How to Make Homemade Yogurt in the Slow Cooker

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How to Make Homemade Yogurt in the Slow Cooker

My children devour yogurt. I was searching for a way to make homemade yogurt without having to buy a yogurt maker.

Homemade Slow Cooker Yogurt


I found an incredibly easy way to make homemade yogurt.

The Slow Cooker.


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Everything you need to made easy homemade yogurt.

  • Milk {I’ve used Skim, Whole, store bought & raw}
  • Starter yogurt {for the active cultures}
  • Fruit {if you choose}
  • Crockpot {of course}

How I make Homemade Yogurt the easy way:

Start your yogurt making fun on a day that you plan to be home all day.  It’s an easy process, just slow going.

  1. I fill my 6 qt crock pot with the amount of milk needed.  If I want two quarts of yogurt, I use 2 qts of milk.  {See, you’re smart.  You get the idea.} I let the milk sit in my crock pot, on LOW, with the lid on–for 3 hours.
  2. After 3 hours I add in 1 cup “starter” yogurt.  This is what grows your lovely active cultures. I’ve used plain yogurt or flavored.  Like everything, it’s all about what I have. I whisk the starter yogurt into the warm milk I also add sweetener at this point.  Again, it’s all about preference here.  Some wait until the yogurt is done and simply sweeten with natural honey or fruit.
  3. UNPLUG your crockpot and let it sit for 8 hours.  I usually unplug my slow cooker and wrap a towel around it for this time.
  4. Drum roll, please!!!  Now after 8 hours your yogurt is nearly ready. At this point, I mix in the fruit that I’d like to add.  We make blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, peach, etc. The yogurt is not thick.  It’s like low-fat yogurt and thin.  But we like it, and the price is RIGHT!

See. Simple.

*The first time I made this I was confused and thought that the volume would expand.  My reasoning was the milk would get thicker and therefore increase the volume.  I learned though the amount of milk I used was the exact amount of yogurt it would yield.

I always make my homemade yogurt with skim milk because that is what we drink.  I have friends who use raw milk, goats milk, and other varieties.  I’m just not there yet, wink.

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This is homemade Strawberry Yogurt.

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Strawberry and Peach Yogurt.

Storing homemade yogurt is very easy too.  I simply use small plastic containers.  By doing this, the yogurt is ready for little tummies at a moments notice.


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