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Today we are going to make some super easy homemade Greek Yogurt that only takes three ingredients and would you believe we are going to make it in a CROCK POT – you heard me right – a crock pot! Wiebke calls it a crock pot, but personally I prefer slow cooker – don’t you?
It seems that every morning Wiebke and I get together (and she still does) she has this wonderful big bowl of Greek Yogurt for breakfast. I began to wonder if she knew there were other breakfast choices out there. Seriously, for 99.9% of the time she has this every – single –morning!
So one day I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and asked her WHY? Why does she eat this every morning? Isn’t it boring? Being the good friend she is she told me her story.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN WIEBKE LAND
Once upon a time a long time ago in Wiebkeland, Wiebke visited her family doctor for a regular appointment. She was told that her cholesterol was getting a little too high and she really did not like hearing that news. So she clapped her hands over her ears (or she would have liked to if it would have solved her high cholesterol so easily).
Wiebke knew right then and there that she needed to make some changes in her lifestyle and fast. So she got on her white steed and rode in the direction she knew would lead her to taking charge of her life.
Although the exercise was fairly easy to get started she ran into some problems with the diet part.
Wellllllll, the change in diet was a little rough to keep to as she simply could not find anything that would sustain her throughout the morning. She would end up hungry and we all know where that story ends (listening to your stomach and eating the wrong things).
Finally, after trying many foods she found that the Greek Yogurt would satisfy her hunger and keep her from being hungry all morning. However, Greek Yogurt, the really good healthy and yummy kind was quite expensive for her frugal little heart to come to terms with. So she got back onto her white steed and rode to save her day once again.
She did some more research and found a recipe that is made with only three ingredients, yes three. This Greek yogurt had turned out amazing in flavor, was very easy to make and made her frugal little heart happy (happy dance).
Now we come to the happily ever after part of the story where we decided that she just could not keep this recipe to herself any longer and that we really needed to share it with our followers.
THE END (not really)
GREEK YOGURT WIEBKE STYLE
YOU WILL NEED
** IMPORTANT: You need to use glass or plastic items otherwise it will interfere with the “yoguing” process.
Step 1: Pour the milk into the crock pot and add one cup of dry milk. (The dry milk helps to make the yogurt thicker and creamier). Stir using only a plastic utensil as metal may interfere with the bacterial growth.
Step 2: Cover the mixture and then turn on the crock pot to a high setting for about 4-6 hours. Get that thermometer and insert it into the crock pot to check the temperature. We want the temperature to reach about 180 degrees to make sure all the unwanted beasties are killed, otherwise the yogurt might spoil.
Step 3: Make sure to turn off the crock pot. The milk mixture has to cool off to around 115 degrees. Wiebke likes to use a fan to blow on the crock pot to cool it down quicker – which will only take the milk mixture about 45 minutes then. Remember check that temperature and make sure it comes down to around 115 degrees.
Step 4: Once the milk mixture has cooled to around 115 degrees you will need to remove the skin that formed off of it. You will be able to see it floating on top of the milk mixture, just skim it off.
Step 5: Add 1 cup of Greek yogurt to a glass bowl and ladle some of the milk mixture into the bowl with the yogurt to temper the yogurt (this slowly gets the Greek yogurt used to the warmer milk mixture).
Step 6: Pour the yogurt mix into the milk mixture that is left in the crock pot and give it a good stir.
Step 7: Cover the crock pot with the yogurt mixture with aluminum foil and stick it into a preheated 100 degree (or the warm setting) oven. Wiebke leaves her Greek yogurt in the oven overnight. This allows plenty of time for the Greek yogurt to yogue and become tarter and thicker.
Step 8: When you pull the Greek yogurt out of the oven and lift the aluminum foil it will look runny. When you drain the extra whey this makes the yogurt extra creamy and not as runny. You will need to place a plastic colander (in a plastic bowl large enough to hold the yogurt and allow the whey to drip off) and place a cotton or linen towel over the colander. Carefully scoop the Greek yogurt mixture onto the towel. Cover the yogurt and then place the bowl into the refrigerator while the whey drains off. This will take 1-2 hours.
Step 9: Once the whey is drained off, place the Greek yogurt into a covered glass bowl and leave in the refrigerator until cold and enjoy!
You can see us make this yummy Crock Pot Greek Yogurt on YouTube here.
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Love & Hugs,
Denine & Wiebke