IT WORKS!!! Oh my gosh. It actually works, is easy and tastes good.
HERE and HERE are two of the many recipes I read.
So I have seen how to make yogurt on multiple blogs but I was so scared to try it. I had a fear of it smelling like spoiled milk and in my mind it seemed so complicated. Finally, I gave in and tried it after I saw the stack of 32 oz yogurt containers piling up under the sink. Two 32oz yogurts every week.
32oz of yogurt costs $3.50
1/2 gallon of whole organic milk costs $3.50+ $1.50 worth of honey, starter and vanilla
I was persuaded by the price to try it.
1/2 gallon whole milk (1% to whole is fine)
1/2 cup starter (I use just plain yogurt with live active cultures.)
1/2 cup honey (or other sweetener)
1 T vanilla (optional)
Put 1/2 gallon of milk in the crockpot on low for 2 1/2 hours.
Turn the crockpot off and let sit for 2 1/2 hours.
Whisk together a cup of yogurt from the crockpot, 1/2 of plain yogurt starter, 1/2 cup honey and 1 T vanilla. Add back to the crockpot and whisk together.
Wrap the crockpot in a beach towel and place in a cool oven overnight. (8+ hours. The oven is to keep it the same temperature, safe from drafts.)
Pull it out and YOU HAVE YOGURT in the morning!
It is amazing. Almost as cool as making bread.
One of my children likes to drink it with a straw. Put if you want it thicker you can put a coffee filter at the bottom of a strainer to let the whey drain. (See link given above.)
There are videos to watch on YouTube if you are nervous too. I think, it is worth it!