Crockpot yogurt is super easy to make and delicious. Let the slow cooker do all the work and save money too.
Making yogurt at home is really easy and very frugal friendly… especially when you find milk on sale. You don’t need fancy equipment to make this easy crock pot yogurt recipe.
It is a bit time consuming but still very easy and requires practically no work for you. It is mainly just a waiting game, but definitely worth the wait. I think you will agree. I tis so tasty.
You will be shocked with how easy it is to make crock pot yogurt.
How do you make yogurt without a yoghurt maker?
You will need a crock pot and the entire process is very simple. With just a few ingredients, you can have amazing yogurt at home for a fraction of the price of store bought.
The main ingredient is milk and it gets cooked on low in the crockpot for a couple of hours. After that, it is really just a waiting game as you add the other ingredients and let it sit in the crockpot.
If you don’t have a crockpot, I highly recommend this one. It travels great and seals which is perfect for this crockpot yogurt recipe.
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- milk – whole or 2%
- yogurt -it has to have live cultures in it. Just check the label. It will not work unless you have the live cultures.
- unflavored gelatin
- bath towel
- crockpot – I used a 6 quart
How to make yogurt in the crock pot:
First, place all of the milk into the crockpot. Let this cook on low for a couple of hours.
Next, unplug your crockpot. This needs to sit for about 3 more hours with the cover on.
Just let it sit. You don’t need to do anything.
Finally, take 2 cups of the milk from the crock pot and place in a mixing bowl. Add the store bought yogurt making sure you are using a brand that has active cultures or it will not work. Whisk this together and pour back into the slow cooker.
Stir everything really good and add the gelatin.
Add the lid once again. Just remember to keep the crockpot turned off and unplugged. Get a heavy bath towel and wrap it all the way around the crockpot. This will act as insulation.
Now let it all sit for another 8 hours. It is time consuming but not much work. Just a lot of waiting. Make sure the towel stays around it.
Put in containers and add flavorings if you prefer. That is it. Now you have containers of homemade yogurt to enjoy!
We loved it. The only problem is that it is thinner than store bought yogurt, so I recommend the non-flavored gelatin. That will really help with the consistency and to thicken the yogurt.
You do need to flavor it because plain yogurt isn’t so tasty. We flavored it with blended fruit, or sugar, or honey, or vanilla. The kids loved trying different types.
It is very frugal friendly and makes a ton. Let me know if you try it out.
How can I make homemade yogurt thicker:
The gelatin will help thicken the yogurt. Homemade yogurt is not as thick as the store bought, so the gelatin will give it the store bought appearance.
How long does homemade yogurt last?
It will last about 14 days in the fridge. If you plan to make another batch, it is best to do so within 7 days from making it so that re-culturing will work when using this yogurt as a starter.
Anyone can make this slow cooker yogurt!
I told you this homemade yogurt recipe was super easy to make. Anyone can make crock pot yogurt.
I know most of you have a crock pot, so you can easily make crock pot yogurt on a day when you are hanging out all day.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort – just some time. That means anyone can do it!
Make it your own! You can use organic milk if you prefer.
I like to use yogurt in my smoothies. Here are two recipes:
Print this Crockpot Yogurt recipe:
How to Make Yogurt in the Crockpot
- 1/2 Gallon milk (or 8 cups – whole or 2%)
- 1/2 cup yogurt (It has to have live cultures in it. Just check the label. It will not work unless you have the live cultures.)
- 1 unflavored gelatin
- 1 bath towel
- a crockpot (I used a 6 quart)
- Place the entire ½ gallon of milk into the crockpot. Cook on low for 2 ½ hours.
- Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours. You don’t have to do anything. Just let it sit unplugged.
- When 3 hours have passed, take 2 cups of the warmish milk from the crockpot and put it in a bowl. Whisk in ½ cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine. (you can also add in the gelatin at this time)
- 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 with the towel around it.
- Let chill in the plastic containers and add flavorings. That is it!
- **The gelatin will help thicken the yogurt. Homemade yogurt is not as thick as the store bought, so the gelatin will give it the store bought appearance.
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Just wondering: does adding the gelatin do anything to prevent future batches of yogurt? I use an heirloom culture and I dont want to do anything to kill it off!
The gelatin can affect the starter culture, so I recommend saving some of the starter in case the gelatin interferes with re-culturing. Thanks.
Sorry, I haven’t tried that yet. Thanks.
No need at all for the gelatin. I have been doing this for years…when your yoghurt is done (the next morning for me as I let it sit overnight) simply strain the yogurt over a bowl with a cheese cloth or cloth napkin in the strainer. I put the whole thing in the fridge. In an hour or two you have lovely Greek yoghurt.
Thanks for sharing your tips!
It works really well. Is there any way to make a half batch? Do the cooking times change?
Yes, you can make half a batch. The cooking time would stay the same.
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