically cuts the yogurt budget in half if not more! and tastes so yummy!