Homemade Greek Yogurt...

Monday, August 13, 2012

My status the other day on my Walking on Sunshine's Facebook page was the following:

"Making yogurt this morning because having store-bought
yogurt for breakfast is no longer an option."

And THAT one status, along with THIS picture, generated a ton of comments and requests.

Homemade GREEK Yogurt...



So, as requested, here is the recipe I used to make homemade yogurt...

Ingredients:

1/2 gallon of WHOLE milk
1 small container of plain yogurt (with live and active cultures)



Place the 1/2 gallon of whole milk into your crock pot...


Set your crock pot to HIGH and cook until the temperature of the milk
reaches 180 degrees, this took my crock pot almost 3 hours.
But check YOUR milk after 2 1/2 half hours...


Now, remove the lid, unplug the crock pot
 and let the yogurt COOL down to 110 to 115 degrees.
I just left the lid half on/half off.
This step took almost 1 and 1/2 hours...


Stir the container of store-purchased PLAIN yogurt into 
the cooled down milk and mix very well.

Please make sure there are live and active cultures in your purchased yogurt.

Place the cover back on and wrap 
2 heavy towels around your crock pot.

Yes, I used a camouflage towel, after all we are an Army family...


Now, the waiting begins!

Pretend you do NOT see this on your counter 
and let the mixture culture overnight or 8 to 12 hours.

In the morning when you uncover your crock pot, you will have yogurt...



It will be THIN yogurt because it does not have all the additives and gelatin's which
brings us to STEP TWO of waiting, where we drain the yogurt.


Line a strainer with cheesecloth and place over a bowl large enough to fit the strainer inside. 
(Yes, that is the inside of my salad spinner) 
I also placed the strainer on top of a smaller bowl so that while the yogurt
is draining it's not "sitting" in the liquid that will collect in the bowl...


Add your yogurt...


Cover with the cheesecloth and place plastic wrap on top.
You DON'T have to use a towel, it was just handy.
Place in the REFRIGERATOR and let drain overnight or 8 to 10 hours...


After draining, this is what you get,
beautiful and thick and DELICIOUS Greek yogurt...


This is all the liquid that drained from the yogurt...


Transfer your Greek yogurt to a container and add sweetners to your taste.
I added almost 1/4 cup of artificial sweetener...


Add some fruit and ENJOY...




Once you have tasted homemade Greek yogurt, you will not
want to eat store-purchased yogurt again.

This process may seem like a lot of work, but it's NOT.
Just a lot of time and waiting, but NOT a lot of work and
the taste is so worth the time, trust me.  


21 comments :

  1. I love yogurt and will have to try this.
    Looks easy for even me.
    Hugs & JOY
    Trace

    www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

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  2. And that is why I am not going to be making the tastier home version. I couldn't pretend not to see the equipment for that long and I have pets with hair flying around. I am sure that what you're telling me is true, though. Very sure.

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  3. Vee, you don't have to take the lid off. It will just take more time for the milk to cool down!

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  4. Nice tutorial! I've made Greek Yogurt too, following some guy on YouTube. I've not done it for a while. I'm out of Greek yogurt and almost out of Feta. Time to make cheese again!

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  5. Great job, Lois. I am going to have to try this!

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  6. I am not a yogurt lover but I know it is healthy. This sounds like a very easy recipe.

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  7. I will have to share this with my mom....she especially loves yogurt! Looks and sounds good, Lois!

    Have a great week!
    Tammy

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  8. The yogurt looks so yummy and good for you! I can imagine how good it tastes. Homemade is the best!

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  9. I love yogurt and I'm sure this is quite good. However, I'm afraid with the two kitties I have that are into everything when my back is turned that I'd never get it made. I know where to find the recipe, tho, if I change my mind! Thanks!

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  10. There is nothing better than homemade! Glad you are enjoying your yogurt! I knew you could do it! :)

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  11. I have not had yogart in a long while, so you have me thinking about some. Richard

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  12. Maybe one day when I retire, I will try this! :-) For now, my carb master yogurt from kroger will have to do! Thanks for the recipe though. I bet my daughter would like to try it...she and her hubby like yogurt and they are both adventurous in the kitchen!

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  13. WOW~ this is so great to know, Lois... I never knew homemade yogurt was this easy!

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  14. Well I found this VERY interesting...I am also VERY sure it is just delicious. I believe you when you say it is not hard, but it does sound quite time consuming, which will probably be why I won't be making it. How bout I just come over for breakfast instead? ; )

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  15. This sounds great! I love Greek yogurt! I would love to be able to make it at home instead!

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  16. This sounds wonderful, I'll have to give it a try :)

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  17. I wonder if this would work the same with soy milk? And can you get the live/active cultures from a health food store (like a yeast) instead of adding a store bought yogurt? Interesting, I might need to research because it looks great!

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  18. I am so excited to have found this through Foodie Friends Link up! I LOVE yogurt but HATE spending so much money on it. I am going to try this very soon! Thanks for the recipe. :)
    -Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

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  19. I have been trying different methods for homemade yogurt (and having some issues). I am going to try this crockpot method next. Thanks!

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  20. G'day and well done Lois re homemade!
    Cheers! YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://whatsonthelist.net

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  21. I love homemade yogurt. It is so much better than store bought, but I have not made it in a while. I need to get back to doing it, and this reminded me of that. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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