When I posted on Facebook last week that I made greek yogurt in the crockpot, I was flooded with requests to share the recipe! I’ve wanted to make yogurt for a long time but I was nervous at the thought of it. It was so incredibly easy to make, I wish I would have started doing this a long time ago! The yogurt turned out incredibly creamy and yummy.
I’m going to give instructions based on using a whole gallon of milk. If you want to make half this recipe, just use half the milk and yogurt, the rest of the instructions are the same.
To start you need 1 gallon of milk and a large size crockpot. Pour the milk into your crockpot, turn it on low and set your timer for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Walk away and stay busy while it warms up.
When the timer goes off, turn off the crockpot and set the timer for three hours. Your milk needs to cool down to the right temperature in order to add the yogurt starter.
After three hours, test the temperature of your yogurt with a candy thermometer. It needs to be around 110-115 degrees in order to add your starter. Once you have it at that temperature take out 1/2 cup of warm milk and put into a small bowl. Add 1 cup of plain yogurt to the warm milk and gently stir together. It needs to be yogurt that has a lot of live active cultures in it.
Put the yogurt mixture back into the crockpot and gently stir.
At this point you need to let the yogurt sit for 8-12 hours in a warm place to thicken. The best place to do this is in your oven. Cover the crockpot with a big towel (I used a small fleece blanket).
After 8-12 hours (it’s great to leave it overnight), pull it out and get all excited that you have yogurt!
But you are not done yet! The yogurt will be very runny still. In order to make Greek yogurt, you want to strain it for several hours.
Pull out a colander and a large bowl. Line the colander with paper towels or cheesecloth (I’ve used both and either work) and put your yogurt in. I have to use two colanders when I use a gallon of milk.
Let it sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours. When you pull it out there will be a lot of whey in the bowl, and thick creamy greek yogurt in the colander! Don’t get rid of your whey! Use it in place of buttermilk in pancakes, biscuits, etc. We made buttermilk pancakes with the whey and they were so yummy!
I ended up getting 2 quarts and 1 pint of yogurt, plus almost 1 quart of whey to use. Considering the fact that I pay $4.99 at Costco for a 32 ounce container of greek yogurt this is saving me a lot of money!