Sunday, March 14, 2010

Crockpot Yogurt

There is a sense of great accomplishment in making your own staples, such as yogurt. Keep in mind that this will not have the same consistency as store-bought yogurt. It's a little more soupy. I'm not hardcore enough to eat it plain, so I use it in recipes that call for yogurt, in smoothies, and with things like granola or fruit.

1/2 gallon whole milk
1/4 c. vanilla yogurt
1 pkg. unflavored gelatin (optional)
1/4 c. honey (optional)

Pour milk into a 2 1/2 qt. crockpot and heat on low for 2 1/2 hours. After the time is up, unplug the crockpot and let milk sit for 3 hours. Once it's done sitting, take out 1-2 cups of the milk and add the yogurt and gelatin. Mix well, then whisk back into the crockpot. Wrap the entire crockpot in two bath towels and let "incubate" overnight for 12-15 hours. Stir in the honey and transfer yogurt to glass jars or other desired storage containers.