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A bowl with homemade yogurt

How to make yogurt in the Crockpot Express

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  • Author: Karlijn
  • Total Time: 12 hours 15 min
  • Diet: Low Lactose


In this recipe, I will show you how to make homemade yogurt in the Crockpot Express in a few simple steps. The yogurt is low in lactose.




  1. Heat 1 liter of milk (4 cups) in a pan. Heat it slowly until it starts boiling. Be careful not to burn the milk.
  2. Turn off the heat.
  3. Put 200 ml of milk (5/6 cups) into a bowl, so it can cool down a bit quicker. Pour the rest of the milk into the pan of the Crockpot Express.
  4. Leave the milk to cool down and check the temperature now and then. When the 200 ml of milk in the bowl reaches a temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius (86 F), add the starter to the milk. Stir through carefully.
  5. On the instructions of your starter, you can find how much of the starter you need for 1 liter of milk.
  6. Wait until the milk in the Crockpot Express reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 F).
  7. Add the 200 ml of milk with the starter to the Crockpot Epxress. Stir it through carefully. Don’t stir too much because you don’t want to get too much air into the milk.
  8. Turn the Crockpot Express on the yogurt-making setting. For this setting, you don’t need the lid.
  9. Making the yogurt takes between 5 to 12 hours. The longer you leave the yogurt to ferment, the lower the amount of lactose in it will be. So if you want a low lactose yogurt, it is best to leave the yogurt to ferment for the full 12 hours.
  10. Leave the yogurt at least until it is firm. You can also leave it overnight.
  11. When your yogurt is done, turn off the Crockpot Express and leave the yogurt to cool in the pan for 2 hours.
  12. Then transfer it to a box and put it in the refrigerator to cool for at least 6 hours.
  13. When I used the full-fat milk, my yogurt already turned out quite thick. If you want a thicker yogurt, you can also choose to drain it in a cheesecloth, to get even more of a Greek yogurt structure.


*I made the yogurt both with full-fat milk and with skimmed milk. Both types of milk work well and the yogurt tastes nice with both. My personal preference is to make the yogurt with full-fat milk because it becomes even more creamy. 

Store: you can keep your homemade yogurt in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Re-using: if you want to re-use a part of your yogurt to make a new starter, do this within 1 week of making the yogurt.

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: CrockPot Express
  • Cuisine: International