Today I made Greek yogurt! Actually, the process started about 24 hours ago, but I finished it up today and am waiting for it to chill in the fridge.
Yogurt is one of those things I’ve never really considered being able to make at home. Like cheese, or even soap, it’s something I’ve just always assumed you buy, why on Earth would you try making it yourself? (For the record, I have made my own soap, and it’s definitely more fun than buying it!)
The original pinned “recipe” (and I put recipe in quotation marks because there’s not much to it!) is here.
The steps are pretty basic: I used a half gallon of 2% milk and just dumped it into my clean crockpot (I decided not to use a crockpot liner for this one). I set it on low and though the instructions say it’ll reach 180 degrees in about 2.5 hours, mine took closer to 4 (I used a digital thermometer to check).
At this point I combined the info on the blog with one of the comments further down.
When it got up to temperature, I turned off the crockpot and left the lid off for about 2 hours until the temperature got down to 105. Then I added half a cup of Oikos Greek yogurt as a starter directly into the crockpot and combined it with a whisk.
The blog says to wrap the crock up in towels and place it in your oven for the night with the light on. I completely bypassed that step. I wrapped the crock in towels but left it on my counter overnight (actually closer to 12 hours).
When I got up this morning the yogurt looked beautiful (see first pic above), and I was ecstatic. It smelled right, it felt right and it tasted right!
(I will admit to being a little nervous about leaving a milk product out for so long!)
Before I did anything else, I scooped out half a cup of the unstrained yogurt to keep in the fridge as the starter for my next batch, as suggested in the comments.
I also did not transfer the crock to the fridge for three hours before straining. I felt this was unnecessary, as the commenter mentioned, so it went directly into a cheesecloth-lined strainer which was placed over a bowl. The whole thing went into the fridge for about two hours.
It turned out perfectly! And you can’t beat $3 for this much Greek yogurt!