Recipes and Cooking Slow Cooker Vanilla Yogurt Transform this homemade yogurt into Greek yogurt or flavored yogurt using our recipe variations. By Lois White Published on January 9, 2021 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Carson Downing Hands On Time: 30 mins Total Time: 8 hrs 30 mins Servings: 16 Yield: 4 pints Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 8 cup (1/2 gallon) whole milk 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla ¼ cup plain unsweetened yogurt labeled with "live and active cultures," at room temperature Directions In a 4-quart saucepan cook milk over medium until an instant-read thermometer registers 180°F to 185°F, stirring frequently. Let cool until 110°F to 113°F. Stir in vanilla bean paste. In a small bowl stir together 1 cup of the milk and the 1/4 cup yogurt until smooth. Stirring constantly, slowly pour the mixture back into the milk in the saucepan. Ladle mixture into four clean pint canning jars. (You may have a little extra.) Top with lids and fasten screw bands. Place jars in a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour enough lukewarm water into the cooker to reach just over halfway up the sides of jars. Cover and cook on high 5 minutes. Turn off cooker, wrap cooker sides with a thick towel (for extra insulation), and let stand 4 hours or until yogurt is thick, turning on cooker to high for 5 minutes every hour. Chill jars about 4 hours or until yogurt is set. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. If desired, reserve some yogurt for making the next batch. Makes 8 cups. Greek Yogurt: After chilling the yogurt, transfer it to a strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth and set the strainer over a bowl. Drain the yogurt until it reaches desired consistency. You can use the whey liquid in the bowl for smoothies, baking, or whatever you like. Flavored Yogurt: Before adding the starter, stir 1 tablespoon vanilla or coffee extract into the cooled milk mixture.Nutrition per serving: 79 calories, 4 g protein, 6g carbohydrate, 4 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 6 g total sugar, 4% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 54 mg sodium, 11% calcium, 0% iron Fruited Yogurt: Before chilling the yogurt, stir 2 tablespoons mashed ripe fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries, peaches, or mango, into each jar.Nutrition per serving: 79 calories, 4 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 4 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 7 g total sugar, 4% Vitamin A, 1% Vitamin C, 54 mg sodium, 11% calcium, 0% iron Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 77 Calories 4g Fat 6g Carbs 4g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 16 Calories 77 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Cholesterol 13mg 4% Sodium 54mg 2% Total Carbohydrate 6g 2% Total Sugars 6g Protein 4g Calcium 142mg 11% Potassium 167mg 4% Folate, total 6.4mcg Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.