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Make yogurt at home - frugal style, take #1(crockpot)

A friend of mine recently discovered an overabundance of powdered milk in her pantry.

So, what does a person do with too much of a good thing? Well, this beloved friend of mine starts calling around, first to see who she can bless with some and secondly, to see if anyone has advice on what to do with it. She mentioned yogurt. OH YUM, GUTBUGS!! I was hooked!! I was all over this!! I was totally excited and anxious to see if I could do it! (fishie loves a good challenge)

Funniest thing, after dreaming about this for a whole day. I awoke the next day wondering not only if it could be done, but could it be done in the crockpot ? I don’t have one of these amazingly inexpensive do-dads yet, and probably never will. And since I found that the crockpot only costs 2 cents per hour to run, I figured why not!?! So, after finding myself a good cup of tea, I was making my morning rounds visiting my FAVORITE websites - first stop - CROCKPOT365. You will never guess what I was greeted with…. You got it! Making Yogurt in your Crockpot ~ WOOT ~ Praise God! And Thank YOU, Stephanie!

So…. the next thing I knew, I was making plans to convert that recipe to use Powdered Milk.

And this is what we came up with …  Now if you have Regular Milk and not powdered, I would definitely recommend visiting Stephanie at Crockpot 365 and using her delicious yogurt recipe. She Rocks! She and I should be the bestest friends ever, just by default because we both LOVE our crockpots.

Anyway, Here are the ingredients and my timeline:

2 Qts Reconstituted Nonfat Dry Milk (7 2/3c water plus 2 2/3c Dry Milk)

1 additional Cup Dry Milk

4oz. Good Yogurt (just make sure it has the acidophilus and other good bacteria in it) I wanted one without any other added stuff.

optional: Organic Raspberry or other flavored jam

Big Warm Snuggly Bath Towel

1 6qt. Crockpot

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3:30pm… Make Milk — I used distilled water (just cuz that is what we drink ’round ‘ere) 7 & 2/3 cups distilled water Plus 2 & 2/3 c. Dry Milk plus 1 extra cup to make it thicker or more rich for yogurt = 3 & 2/3c. dry milk total. Replace the lid on the water jug and do the Kitchen Hula Dance with your daughter while you shake the jug to mix it well. Let your daughter take a turn while praying the top does not come off. Quickly Place it in fridge to avoid such disaster.

5:20pm Take dinner out of the crockpot, Wash the crockpot and Rinse it well. (oops, so much for thinking ahead)

5:30pm or 2 hours later… Pour the contents of the Kitchen Hula Dance Jug (reconstituted dry milk) into the crockpot, Cover, Plug in and Set to low for 2 & 1/2 hours. Eat dinner and chase the children around the house - get the guppies ready for bed.

8:00 pm or 2 & 1/2hours later… Unplug the Crockpot and chase the guppies upstairs.

11:00 pm or 3 hours later…. Take out 2c. of warm milk and Add 1/2 c. of a yummy plain organic yogurt (I sprung for the $1.80 6 oz Greek Yogurt - it is a bit thicker - almost like sour cream- this one is honey flavored…gosh, hope that is ok… but I KNOW it has all the good gutbugs I want in it) Mix really well and pour back into the crockpot. Replace the lid and wrap your crockpot up in a big thick bath towel and kiss it goodnight. Leave it unplugged and all alone in the dark….do not peek, even at 4 am when you are so tempted. Just like us, it needs 8 hours of sleep to function properly.

7:00 am or 8 hours later… carefully open the towel and the crockpot and gently give it the spoon test. Smells like yogurt, YUM…but it is kind of runny**please see notes below. More like a yogurt drink. Cover and place in fridge for guinea pig (chef hubby) to try tonight, cuz you just don’t dare do dairy. Give yourself a big smile, because if nothing else… we can blend fruit in it and freeze it for frozen yogurt– MMMmmmmmm!

Chill the yogurt covered, in the refrigerator. Your yogurt will last 7-10 days. Don’t forget to save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch next weekend.

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**On the second try of making yogurt in the crockpot — I added 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin to the 2c. warm milk just before whisking in the 1/2 cup yogurt and it worked amazingly well to thicken the yogurt !!


1 comment November 3, 2008

Menus made Easy on Healthyfishies

Oh my, What am I going to make for dinner ?!?!

How many times have you heard or said that? LOL

If you had lived in our house a few months ago, it happened a lot. Not so often anymore…

I found this amazing family menu planning system recently called More Thyme . For as little as $1/week (when you pay annually) you can get menus, recipes and shopping lists for your home meals. What’s really unique about More Thymeis that it can learn your taste in food and provide menu suggestions for you that not only match your taste, but your diet as well. You can use a standard balanced, low-carb, or low-fat diet, vegan diet, or create a custom diet. The shopping list not only contains what’s in the recipes on your plan, but you can also add additional items (like napkins, cleaning supplies, etc.). You can pay monthly, quarterly or yearly (big savings). Check it out ! You can even add your own recipes like I do for gluten free /dairy free or whatever and it figures out your grocery list, your menu and everything! It ROCKS! You can even add some of the recipes you find in the healthyfishies articles to your menu plan :-) a great combination!!

Since, Healthyfishies is a health and wellness community, we find that a large majority of our members are also people who place high value on healthy meals and dietetic meal values. As most of us try to make more healthy choices in our meals in order to improve our health, we tend to lean more on natural and organic foods. We try to achieve that goal with the addition of more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and also to maximize our ability to get our vitamins and minerals from foods instead of supplements. Most of us also have families, some with special diets, like vegan, dairy free or gluten free and so, it is with great pleasure that we come to you withHealthy Menus through More Thyme and the Healthy Grocer e-Store , which carries organics, natural foods, gluten free foods, dairy free foods, and more!

It is our dream to make Healthyfishies your one stop shop for your daily health choice needs and feel that the combination of Healthy Menus - which will also include recipes, grocer e-store lists and dietetic values- and the Healthy Grocer e-Store will help us to meet those needs.

The convenience of having pre-planned menus, shopping lists and the ability to order groceries online - I hope will prove to be not only a Healthy move, but a Time Saver and Money Saver as well.
Thanks !

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