originally posted on my other blog crazy dumbsaint of the mind on January 11th,2011.
I love our crockpot so much I thought we could use another one. We already had a 6-Qt one, perfect for making large portion main dishes for our tribe. I figured a smaller one would be great for side dishes and such. Totally unrelated to thrifty matters, I’ve never understood why people tend to use their crock pot in the winter and not in the summer. I use mine in the summer so I don’t have to have the oven on during hot summer days. In the winter, having the oven on makes the house nice and toasty. I also use the crock pot for making soup stocks,cooking dried beans,sauces and a bunch of other stuff.
So,anyway ….I found this at a local consignment shop. It was in it’s original box and the price sticker said it was, “ALMOST NEW.USED ONCE. WORKS FINE!”. It was only $4. I was sold.
This particular model is probably about 25 years old, so technically it’s vintage.
BUT does it work? Was the previous owner a rotten liar, just trying to get their greedy hands on my whopping four bucks?
Well, the other day, someone I follow on Twitter mentioned (Tweeted) that they were making homemade yogurt. I said I was kicking myself for Freecycling my yogurt maker and then she filled me in that it was CROCK POT Yogurt. I had to try it.
Since I already had plans to put a roast in the big crock pot, it fell to the little one to show me what it’s got.
The verdict is….
…it successfully made yogurt! Even my one daughter who isn’t really all that fond of yogurt loved this and had it every morning for breakfast. Well, until it ran out on Wednesday morning. We made sure to save 1/2 cup to use as a starter for a new batch and we’ll probably make more this weekend.
Ingredients you need are:
-8 cups (half-gallon) of whole milk–pasteurized and homogenized is fine, but do NOT use ultra-pasteurized. (Debbie recommends starting with whole milk until you get the hang of yogurt-making)
–1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (you need to have a starter. Once you have made your own, you can use that as a starter)
–frozen/fresh fruit for flavoring
–thick bath towel
Since there are pictures and everything of the steps on exactly how to make it, I’ll let you read them here: CrockPot Yogurt
(by the way, Year of Slow Cooking is one of my favorite food blogs and much thanks to Stephanie for pointing me in the direction of Punk Domestics )
An added secondhand bonus: The glass desert cup in the photo is ,of course, second hand. I’m not sure where it came from….possibly my Mom. The tablecloth is a vintage score, something I picked up at a yard sale.
My one criticism of the crock pot itself – the stoneware crock is NOT removable. I can see if you made something really messy and gloppy in it, it would be a pain in the ass to clean. I’ll just have to keep that in mind for future uses.