In an earlier blog I talked about how probiotics help keep the sniffles and sneezes from allergies at bay. Your best defense is early preparation and taking probiotics is a great way to start. Keep in mind that you can also get your probiotics from food. Yogurt is a fantastic source of probiotics, especially if you make it yourself. It is way easier to do than you might think. Below is a very easy recipe for yogurt, and it is made in crockpot!
For the first time around you will need to use purchased yogurt, with live active cultures, as a starter (most grocery store yogurts are fine, just read the label). After you have made your first batch, be sure to set some aside for the following batch. Homemade yogurt is so good and so easy to make (especially in the crock pot!), once you get into the groove of making it you will never want to buy store bought yogurt again.
- Turn crock pot to low and pour in 1/2 gallon of milk (8 cups).
- Heat on low for 2 hrs and 30 min in a 2 qt crock pot OR 2 hrs and 45 min in a 4 qt.
- Next, turn your crock pot off and unplug it. Let the milk cool for 3 hours (do not remove the lid).
- After 3 hours, remove 1-2 cups of the warmed milk and place in a bowl. Add1/2 cup of yogurt with live active cultures and mix well.
- Pour this mixture back into the crock pot milk and whisk thoroughly.
- Place the cover back on and wrap the entire crock pot in a thick bath towel or two.
- Let it culture overnight for 8-12 hours.
- In the morning stir yogurt and store in glass jars.
- Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before using.
- Enjoy! Please share with me how it works out for you!