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How to Make Fat Free Greek Yogurt

Making homemade greek yogurt is much easier than it seems by just using a crockpot.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Resting Time 8 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 89kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon fat free milk 2 quarts
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened Greek yogurt with live cultures - (I used FAGE 0%)
  • food thermometer
  • slow cooker
  • chinois strainer or a cheese cloth and colander

Instructions

  • Pour milk into the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 - 2 1/2 hours.
  • Heat to 180 degrees. (Mine took 2 1/2 hours)
  • Turn off the slow cooker and allow milk to cool to 110 degrees (will take 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours. Mine took exactly 2 hours)
  • Allow the 1/2 cup of plain, unsweetened yogurt to come to room temperature while the milk is cooling.
  • Once the milk has reached 110- 120 degrees, mix in the yogurt into the milk and wisk gently. *Be sure milk is below 120 degrees or it will kill the live cultures.
  • Place the lid back on the slow cooker and wrap the slow cooker with several towels. Let it sit somewhere undisturbed so it can ferment for about 6-8 hours or 12 hours. It needs to look jello-like.
  • Then, remove the towels from the slow cooker and place it in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to cool completely. Below is what mine looked like after 8 hours of fermenting.
  • Do not shake or stir. It will set much better just left to cool. Below is what mine looked like after being in the refrigerator over night. From 9 pm until 7 am. You can see the whey that has risen to the top even more.
  • It is ready to eat at this point if you like. Just whisk until smooth and you are all set to add any fruit, honey, maple syrup, nuts and/or granola.
  • But, you can easily make it "Greek" yogurt by straining the whey from the yogurt in a very fine mesh strainer, like the chinois strainer I mentioned above, for about 30 minutes. I found mine at Homegoods for $10.00 :-)

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 389mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Calcium: 305mg | Iron: 0.1mg