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Homemade Yogurt (In A Crockpot)
February 9, 2010
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CindyP
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I use the actual crockpot.  After it has come to the almost boiling stage, I shut the crockpot off, wrap the entire crock pot in a beach towel and just stick it in the oven (no pilot light), just to keep away from drafts.  And the closed oven will warm up a little from the warm crockpot being in there.  This has worked for me every time except this last time -- I think it was the lowfat milk I used.

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February 9, 2010
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I dunno, lb, but I'd try just turning the crock on low.  Probably shouldn't leave it on very long because it can't be too good for the crock to be sitting around with that heating element burning with nothing in the crock, but a low temp long enough to warm up should do no damage.

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February 9, 2010
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Forget what I said - do it Cindy's way, lb!

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February 9, 2010
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Got it, Pete. When in doubt, don't listen to you, listen to CindyP.Laugh

Can't wait to try this. Still have some of the other left, but am hoping to convince the kids to start using yogurt again  in their smoothies, instead of the less healthy, more expensive ice cream. This makes twice as much as my incubator. Thanks again.

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February 28, 2010
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I have a warm setting on my crockpot.  Would that work in lieu of wrapping it in a towel and putting it in the oven?

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February 28, 2010
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I don't use a crockpot at all, just after making the yogurt, put it in jars and wrap them in that material you put in potholders (batting with one side batting and the other side is aluminum shiny whatever it is.

It keeps the yogurt at the right temp overnight..the next day I put it in the fridge.

I know on low the crockpot won't use a lot of power but if there is a way to not use power..I use that one.

March 1, 2010
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screamingsardine, keeping it on low will just keep cooking it........the wrapping and setting in the oven is just to let it cool off at a slower rate.  I stuck it in the oven as the kitchen has 2 doors to it, cold drafts coming in all the time.  I just set it in the oven, then draped a big bath towel over it.

Astrid, do you just use a pan on the stove to get the milk to the almost boiling stage?

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March 1, 2010
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Can you freeze it?

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March 1, 2010
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I'm not sure what freezing would do to the consistency.................make it grainy?

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March 1, 2010
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Yes the heating I do on the stove.

March 3, 2010
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I have a warm setting on my crockpot, in addition to the high and low.  So that's why I was wondering if the warm setting would work.

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March 3, 2010
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You want it to cool down slowly.......not keep warm.  That's why it's insulated with the towel.  You don't have to stick it in the oven, I just do to keep it out of drafts in the winter.

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March 3, 2010
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Okay, thanks.  That makes sense. Happy Flower

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March 3, 2010
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I've never tried freezing yogurt, but I'm thinking that wouldn't work.  You could always freeze a really small amount as a test and find out!  (Then come back and tell us, LOL.)

Clover made me do it.

July 15, 2010
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Is it okay to put flavored yogurt in the initial batch, instead of plain?

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July 15, 2010
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I've used vanilla, but I don't know about the fruity ones.

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July 15, 2010
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Well, I tried it, but all I got was warm milk and the yogurt that I put in on the bottom.  I think it's my crockpot.  Waah.

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July 16, 2010
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I did use a peach flavored one once and got the same results you did........vanilla worked ok.  There must be different cultures in the flavored ones or the fruit defies what is supposed to be happening?

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July 16, 2010
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Well, you would be introducing that pesky pectin stuff, and sugar - totally different chemicals than would be in plain yogurt.  Who knows what other things, like preservatives, might be in there to stabilize the fruit!

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July 17, 2010
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I am trying this today. I may have messed it up already since I added the yogurt first but maybe I can save it anyway. We'll see how it goes. I should have checked the forum first but I have had an awful time signing in. Half the time it says my password is wrong when it isn't and when I tried to reset it, several times it just brought me to the login page. Anyway, it is working now and I am so glad to be able to finally post. sun2

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