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How to make Yoghurt {in a slow cooker!}

July 29, 2015

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I was feeling all smug when I sat down to write this post. I was feeling like this because I thought I had invented making yoghurt in the slow cooker. Turns out I didn’t.

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You see, I have made this yoghurt many times, but always using an esky {cooler for you non Aussies} for the incubation step. I don’t have an esky anymore so I was challenged to think of something like an esky.

What was going to insulate the yoghurt so it can ferment and do it’s thing while gradually cooling down? A slow cooker!

Here is when I started to feel like I was the only person in the world to have thought of this. I made the yoghurt, it worked perfectly and I was feeling good.

A quick Google just as I began to write the post told me otherwise. Damn.

Anyway, here is how I make yoghurt. It’s so easy and only requires two ingredients. Once you’re used to the process, you probably could even do it without a thermometer.

Maybe add a little sugar and vanilla bean for a sweet version? Yum!


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How to make Yoghurt {in the slow cooker!}
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  1. 1 litre full cream milk
  2. 50g full fat greek yoghurt
  1. Half fill your slow cooker with hot water from the tap and turn to high.
  2. Place the milk in a heavy based saucepan and place on a medium heat.
  3. Stir the milk occasionally until a thermometer reads 90 degrees Celsius. This is just off boiling so you will see steam, but no bubbles.
  4. Remove from the heat and place in a sink filled with cold water.
  5. Allow the milk to cool to 50 degrees Celsius, which is just warmer than body temperature so it'll feel hot.
  6. Whisk in the yoghurt.
  7. Pour the mix into some jars that have been cleaned well and rinsed in boiling water. Secure the lids.
  8. Turn off the slow cooker and place the jars in the water.
  9. Allow to sit in the slow cooker until the water is cold- about 8 hrs.
  10. Place the jars in the fridge. It keeps for 3 weeks.
  1. If you don't have a slow cooker, place the jars of milk mixture in an esky and pour in some recently boiled water to come up 3/4 of the jar. Secure the lid and allow to sit until the water is cool.
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29 thoughts on “How to make Yoghurt {in a slow cooker!}

  1. Isabel

    Yoghurt is one of those things on the ‘I must try to make that sometime’ list that I’ve never actually done. Thanks for the inspiration/kick up the butt!

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    1. erinmadethis Post author

      I love summer things in the slow cooker too- pulled beef/pork, whole roasts, cakes! No need for the oven!

  3. Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect

    This is brilliant Erin! I need to try this, I love natural yoghurt, but making my own must be cheaper than the supermarket.

    I saw a recipe for slow cooker dulce de leche too, but I am yet to try that. I think I need to get my slow cooker out, even though it’s summer!

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