Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Treatz

My sister introduced me to homemade greek style yogurt--
complete with tutorials and a yogurt maker!
YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM 
One day I had more milk that needed to be used than would fit into my yogurt maker.
I had heard that yogurt could be made in a crock pot, so I decided to give it a try!
IT WORKS!
The following are the instructions I followed, but there are many others on the web. 
This recipe is from:
crock365.blogspot.com

 Make Yogurt in Your CrockPot!






The Ingredients.

--8 cups (half-gallon) of whole milk--pasteurized and homogenized is fine, but do NOT use ultra-pasteurized. (Debbie recommends starting with whole milk until you get the hang of yogurt-making)  I used 1 percent milk and it worked ok--Suz
--1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (you need to have a starter. Once you have made your own, you can use that as a starter)

--frozen/fresh fruit for flavoring

--thick bath towel

--slow cooker

The Directions.

This takes a while. Make your yogurt on a weekend day when you are home to monitor.

I used a 4 quart crockpot. This is so exciting. My fingers are shaking!

Plug in your crockpot and turn to low. Add an entire half gallon of milk. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.


Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.

When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.



Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation.


Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.

In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened---it's not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt.

Blend in batches with your favorite fruit. I did mango, strawberry, and blueberry. When you blend in the fruit, bubbles will form and might bother you. They aren't a big deal, and will settle eventually.

Chill in a plastic container(s) in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days. Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.

to achieve a Greek-style yogurt  line a colander with a coffee liner and let the liquid drip out. The remaining yogurt was as thick as sour cream.
 



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