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Crockpot Yogurt for Beginners

Have you ever wondered how to make your own yogurt? 

Then you need our crockpot yogurt for beginner’s recipe. 


It’s surprisingly easy to do. 

All you need is a crockpot or an Instant Pot (our top pick is the Instant Pot Duo80 if you want one to feed a family with) and a recipe (and you don’t need one of the best cookbooks of all time for that, just this article). 

Yogurt Is Variety

Yogurt is awesome for so many reasons. 

You can make smoothies with it, pour it over cereal, make a spread or a dip out of it, freeze it for an ice-cream-like experience, or just eat it by itself. 

yogurt in a cup with granola

And it’s so simple to make too. 

How To Make Crockpot Yogurt For Beginners

You don’t need very much to make crockpot yogurt but you will need:

  • 8 cups of full fat milk
  • ½ cup of ordinary plain yogurt which has live cultures in it
  • A slow cooker/instant pot/crockpot
  • A bath towel
  • A piece of cheesecloth
  • A strainer

And that’s it!

Preparing To Make Crockpot Yogurt

Take the 8 cups of milk and pour them into your slow cooker – it needs to be large enough that there’s some space left. 

If you have loads of space remaining, you can always double this recipe and if you are struggling for space – halve it, instead.

Then put the slow cooker on LOW and let it warm for about 150 minutes. 

When it’s done, switch it off and leave the lid on. 

berry yogurt

Let it sit for about 3 hours. 

Then after 3 hours have passed, remove the lid, add the yogurt and then put the lid back in place.

Wrap your slow cooker in a bath towel, you want to block out all light. 

This lets the bacterial culture go to work and make yogurt for you. 

Leave Your Crockpot Alone!

The next step is simply to leave the mixture alone for half a day (that’s 12 hours). 

So, the best time to start this yogurt making process is around lunch time, on the day before – so that it’s ready for breakfast when you get up. 

The good news is that there’s really nothing more to do. 

When you get to the slow cooker, it should be full of yogurt. 

Decide How To Use The Yogurt

Your crockpot yogurt for beginners is fine now if you want to make it into a smoothie or drench your favorite cereal in it.

However, if you’ve been dreaming of digging into it with a spoon, it’s probably still a little runny for that. 

So, take your strainer, put the cheese cloth inside and place the strainer over a bowl. 

Then pour the yogurt into the cheesecloth.

yogurt inside of a cheesecloth

Wait for around 30 minutes and it should be fine for eating – though if you want super thick, you might need to go an hour. 

Alternatively, take the yogurt from the overnight process and just pop it in the fridge until evening. 

When you get back to it, pour the top fraction (whey) off and use it for drinking or cooking with, and what’s left will be thick and creamy. Yum. 

A Final Thought On Crockpot Yogurt

It’s easy to flavor this kind of yogurt. 

Just add fruit. But… Only add fruit to the yogurt you’re going to eat right away. 

Keep the rest fruit-free. Adding fruit adds ingredients to fresh yogurt that can quickly spoil it and you don’t want that. 

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