I have a confession to make.
I lost my yogurt-making mojo this winter.
Seriously, me, the one who gets probably close to 25% of my daily traffic from my crockpot yogurt recipe, couldn’t make yogurt to save my life.
Three batches in a row. Ended up with milky. . . milkiness.
I was disheartened.
I was confused.
I admit, I cried.
What happened? Was it my new crockpot (a little bigger than my last). Was it heating too hot? Was it not heating hot enough? Was I using old culture?
So I decided to revisit my yogurt making routine. I decided to think outside of the box, found a few tips online, rolled up my sleeves and tried again.
And it worked. I made yogurt. And not only did it work but I made the thickest, creamiest yogurt I’d ever made in the two years I’ve been making yogurt. I used to have to strain my yogurt, for a day, to get it this thick. It must be a fluke.
So I did it again. And again. And revised and streamlined my technique. And I’m in love.
The crockpot technique is still awesome. A great way to make yogurt when you’re out of the house and to take advantage of an appliance most of us already have in our kitchen. If you’re having trouble with the crockpot method, test your temperature based on the info below and adjust the timing to fit your crockpot, if you prefer. But this new way? I have to admit it’s my new favorite simply because the quality of the yogurt astonishes me every time.
- Milk (I generally make a half-gallon to gallon at a time – I make mine with whole milk; raw or organic)
- Yogurt Culture (see below for quantity, depending on how much yogurt you’re making. The yogurt culture is simply a little bit of previously made or purchased plain, whole milk yogurt)
- A large pot
- A Candy Thermometer
- A small-ish bowl and spoon
- Glass Jars to hold the yogurt
- A funnel
- Dish Towels or a diaper or two to wrap around the jars
1. Pour milk into your pot and affix candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Turn heat on medium under the pot.
Make sure you hold back a little of your prepared yogurt to make your next batch and