Making your own yogurt is really easy and very frugal friendly. It is time consuming but still very easy! It is mainly just a waiting game, but definitely worth the wait. Here are the directions:
- 1/2 Gallon milk (or 8 cups – whole or 2%)
- 1/2 cup of yogurt -it has to have live cultures in it. Just check the label. It will not work unless you have the live cultures.
- 1 unflavored gelatin
- 1 bath towel
- a crockpot (I used a 6 quart)
- Place the entire 1/2 gallon of milk into the crockpot. Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.
- Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours. You don't have to do anything. Just let it sit unplugged.
- When 3 hours have passed, take 2 cups of the warmish milk from the crockpot and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine. (you can also add in the gelatin** at this time)
- Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation.
- Let it sit for 8 hours with the towel around it.
- Let chill in the plastic containers and add flavorings. That is it!
- **The gelatin will help thicken the yogurt. Homemade yogurt is not as thick as the store bought, so the gelatin will give it the store bought appearance.
The results – We loved it. The only problem is that it is thinner than store bought yogurt. From reading other sites, you can add non-flavored gelatin when you add in the yogurt, so I think I will try that next time. Don’t worry -I will let you know how it goes. You do need to flavor it because plain yogurt isn’t so tasty. We flavored it with blended fruit, or sugar, or honey, or vanilla. The kids loved trying different types.
It is very frugal friendly and makes a ton. Let me know if you try it out. I got this method orininally from here.