Good Morning Folks! It’s Tuesday! That means Jana wrote a slow cooker review about one of Stephanie O’Dea’s recipes! This one is a breakfast recipe. Check out her breakfast ideas for the rest of the yogurt! You can freeze it in ice trays as well and take out what you need when you want it. Say good morning to Jana if you stopped by! Look for a review from me on one of Stephanie’s recipes Friday.
Mmm…Yogurt. I love the stuff. I mean really, really love the stuff. We spend so much money in our household on yogurt, it’s not even funny. So, as I was looking through Stephanie O’Dea’s crockpot blog for my next recipe, I about squealed with excitement on finding a recipe for making yogurt in the crockpot. As of late, I have found that reading all the comments are more beneficial on how to adjust the recipe for my family. I normally try to make the recipe just as it is stated at first so I know how it was originally supposed to taste and how I want it to taste. I tried this recipe for the first time with…GASP…adjustments. If you would like to follow the original recipe, see the link above. Here is what I did:
1. Ingredients: 1/2 gallon of 2 % milk, 1/2 cup yogurt (as a starter, this gets the live culture in there), 1 packet of plain gelatin (this helps thicken the yogurt. You can also use dried milk), 2 tsp of vanilla, and fresh or frozen fruit (optional)
2. In a medium to large crockpot, add milk, vanilla, and gelatin.
3. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours (enough time for me to go to the gym)
4. Unplug the crockpot, and let the mixture sit for three hours. This was a enough time for us to eat dinner (leftover Applesauce Chicken and wild rice, a twist on chicken bog).
5. After 3 hours, measure out 2 cups of the warm mixture into a bowl and whisk in the 1/2 cup of the store’s yogurt. Pour back into crockpot and stir all.
6. Put the lid back on, cover the entire crockpot with a heavy bath towel for 8 hours. This is why I started mine in the late afternoon. I wanted it to sit while I was sleeping, so I wasn’t tempted to keep checking it. 🙂
7. After 8 hours, your yogurt should be done! Place in an air tight container. Make sure to set aside 1/2 cup for your starter so you don’t have to buy anymore store yogurt to make your own.
8. At this point, you can add your fruit or whatever you like to your yogurt. NOTE: the longer it sits in the fridge, the thicker it gets. After day 3, mine was pretty thick (not greek yogurt thick, but thick).
Here are a few things I did with my yogurt:
a. Made smoothies that my daughter and I shared. I mixed strawberries, a little cinnamon, and bee pollen:
b. I also made pancakes with yogurt instead of just milk.
c. I mixed some yogurt with dark chocolate instant carnation for a yummy breakfast.
d. I also mixed it with dark chocolate hot chocolate mix for a dessert.
NOTE: this makes a TON of yogurt and is most definitely cost-effective. It’s good for you because you can control the fat and sugar content to your desire. The original recipe calls for whole milk, but I’m not a big fan of whole milk. I am going to try it to see if it changes the taste/consistency.
Give it a shot and let me know what you think. I really don’t think you will regret this recipe!