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My reticence to pay for delicious expensive things that I think I could make myself has struck again.
I've declared my love of Chobani yogurt.
I saw last year that The Crockpot Lady (Stephanie) had made yogurt in her crockpot.
I had to give it a try.
And it worked!
I did have one failure.. because I didn't follow instructions. Just follow the instructions, and you'll be fine. (Below is my failure. I added the yogurt starter before waiting the 3 hours. ooops. It was a complete loss).
Stephanie has simple and easy to follow directions on her site.
Basically, here's what I did:
Mix together in a crockpot:
8 c skim milk
1/2 c dry milk powder (to help thicken it)
Heat on low for 2.5 hours.
Unplug the crockpot. Leave the lid on, and walk away for 3 hours, to let it come to the right temperature for the live cultures to thrive.
When that 3 hours is up, leave the crockpot unplugged. Scoop out 2 c of the warm milk and whisk in 1/2 c plain yogurt with live active cultures. (I used one 6 oz carton of Chobani). When that is well mixed, whisk the milk/yogurt mixture into the rest of the milk in the crockpot. Replace the lid, wrap well in a couple towels to insulate it and keep it at the optimum temperature and leave it overnight.
In the morning, you have yogurt! (That's whey on top)
I strained it in my yogurt wave yogurt strainer to make it into Greek style yogurt. You could use cheesecloth or a coffee filter, too. I like the yogurt wave because it's enclosed and easy. Only about half fit into it. If I end up making yogurt often, I plan on getting a second strainer. I strained while I was at work, and when I got home - Greek yogurt! And you can use the whey in other things, like bread. I'll have to try that.
This makes plain yogurt.
I stirred in some honey for the kids.
I think they liked it.
Just a little.