Hack Your Slow Cooker! Make Open Source Yogurt

Hack Your Slow Cooker! Make Open Source Yogurt

Emma Christensen
Feb 2, 2011

Feeling ultra-crafty? Put your skills to the test by making your own precision-controlled yogurt maker using your slow cooker, spare electronics parts, and a little piece of open source software. No kidding.

This yogurt maker, a.k.a. Yobot, just seems so cool! We found the tutorial over on Make and have been eying our slow cooker ever since.

It actually does much more than incubate the yogurt while it ferments. It also takes care of the initial heating and cooling steps, which would eliminate so much hassle in our yogurt-making routine. All we'd have to do is provide the milk and stir in the starter at the appropriate moment.

Now, admittedly, this is completely beyond our particular skill set. But we're thinking this might be the perfect project to commission from a tech-minded friend or teenage relative. As long as you have a slow cooker already, it doesn't look like the parts are too expensive. The instructions also look fairly easy to follow as long as you have the attention span and willingness - and a soldering iron.

Anyone think you'll give this a go?!

Get the Tutorial: Yobot: Make a Precision Arduino Yogurt Maker at MAKE via Craftzine

Related: Three Ways to Make Yogurt without a Yogurt Maker

(Image: Chris Reilly/Make)

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