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Homemade Yogurt (In A Crockpot)
October 13, 2009
7:26 am
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CindyP
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I found a recipe for making yogurt in crockpot and just had to try it!!  It worked!!

1/2 gal milk (you can use fresh or from the store)

1 cup plain yogurt

Put the milk in the crockpot and turn on high until it's almost  boiling, but not quite.  The instructions said about 3 hours, mine took 2.  Shut off and let cool off until you can hold your finger in for 10 seconds.   Mix in the plain yogurt.  Put the top back on, leave the crock in the heating part, put a bath towel on the top to insulate and leave in a draft free area where it will cool down slowly.  I stuck mine in the oven.  Leave it for 6-7 hours cooling slowly.  Mine was in there until this morning, about 12 hours, it was still a little warm. 

This made 5 cups.  You can now use 1 cup of this to make your next batch.

You can also take it one step further and drain it in cheesecloth to make yogurt cheese for crackers.  I'm trying this today.

It is delicious!!  I already had a cup with some black cherry jam mixed in.  YUM!!!

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October 13, 2009
11:19 am
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That sounds easy! 

December 9, 2009
5:41 pm
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I'm making this right now for the first time. Plan to use up some pie fillings (overbought) at first. And I have some canned peaches in the fridge I can use too. Cant wait!

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December 9, 2009
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Have fun with it, Leah!  It is very good!!!

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December 9, 2009
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I do this regularly.  My slow-cooker has the removable crock and yes, I put mine in my gas pilot-lite warm oven too. 

Don't try it with "ULTRA-pasturized" milk, which many organic milks are.  You can find ordinarily pasturized organic milks but do check the label carefully!  It'll not set up right.

If your end product is on the thin side for your taste, next time, add between 1/2 cup and 3/4 cup powdered milk to it at the start. You can also add unflavoured gelatin too, but I haven't personally tried that.  I DO add the pwd milk, I like the finished product better.

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December 10, 2009
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Leah, how did it come out?

Clover made me do it.

December 10, 2009
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Fine!Happy Flower I put it in the fridge this am. Was thick and creamy. Will have to eat some after it chills. I'm so excited about this! It was so easy and it's frugal. I saved a cup in a seperate container to use for the next batch.

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December 13, 2009
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Leah,  I made the crockpot yogurt for the first time about 5 weeks ago..I  have made it every weekend since.  I always use a heating pad set on low to raise my bread so I tried it with the yogurt and it was the perfect temperature to set it on for a few hours and no matter the temp in the house the heating pad  stays consistent. 

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December 13, 2009
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A caution here about using a heating pad with anything set upon it.  It is a fire hazard to do that because it casues a hot spot which can ignite anything combustible under it.  Even if you set the heating pad on something which will not burn, the fine wires in the heating pad can become broken, causing different hazards.   Surprised

Gotta be safe out there!

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December 13, 2009
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Thanks for the warning, I had not considered the "safety" aspect, I was so excited about having a low, even temperature.  I will experiment with something safer.

December 13, 2009
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Quite all right.  Thanks for the oportunity to pass along a lesson learned years ago.  That also explains why those grow pads used under seeds/seedlings are a bit more substantial than the simple heating pad.

And, so nice to see everyone getting into the yogurt making club!  I haven't tried it in years, but must do so very soon.

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December 13, 2009
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You could possibly use something like two slats of wood to raise the weight up off the pad.  I have a pilot lite in my gas oven which is where I let mine sit, but I also found an old buffet heating tray upstairs in our attic, it can be set to keep things just barely warm, check around because this kind of buffet tray can get somewhat wet, is not pressure sensitive and much safer than a heating pad.

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December 13, 2009
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Those heated trays are great.  Don't know what happened to one I used to own...

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December 14, 2009
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I used a thick beach towel folded and wrapped it over and around mine. I've eaten it with some cherrypie filling I had leftover in the fridge,and added one packet of splenda to the serving and stirred,Very tasty!It's nice to have around when you want something sweet. Glad to have you here Sandra!

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December 14, 2009
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Thanks Leah.  I absolutely love Chickens in the Road.  This site has truly enriched my life.  My bread and yogurt making day is on Saturday but with family here for the holidays I probably won't get the yogurt made.  I will have to figure out my new plan for heat as my house is pretty chilly in the winter.

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December 14, 2009
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Sandra, I remember Cindy saying she wraps a towel around hers and puts it in the oven (off),just to keep drafts from it. I left mine on the counter but it was covered well and it did great.

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February 3, 2010
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I'm bringing this topic back up to help our new member lavenderBlue, plus it's just a good topic! Smiley Rabbit

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February 3, 2010
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I have refined my process.  I bring my milk up to heat (180*) in a sauce pan and then cool to 116* and add tempered yogurt.  Then I pour all into a preheated crock (Out of the heater, just the crock part) cover it and wrap in a heavy towel and place in microwave with door ajar so the light bulb adds a small amount of heat to the space.  It is done in 8-12 hours.  I have done this weekly without a failure for several months.

February 4, 2010
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lavenderblue said: (from the Introduce Yourself topic)

And I really logged on here to get some suggestions on what to do with yogurt that didn't set up. I think my yogurt incubator is dying.


I use the crockpot to make mine.  But last week I made a batch and it didn't set up at all!  After 12 hours, I just stuck it in the fridge and was going to use it in baking, it was still perfectly good for that!  The next day, I pulled it out to use it in some bread and it was set up!!!!!!  I had used 1% milk to experiment if the less fat milk would work.  Evidently it finally did, but just not in the crockpot like it usually does!

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February 9, 2010
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Thanks, BuckeyeGirl, for re-opening this topic. My yogurt finally did set up after I left it for another 8 or so hours in the old incubator. I've had the thing since high school, so can't expect too much from it anymore. Trust me, that was a looooooooonnnnngggg time ago. Next time I will try the crock pot method, although my crockpot is probably just as old, it was my MIL's before it was mine. Bug Eyed

I do have a question. How do I pre-heat the crock without a gas pilot light? Is it necessary? I imagine it would help keep the yogurt culture at an even temperature.

Sorry about asking so late after the re-open, but I am still thrashing around here trying to figure out this forum business. Thanks for all the help, folks.

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