Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yogurt and a Birthday

We pause this pumpkin recipe extravaganza to bring to you a most necessary post.

Don't worry... I haven't entirely escaped pumpkin!

Today is my birthday and although I had to be away from G so that I could teach in Connecticut, my fantastic brother-in-law and girlfriend had a most delicious pumpkin birthday cake made for me with layered orange glaze and chocolate cream cheese frosting. To. Die. For.

Birthdays are about getting old. And about enjoying life. What do you need for both of those things?


Don't ask, you just do.

And with this recipe, you can have it all of the time, made from scratch, for a fraction of the price and with a minimal amount of babysitting. I've been making it regularly now and got it from Rachel's site. Highly recommended!!

Crockpot Yogurt
makes about a half gallon

1/2 c greek yogurt
1/2 gallon whole milk

- Set crockpot to low. Poor in milk. Once milk reaches 170 degrees (2.5-4 hours) shut off crockpot and keep lid on, checking for temperature to cool to 110 degrees (an hour or so.) Stir greek yogurt into a cup of the warmed milk, then add yogurt mixture to crockpot. Cover with towels and allow to culture for 8-24 hours. Store in container, refrigerated, up to 4 weeks.
*** Keep 1/2 c of this yogurt for your next batch!!


  1. I've been thinking about making my own yogurt - but we need to increase our herd share first. I'm such a milk snob, i can't drink grocery store milk any more (ick).

    I have a friend who makes her yogurt in a dehydrator - which she prefers to the crockpot - but without a dehydrator, I'll probably be looking back at your recipe sometime.

  2. Dehydrator? Interesting. I also just saw a post on how to make it just in a pot like a normal person AND in addition to that, how to make it Greek/thicker. Might give that a whirl.

    Don't get me started on milk... I am still turning a blind eye to it on most days and assume that culturing it helps somehow... but I haven't fully converted yet and kind of dread the day I do. I'm in that terrible middle of the road position. HELPPPPPP

  3. Nicely done! Let me know if you find a better method for yogurt goodness. This one is so low maintenance, but if I could make it thicker, it would be worth a little more effort.

  4. Happy birthday (yesterday)!! My friend made yogurt this way once and said it was amazing. I'll have to get a crock pot so I can try it....

  5. Rachel, I'm kicking myself for losing the blog post I just saw the other day that explained how to do the extra greek step. Dangit!

  6. Happy Birthday! I LOVE yogurt. This looks delicious!

  7. Happy belated birthday, Anna!

    That's really creative using a crockpot to make yogurt. But you're going to end up with a whole lot of yogurt that way. What's the plan?