homemade vanilla yogurt


Our family consumes a lot of milk and yogurt.  So when milk prices started dramatically dropping in our area I decided to try my hand at homemade vanilla yogurt in the slow cooker.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and delicious it is.

Vanilla Yogurt in the Slow Cooker

1/2 gallon of milk
1/2 cup yogurt starter (I use store bought vanilla yogurt)
1/2 cup sugar (we like it a tad sweeter, so I add a heaping 1/2 cup of sugar)
1 TBL. vanilla extract

Pour 1/2 gallon of milk into the slow cooker and turn on low.  Let is cook for 2 hours and 45 minutes.  Next, turn the slow cooker off and unplug it.  Whisk in sugar and vanilla and let the mixture sit (covered) for 3 hours.  After 3 hours spoon 1 cup of milk mixture into a small mixing bowl and whisk in your yogurt starter.  Then add it to your milk mixture in the slow cooker and whisk it all together.  Put the lid back on and wrap the entire cooker with a couple of towels to help keep it insulated.  Let your wrapped slow cooker sit for 8 hours while the yogurt cultures.  After 8 hours you can enjoy your yogurt or strain it with a cheesecloth if you like a thicker consistency.  (I like to put it in the fridge and let it strain for an hour.)

(The hardest part of this recipe is the timing.  I personally like to start it around 3:30 in the afternoon.  That way it sits overnight and in the morning it’s ready.  Hope you enjoy!)

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