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Crockpot Yogurt is super easy to make and delicious. Let the slow cooker do all the work and save money too.

Yogurt in a clear glass topped with slice strawberries and honey
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Making yogurt at home is really easy and very frugal friendly especially when you find milk on sale. You don’t need fancy equipment or yogurt maker to make this easy crock pot 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. See all of our favorite Crock Pot Recipes here. You may want to also try this Homemade Yogurt Dip Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

Making your own yogurt is very frugal friendly and makes a ton. Store-bought yogurt is good and a convenient way to enjoy your favorite yogurt recipe. But making it at home means you can prepare it how you prefer.

Making this organic yogurt is a family favorite recipe. The ingredients are simple and with these simple steps you will have fresh yogurt to enjoy for any meal.


picture of ingredients- milk, gelatin, yogurt, fruit.
  • 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

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Variations Ideas

  • Flavoring – You do need to flavor it because plain yogurt isn’t so tasty. We flavored it with blended fresh fruit, or sugar, or honey, or vanilla extract. The kids loved trying different types.
  • Milk – Make this yogurt with the milk of your choice. We had the best luck with whole milk or 2 % milk. But you can also use organic milk.

How to Make Yogurt in the Crock Pot

  • Step 1 – Place all of the milk into the crockpot. Let this cook on low for a couple of hours.
picture of milk being measured into crockpot.
  • Step 2 – 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.
  • Step 3 – 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.
picture of milk in crockpot
  • Step 4 – Stir everything really good and add the gelatin.
  • Step 5 – 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.
  • Step 6 – 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.
  • Step 7 – Put in containers and add flavorings if you prefer. That is all you need to do is make Greek style yogurt. Now you have containers of homemade yogurt to enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Yogurt Consistency – 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.
  • Follow Steps – We recommend to follow the steps exactly as they indicate for best results.
Clear glass with yogurt topped with blueberries

Serving Suggestions

I like to use yogurt in my smoothies. Here are two recipes:

Add homemade granola for amazing texture and flavor.

photo of yogurt in a glass with fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long does Homemade Yogurt Last?

It will last about 14 days in the refrigerator. 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.

How to Make Homemade Yogurt Thicker

The gelatin will help thicken the crockpot yogurt. Homemade yogurt is not as thick as the store bought, so the gelatin will give it the store bought appearance.

How to Store Leftovers

Store the homemade crock pot yogurt in an airtight container in the fridge. We like to place in individual mason jars for a quick breakfast in the morning.

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Crockpot Yogurt

4.89 from 18 votes
Making Yogurt at home is super easy when you are making crock pot yogurt. This Homemade yogurt recipe is super easy and anyone can make it with a crock pot.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Resting time 8 hours
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 16
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Calories 77


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Making  yogurt at home is really easy and very frugal friendly! I can’t wait to hear what you think about this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 77kcal, Carbohydrates 6g, Protein 3g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 12mg, Sodium 54mg, Potassium 168mg, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 200IU, Calcium 143mg

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  1. 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.

  2. The gelatin can affect the starter culture, so I recommend saving some of the starter in case the gelatin interferes with re-culturing. Thanks.

  3. 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!

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