Frugal Tip Tuesday – Homemade Yogurt

I wrote about this a long long time ago. How I wanted to make my own yogurt. We go through so much of it each week, I figured it would be a little cheaper, and healthier too since I know exactly what I put in it.

But it never happened. I pinned the slow cooker recipes/over night oven recipes. My husband even did lots of research and bought me a really great yogurt maker for Christmas. And we never used it. But this past weekend I finally did it! If you follow me on Instagram (don’t be shy, request to follow!) you saw the Saturday night yogurt making party we had.homemade yogurt

It was so easy!

I followed the directions for my maker; heated 2L of whole milk to 82 degrees, cooled the milk to between 44 and 42 degrees, add a little cooled milk to the starter (I used 1/4 c plain Greek yogurt), and add that back into the cooled milk, poor into the maker and leave it for 4.5 hours, and then into the fridge for 8 hours. (To save even more money, you don’t need to purchase a yogurt maker, you can just use your slow cooker! This is a great fool proof recipe to follow)

AND ITS DELICIOUS! You can use whatever kind of milk you like and you can add milk powder, before heating the milk, for extra protein (which I forgot to do, but will do next time). We’ve been eating it with honey and granola and fresh fruit, and the kids loved it with a little strawberry jam.

Obviously the price can very greatly on this, since you can use whatever milk you like, so it may not always be frugal. Adding milk powder will increase the price, but also increases the protein and makes it thicker like Greek yogurt. And Greek yogurt can get pricey! Making it can also be a little finicky depending on what milk you use (whole won’t need anything to thicken it, while skim milk would), and adding different amounts of starter can produce different results. I wrote down on a post it note what I did, so I can adjust next time. My first batch isn’t a thick as I’d like it to be, so I’m going to use more starter and add some milk powder to the next batch.

Give it a try, I’m so glad I finally did!

 

 

 

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