Originally Posted by Lizzo
Thanks for the responses. I am a novice with the yogurt making, so I need a lot of help!
So, I do not have a gas oven, but the crock pot method sounds like a good one for me. I have an old school crock pot that only has high and low settings. So how would I do it? Do I use cultures or pre made yogurt? Do I put water in the crock pot? Do I heat the milk first- and how much if it's raw milk (which it would be)? What is the ratio of milk to pre made yogurt or culture?
I need like...step by step directions!!!
First, fill your crockpot with cold water, turn it to low and with the lid off, leave it alone for several hours. Then go back and check how hot it is. To be yogurt safe, you should be able to stick your hand in the water and have it be comfortable, just warm (not hot). You can check it with a thermometer if you have one. If it's too hot, the crockpot method will not work with that crockpot. If it's a good temperature, then the crockpot method should work .
So what I do is fill a quart mason jar with my (cold) milk, cover the mouth with a piece of cloth and screw down the band to hold it on. Place it into the (cold) water in the (cold) crockpot, leave the lid off, set it to warm (low) and leave it alone for at least 12 hours, although I like 24 better. Take it out of the crockpot and pop it directly into the fridge without disturbing it. Once it's cold, you're ready to eat.
The ratio of milk:culture is a matter of personal taste. I use about 1 Tbs of yogurt to 1 qt of milk, and get a very mild yogurt. I used to use 2-3 times that much and would get a very tangy yogurt.