Because some days we make yogurt and others we eat at Costco. Or both. Often, both.
I love feeding my family wholesome and nutritious meals, along with saving money. Which naturally means more cooking for me, which I do love (when there aren’t tiny fingers and toes following me about). And after 7 1/2 years of parenting I’ve learned that you really cannot do it all. There will be sacrifice somewhere - and for me, sacrificing a peaceful home for a personal preference is never the best option. So when I find something that’s healthy, saves money and doesn’t cause me to neglect an area of the heart I feel like I have legitimately won the lottery. All praise-hand emojis and hi-fives to myself.
So without much further ado, I give you my very easy batch of crock-pot yogurt that is minimally processed (as in, not processed at all), can be flavored to your preferences and makes 10 adorably cute jars for your babies to take out all by themselves if you’re not feeling very breakfasty at the bright and early hours of their choosing.
Lily's Very Easy-It's ok if you forget it in the oven overnight-Whole Milk-Yogurt
-1/2 cup of yogurt - WITH live cultures. Live cultures are important, they’re what make the yogurt turn into more yogurt.
-1/2 gallon of whole milk
-box of dried milk
-flavors and mix-ins of your choosing (including but not limited to: jams, honey, granola)
^so easy, right?!
Step 1: Pour 1/2 gallon of milk into your crockpot and turn your crockpot on low for 2 1/2 hours
Step 2: Turn off your crockpot and let the warm milk sit for another 3 hours without removing the lid.
Step 3: Take 2 cups of the milk out and mix it with the yogurt +1-2 cups of dried milk.
Step 4: Combine the yogurt/milk mixture with the milk in the crockpot.
Step 5: Turn on the light in your oven; Put your crockpot in the oven with the lid on. DO NOT turn on your oven. Leave in the oven for 8-12 hours.
Step 6: Pour into your containers and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Top with granola, jam, honey, vanilla, etc.
**Don’t go cheap on your starter. There was a time when I tried a whole milk version from the beloved Aldi and it failed miserably**
**My favorite yogurt starter is Brown Cow whole milk yogurt, plain or vanilla**