Easy DIY yogurt!

My kids go through yogurt like it’s water. I did a bunch of internet searching, and all of the yogurt recipes seemed really time intensive and hard!

Eventually I was able to take a compilation of several recipes, and make a simple & delicious version! And it’s in the crockpot no less!

Here are the instructions!

Ingredients:

1/2 gallon whole milk

1 packet of gelatin

1/2 cup of yogurt starter (save from a previous batch, or buy plain yogurt with active cultures if it’s your first batch)

1 bag of frozen fruit in the flavor of your choice (*you could also flavor with just vanilla, or experiment and try to recreate your other favorite flavors*)

1 cup of sugar

Instructions:

Pour the milk in the crockpot and cook it on low for 3 hours.

Easy DIY yogurt! ~ Our Cozy Den

Turn off crockpot. Stir in yogurt starter and gelatin packet. Spoon out 1/2 cup for your next batch’s starter!

Easy DIY yogurt! ~ Our Cozy Den

Remove the frozen fruit from the freezer so they can thaw completely.

Easy DIY yogurt! ~ Our Cozy Den

Unplug the crockpot and wrap it with a blanket. {I know this sounds weird, but it’s really important that the yogurt cools VERY slowly.} Leave wrapped for 8-12 hours.

When that time is up, use a blender to puree the fruit. Easy DIY yogurt! ~ Our Cozy Den Mix the fruit and the sugar into the yogurt.
Easy DIY yogurt! ~ Our Cozy Den

Mix it up really well, then spoon into individual containers and refrigerate. Easy DIY yogurt! ~ Our Cozy Den

Easy peasy, huh? And it’s SO much cheaper than regular yogurt! I ended up making about 20 servings for $3.50 (18¢/serving). The very cheapest yogurt at my grocery store is packed with nasty junk and preservatives, and it costs 47¢/serving!

What do you think?

Have you ever made your own yogurt before? What flavor is your favorite?

4 thoughts on “Easy DIY yogurt!

  1. Gloria says:

    This is a GREAT big batch, and I think I’m going to try this. I usually only use a quart of milk because that’s what fits in the yogurt maker my friend gave to me. I also don’t add gelatin, because my recipe didn’t mention it. I make and eat mine plain, but will sometimes add a drizzle of maple syrup on it to sweeten it up. If I’ve got fresh berries, I’ll cut them up and drizzle a balsamic creme over the top. SO good!

  2. Tracy says:

    Hey I tried this for the first time 2 weeks ago and it was great! I wondered if you cook the milk in the crock pot w/the lid off? I see it’s off in the picture and my husband wondered if it would be thicker if we left the lid off?

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