The Plentiful Pantry | Vanilla Yogurt in the Crockpot

Yay! Today kicks off the first Plentiful Pantry link-up that Amy and I are hosting! The linky will be open today through the 22nd which gives you a whole week to link up an old post or write a fresh one. Here’s a list of potential topics!
For today’s Plentiful Pantry I thought I’d share a fresh spin on my crockpot yogurt recipe. It’s the perfect way to use up milk before it expires or put to use a plethora of WIC milk. Plus, it saves a bundle when you make yogurt in bulk rather than buying individual containers. Homemade yogurt can even become a to-go squeezable option if you spoon it into a Little Green Pouch.
Ingredients & Supplies
  • 8 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt with live cultures
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • Crockpot with low setting
  • Towel
  • Cheese cloth


  • Pour 8 cups of milk into crockpot, cover and set to low for 2 1/2 hours
  • Turn off heat, keep covered and allow the heated milk to sit for 3 hours
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of yogurt and 2 tablespoons vanilla, replace the lid and wrap a large towel around the top and side of the crockpot and allow to sit for 8+ hours. 


  • The results will be a very liquid/drinkable yogurt – perfect for smoothies. If you prefer your yogurt thicker, use a cheese cloth to drain away excess liquid. When straining I place a large bowl in the kitchen sink, place a colander inside the bowl and then line the colander with the cheese cloth. Then, I’ll pour the yogurt into the cheese cloth lined colander and allow it to strain/drip for a few hours.
  • If you want to skip straining, I’ve found that the longer you allow the milk/yogurt to sit in the crockpot the thicker it will become. The photo above sat for 18 hours and I didn’t have to strain it at all.
  • I love this yogurt with a swirl of local honey, Bob’s Red Mill granola and fresh berries – Mmmm!

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  1. Bianca says

    I've been meaning to try your crockpot yogurt recipe.. Do "live cultures" live in all yogurts? Just in case I need to get a certain kind of 'starter' yogurt.And, AMAZING picture. I am thoroughly impressed that it was taken in natural light.

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  3. ThatMamaGretchen says

    As far as I know, all yogurt has live cultures. I've used lots of brands as my starter and have never run into a problem. Once you have your first batch of crockpot yogurt, that can act as your starter for future batches too!

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  9. lrailing says

    I am so glad you posted about this! I have been wanting to make yogurt, and after being at the store today and seeing a small thing for $5, I just might have the push to make some myself. I love smoothies and with summer coming that would be the perfect thing to have in the fridge.

  10. ThatMamaGretchen says

    It has totally gone up in price lately! This stuff is great for smoothies … it's tart to just eat plain, but you can dress it up with berries, agave, honey, granola etc. Perfect for smoothies though! Enjoy!