Recipe Friday: Mark’s Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker Yogurt

May 17, 2013

This yogurt recipe makes it easy for children to provide a helping hand.

by Mark Bishop

My wife and I really enjoy cooking at home and involving our son Henry in the process, and we know many parents who want to teach their kids the joys of cooking at home and share that family time, too. This week, we wanted to include an easy, any-time-of-the-day recipe that families with young children could make together.

This yogurt recipe makes it easy for children to provide a helping hand, and Henry loves making it and eating it. He especially loves how when we strain the yogurt through the cheesecloth, it makes cool designs — inspiration for your budding culinary artist, perhaps? You’ll have fun making this yogurt with your children, and it couldn’t be easier. All you need are two main ingredients and a slow cooker.

You’ll Need:

  • One gallon of milk… Any type. I use 2 percent, but if you want skim, no problem. If you want pure deliciousness, buy whole milk.

  • Starter yogurt culture (I use a single serving size of plain Greek yogurt that you can buy in the store).

  • Slow cooker

  • Cheesecloth

  • If desired, the fixin’s of your choice (berries, cereal, granola, honey, etc.)

How to Make It:

  1. Pour milk into slow cooker and heat on low for about 2.5 hours.

  2. Turn off and let cool for about 2.5 hours.

  3. Whisk yogurt into the cooled milk.

  4. Set crockpot aside and cover with a towel (optional) for 8-12 hours. Then, you have yogurt!

  5. If you want Greek yogurt, pour yogurt into a cheesecloth and allow the yogurt to strain for 24-48 hours. Then you have thick, creamy Greek yogurt.

  6. Add your fixin’s of choice or eat plain, and enjoy!