This is a simple recipe for making homemade Greek yogurt in your slow cooker. With just 5 ingredients, and a matter of time, you can make delicious Greek yogurt.
1/2 gallon milk
1/2 cup yogurt starter (with live active cultures)
1/2 cup instant powdered milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Cheesecloth and colander
Pour 1/2 gallon of milk into your crock pot and turn it on low. Let it sit for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Set a timer and walk away from the crock pot at this point.
When the timer dings, turn the crock pot off and unplug it. Whisk in powdered milk. If you want vanilla Greek yogurt, whisk in sugar and vanilla. Let the yogurt sit for 3 hours. Again, set your timer and resume your regular activities.
After the 3 hours are up, whisk in your yogurt starter.
Put the lid back on the crock pot and wrap the entire crock pot in one or two beach towels. I wrap one around the outside and cover the top with another towel. The reason being that it allows the temperature of your yogurt to slowly cool and culture.
Let your wrapped crock pot sit for 8 to 12 hours while the yogurt cultures. The longer the yogurt cultures, the tangier the taste. 8 to 9 hours is what I generally do.
Now you have yogurt – and here’s how we turn it into Greek yogurt.
After the 8 hours are up, line your colander with 2 or 3 squares of cheesecloth. Place the colander on top of a metal bowl and pour all of the yogurt into the cheese-lined colander. Place the bowl in the refrigerator overnight to strain. This allows the whey to strain out from your yogurt, turning it into Greek yogurt.
In the morning, simply scrap the yogurt out of the cheesecloth and put in a glass jar to store in the fridge. You now have homemade Greek yogurt!