DIY Vanilla crockpot yogurt

Here lately I have been looking for ways to reduce our waste even more. The boy loves to eat yogurt. He takes one in his lunch most days. So, the problems are: 1. We really don’t know about all of those ingredients 2. We can’t recycle those cups in this area. 3. I don’t want to buy a yogurt making contraption!

Here is the list of ingredients for this super delicious vanilla yogurt that is picky kid approved and can be make in your crockpot:

1/2 gallon of whole milk, container of yogurt (to use as a starter), regular white sugar (some say you can use honey), Vanilla extract and a crockpot.

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The ingredients

Step 1: put the whole half gallon of milk in the crockpot and turn it on low for 3 hours (yes, this will take lots of time!)

Step 2: unplug the crockpot and spoon 1 cup of the warm milk into a bowl with a half cup of the store bought yogurt. Whisk  it together and then whisk it back into the crockpot.

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Make sure your yogurt has live cultures

Step 3: whisk in the 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 Tbsp of vanilla into the crockpot. Then grab a couple towels and wrap them around the crockpot.

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Bundle up that crockpot!

Step 4: Let it sit this way, still unplugged and wrapped in towels for about 9 hours. (The longer it sits, the tangier it gets. I don’t like weird tang!)

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Just about finished!

Step 5: I used it as is, but thought it was a little thin. So then, I should have used cheesecloth to strain it, but I used coffee filters. Go with the cheesecloth to strain faster. It takes about 3 hours to strain over a bowl with a cheesecloth lined collender.

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Straining away

Step 6: package it up in some nice ball jars and store it for about 2 weeks. I highly doubt it will last that long.

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How much I had before straining!

And the picky boy’s review: he claims it’s better than the yocrunch that he loves! I know, candy in yogurt, ugh!

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The boy’s snack!

I like mine with fresh fruit and the hubby likes his with some coconut.

Don’t be like me and time it out horribly and be up after midnight on a Sunday trying to put the yogurt in the jars. Be smarter! The next time I will start the whole process at 8pm and then let the crockpot sit at 11pm to be ready at 8am the next morning! It takes about 12 hours altogether!

I’m going to give this a try with 2% milk and post an update! I’ll keep you posted!

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