How to Make Greek Yogurt in Your Slow Cooker Crock Pot - A Crockpot Recipe

The spoon is not propped up in this picture.  We like our yogurt THICK and CREAMY!
The spoon is not propped up in this picture. We like our yogurt THICK and CREAMY! | Source

Make Your Own Greek Yogurt


1/2 gal. milk (2%, whole, soy, goat, breast, whatever milk you have)

1/2 c. starter (start with a plain natural yogurt with live active cultures - after the first time, put back a little of your yogurt to use as a starter)

Pour your milk into your crockpot. Set it to LOW and let it go for a couple hours. You want the milk to get to around 180°. You can use a thermometer if you want to get your time exact. I usually just stick my finger in there and if it's hot, then it's ready to go.

Next, UNPLUG your crockpot. Let the milk cool down to about 80°. It needs to still be warmer than room temp, but cool enough that it will not kill the live active cultures. It usually takes three or four hours.

Now, dip out a cup or so of the milk, and whisk in the starter. Stir that mixture back into the milk in the crockpot.

Cover it up and wrap a couple of beach towels around it to let it INCUBATE. It always seems like I'm making yogurt and people come over and I feel like I need to explain why the kitchen is pretty much perfectly straight - except for that giant beach towel bundle on the counter... incubating yogurt people, please...

So let that sit there for 8-10 hours. Sometimes I let it go overnight. Most of the time I'm not clever enough to time it out that way.

Now you have yogurt. If you like your yogurt on the thinner side, or for making smoothies, you are done, and can stick that yogurt in the fridge!

To make Greek style yogurt:

Take a huge bowl and a piece of cloth. You can use several layers of cheesecloth, or some other thinnish cloth. I use a cloth diaper. One of the non-prefolds. Secure the cloth over the bowl, like a drum. For this, I use rubber bands and a paperclip. Get creative, this step is worth it if you like thick yogurt. Spoon your yogurt onto the cloth and let it sit. The longer it sits, the more whey drains out. Now you have LESS yogurt, but the yogurt you have is thick and delicious. I also like to gently stir the yogurt while it's in the cloth to keep the consistency smooth.

Put back a half cup or so to use as a starter, and store the rest of your yogurt in whatever container you like. The more you use your own starter, the more of a bite your yogurt will have. If you don't like that bite, just use a store-bought starter each time.

Save that whey! You can use it in baking! I also use it in beans, but that's another hub for another day!

We eat this stuff all the time. I get the Walmart 2% milk to make it with and have them price match Aldi. I make a gallon at a time, so I am left with about 1/2 gallon of yogurt and 1/2 gallon of whey.

The best Greek yogurt is served with honey, and that's how I like to serve it up, too. Basswood honey is the best with yogurt, though any kind is still great!

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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

I love yogurt but have never thought of making it. I should give this Greek yogurt recipe a try. Thanks!

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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West By God

I like it too but need to stay away from dairy--cow's milk that is. I would be willing to try this is almond milk and see if it will work. I have the store bought starter--was hard to find and I had to go to a health store to get it.

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cheapsk8chick 6 years ago Author

rpal, I find it very satisfying to make big batches of yogurt and watch the kids gobble it up. Let me know if you try it!

Lady Guin, same here, let me know if you try it with almond milk. I would be very curious to see if it works. I don't know why it wouldn't, since it does with soy milk.

Thanks for visiting & commenting!

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tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

I made my own yogurt some years ago and after reading your hub will try again. Using the slow cooker is a great idea. When I made it I had to put the bowl in the hot water cupboard. Thanks.

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cheapsk8chick 6 years ago Author

Great tebo! I hope that you will enjoy your yogurt!

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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

I love yogurt and I also make my own using powder milk that I turn into liquid with water. But I always buy my starter in the supermarket. When done, I put crushed Oreo biscuits in there or crushed fruits like pineapple tidbits. The whey idea is new to me, I'll try your procedure. Whey is good for diabetes. Thank you.

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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago Author

Lita, that sounds delicious! I think oreos would be fantastic in yogurt! Thanks for the ideas!

Shawn 5 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. Very good directions . It worked perfectly!

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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago Author

Fantastic Shawn! I'm glad you liked it!

Ren 4 years ago

I'd given up on home made yogurt when my yogurt maker died, so thank you for these instructions! I made a batch today in my slow cooker and it came out great!

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cheapsk8chick 4 years ago Author

That's wonderful Ren!

Kolohegirl 4 years ago

Just wondering what would the calorie count be? Would it be based on the type of milk I used? 1% milk? I'm watching calories but also am making some as we speak. Any info would be great!

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cheapsk8chick 4 years ago Author

Great question! If you are not making your yogurt Greek style, it would just be the calorie count of your milk + your starter ÷ number of servings. If you are draining the whey to make it thicker, I'm not sure how you would do the calorie count.

Kolohegirl 4 years ago

Thanks! I'm gonna drain it and use the whey later. I read about so many variations of calories (minus the whey). So here's hoping I get it right!

Michelle 2 years ago

I tried it for the first time last night and it didn't set up. Not sure what to try. I followed all the instructions and now I'm confused!!

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