Monday, August 29, 2016

Crockpot Greek Yogurt

That is correct! I am taking extremely simple crockpot yogurt recipe and transforming it into a beautiful thick greek yogurt! It seems the children and Daniel prefer the yogurt more thick whereas I love the yogurt more thin like a non-fat yogurt or Stonyfield's Vanilla Whole Milk yogurt. Yum yum yum either way. With school starting up, I figured it is time again to pop the good old crockpot out and get to making some more yogurt! {Okay let's be honest here, I make yogurt every two weeks- whenever we go to the farm to pick up our milk I make a batch of yogurt}. But anyways, with school starting this week, I figured what better way than to end the summer with greek yogurt and start the school year {lunches} off with a bang! Homemade greek yogurt always has the kids at school asking Kristopher and Kailee 'where did you get the yogurt?' And boy do they love telling them, my mom made it! Haha I love it!! Anyways, this recipe is all basically the same as my vanilla yogurt; the only thing we are changing is straining it to remove the Whey. But do not by any means discard the whey! If you like Whey protein shakes, there you go! You have fresh whey to use for that! I freeze my whey into ice cube trays and my husband takes one cube out, and pops it into his shakes in the AM using our Oster blender {this blender is the best ever! You place all your ingredients into the cup, mix, place lid on and you are good to go. No mess, no fuss, no clean up!



You Will Need:

1/2 Gallon Raw Milk
1/2 Cup Organic Sugar
1/2 Cup Organic Yogurt Starter
1-2 tbsp Organic Vanilla, depending on how you like it





**Yogurt Starter: This is basically plain or vanilla organic yogurt from any store bought. I buy my starter yogurt is maple hill creamery vanilla bean. But the easiest way to get your starter and the cheapest way is to keep 1/2 cup to 1 cup from this batch of yogurt (saving 1 cup if you wish to double the recipe). Peace of cake, eh?! Well give it a try follow along!!


Place your raw milk in your crockpot (any crockpot will do!) 


Place the crockpot on low and let it cook for 2 hours and 45 minutes! DO NOT touch or move the crockpot, just leave it alone and go about your business! We let it go while cooking dinner, and watching Grey's Anatomy (<<<-----yup new obsession!!)


After 2 hours and 45 minutes, turn the crockpot off, unplug it and remove the lid. This is what it should look like if you are using raw milk like we did 


Add your sugar and vanilla at this point and whisk like crazy. 


Whisking away.. Now return to whatever it was you were doing; I cleaned the kitchen, and let this sit OFF, lid on for 3 hours! DO NOT ADD YOUR STARTER YET!


Here it is after 3 hours! Remove 1 cup of the milk mixture and place in a bowl


Here is my milk and yogurt starter


Add your starter to the milk, and whisk


While you are whisking you will see the yogurt start to look like yogurt! This is great! The live cultures are doing what they should and feeding off the sugar! 


Add back to the crock pot


And whisk away for 2 minutes


Wrap your crockpot in a big bowl around the base, place the lid back on


Place another towel on top of the lip, draping down to cover the entire crockpot the rest of the way
Allow to sit for 8 to 12 hours; I left mine for 8 hours and 45 minutes (the longer it sits the tangier the yogurt flavor- which I do NOT like)


Place a white t-shirt or cheesecloth over a strainer on top of a pan. Pour yogurt into the middle {have someone hold the shirt still}. Place in fridge for 4 hours to drain the whey, do not throw the whey out!


Look at how thick!!! 


The whey is amazing protein and very good for you!! Daniel adds some to each of his protein shakes instead of yogurt {since this has the yogurt flavor!}


Enjoy your amazing, homemade greek yogurt!! YUM!


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