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DIY yogurt in a crockpot

23 Apr
As I want to keep my blog authentic I realised that I can’t just always write about wine. That could get a bit boring and really my love of wine is just a fraction of who I am. Love for my family and a healthy appetite pretty much rule my world.

The other weekend I was wandering on South Granville with my hubby and we stopped in West Elm. A woman was offering samples of yogurt she’d made in the crock pot. I was floored. I’ve had my crock pot for years and use it mostly to make soups and stews. I’ve never ventured away from savoury items although I’d seen recipes for desserts made in the crock pot.

Inspired by this charming woman I decided to give it a go. Here’s exactly what I did. Some recipes call for a candy thermometer but I used a simple digital one that I use for meat.

  • Put 2 liters of milk in the crock pot and set it to high (you can use almond or coconut milk if you don’t want dairy but you’ll need to add pectin or gelatin to set it)
  • When the milk hits 180 degrees turn off the crock pot (mine took about 2 hours to get there)
  • Let it now cool down to 110 degrees (took about an hour)
  • Take out about 1/2 cup of the warm milk and mix it with 2 tbsp of yogurt (once you’ve made your own save some for your next starter and you’ll never have to buy yogurt again)
  • Pour this mixture back into the warm milk and stir it around
  • Put the lid back on the crock pot, wrap it in a big towel and put it in the oven with just the oven light on (you can turn the light on earlier to warm it up if you want)
  • Leave the crock pot in the oven with just the light on for 12 hours
  • Remove the crock pot from the oven and put in the fridge for a few hours
  • I prefer thicker yogurt so then I strained off most of the whey through cheesecloth
  • Spoon it into jars and it will keep for about 2 weeks

Next time I think I’ll try adding some flavour such as a vanilla bean. You’re supposed to simmer the flavour in the milk in a pot for 10 minutes first then strain it out.

Heating up the milk Heating up the milk

 

 

 

Straining the wheyStraining the whey

 

 

 

The finished productJars of yogurt

 

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