No Need to Run to the Store: Make your Own Yogurt

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

I made yogurt in the crockpot and I am here to tell you how easy it is to make your own yogurt.

What you’ll need

1/2 gallon of milk (I used Borden’s Whole Milk, but you can use any brand)

1/2 cup of plain yogurt, any brand (I used Oikos Greek style yogurt since I like Greek style yogurt and it was on sale for $1 at Walmart, but you don’t have to)

slow cooker, measuring cup

2 towels


1.  Pour the milk into the slow cooker and set on low for 2 1/2 hours.  I did this step around 4 in the afternoon.

Warming the milk in the slow cooker for homemade yogurt.

2.  Unplug the crockpot and leave it alone for 3 hours.  Around 6:30 pm, it was time to unplug the crockpot.  Do not remove the lid, just leave it alone.

3.  After the 3 hours is up (around 9:30 p.m. when I did it), take 1 cup of milk out of the crockpot and mix in a bowl with half a cup of plain yogurt.  Mix well with a wire whisk.  My wire whisk was missing so I just mixed it well with a fork.  Pour the milk/yogurt mixture back into the crockpot and mix well with the rest of the milk.  Place the lid back on.  I set some aluminum foil on top before placing the cover (optional).

4.  Wrap the entire crockpot with 2 large towels.   As you can see in the photo,  I used a couple of bath towels.

Wrapping the slow cooker with towels to keep it warm for yogurt-making.

5.  Leave it alone for 8-12 hours.  I checked mine at around 9 am the next morning.  All the mixture had turned into yogurt.

I mixed it around a bit and transferred the yogurt into smaller containers.

Transferred homemade yogurt into smaller containers.

6.  Refrigerate for 24 hours and it is ready.  I actually cheated and tasted it after 8 hours and it tasted good, just a bit watery.  After 24 hours it was a great consistency and had a pleasant taste.  It was so good, I only added about a teaspoon of honey for flavor.  I let the family taste it and they liked it.

Homemade yogurt with honey


All in all, the yogurt in a crockpot was a success.  The flavor is great, I don’t think I will go back to store bought yogurt, except to resupply on the plain yogurt if I run out.  For about $3.50, you get about $10-$12 worth of good yogurt.  If you like yogurt, try this yourself; it is amazingly easy!

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About the author:
Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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  1. Before you eat any of your new batch of homemade yogurt put 1/2 cup of it into the freezer to use for you next batch. Just make sure to thaw it well in the refrigerator first before using. Do this each time and you won’t have to run out to get more starter.

    1. Whatifitstoday, I did not realize you can freeze this! Now I even have my own starter. I am just so excited how this turned out. Thanks so much for the tip!

  2. I didn’t know about freezing the starter, either! Great idea. I love the crock pot method of making yogurt…I tried other starters and methods but this is the only one that worked for me.

    Also, I read this article today and thought of you Mrs. AptPrepper…I’m interested in any thoughts you may have. Maybe it would be a good topic for a future blog post.

    1. Hi Jessica, I checked out the link. The article reinforced my thoughts that we have had a lot more disasters and extreme weather in the last year or so, than we’ve experienced in decades. Good topic for a post. Thanks for sharing!

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