Lazy Mama's Homemade Yogurt

I am a very lazy cook, but I love the idea of homemade yogurt. My first forays with homemade yogurt happened in college, when I bought a nifty yogurt machine that cooked yogurt in individual glass cups. Now, I live in a small 1950's house with very little cupboard space, and my appliances really need to multi-task. So I was thrilled to find a recipe for making yogurt in the crock pot.


-1/4 cup of store bought, active/live culture, full fat plain yogurt. (This will be your starter. After your first batch of yogurt, you can use 1/2 cup of some of your homemade yogurt as a starter instead.)
-8 cups of whole milk.


1. Pour the milk into a crock pot, and turn the crock pot on low. Leave it alone for 2.5 hours, cooking on low.
2. Turn the crock pot off, leave the cover on, and let the milk sit for 3 hours.
3. Take a cup or two of the warm milk from the crock pot, and put it in a small mixing bowl. Mix in 1/4 cup of store-bought yogurt, or 1/2 cup of homemade yogurt as your starter.
4. Mix the yogurt/warm milk mixture into the milk that's sitting in your crock pot.
5. Put the lid on the crock pot, then fold and put a heavy bath towel over the crock pot to insulate the leftover heat (leave the crock pot turned off), and go to bed.
6. The next morning, you'll have yogurt waiting for you in the crock pot. :-) Home made yogurt is thinner than store-bought.
7. Pour the yogurt into a container, cover it, and put it into the fridge. Let the yogurt fully cool down to the fridge temp before eating.

**I like to sweeten my yogurt with a little agave nectar.


  1. Do you know how to do EVERYTHING???

    This is so COOL. Love it.

  2. WOW! This is really cool! My husband makes the yogurt at our house. I totally suck at it! I tried once and ended up with coddled milk. ICK! We just make ours on the stove top, then put it in a cooler for a few hours with jugs of hot water to control the temperature while it sets.

    I don't even own a crock pot, but I'm thinking that I might just have to go all Betty Crocker and get one. I've been reading so many GREAT uses for them lately. And I thought crock pots were just for making lousy stews and nasty pot roasts! ;)

  3. Hi,

    If you use a commercial made yogurt (Dannon, etc.) as your starter and that starter yogurt has 4 types of "live and active cultures," will the homemade yogurt contain the 4 types of "live and active cultures, too?"



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