Thursday, May 8, 2008

Homemade yogurt!

I was thinking about ways to save money and fun projects and I thought about buying a "yogurt maker" I did the math and calculated that it would pay for itself in 6 months, not bad eh? But then I got to thinking that I really don't want another appliance taking up space at the tiny farm. (Note the "tiny") After a quick internet search I found a fantastic website makeyourownyogurt.com It gives clear step by step instructions (even has a downloadable/printable pdf) on how to make your own yogurt and instead of the store-bought yogurt makers, you use a heating pad, which we already had. Best of all, the directions worked! It clearly states to use plain Dannon brand yogurt, but all we had was Mountain High, which worked just fine.

I made 6 cups of organic yogurt
Cost to me: $1.65
(a net savings of $2.85 over store-bought)
Already saving money, 6 cups of yogurt in re-used jars

5 comments:

maventheavenger aka jamie said...

Thanks for the link.

Tara said...

Awesome link! Can't wait to try it out!!

katie said...

Im interested in trying this. I eat soy yogurt which is even more expensive than the fanciest dairy yogurt. I have heard it works just the same with soy milk. If I try it I will let you know how it goes!

rachelbess said...

Katie- I'd be really interested to know about how the soy yogurt works out. Are you vegan?

Reepsy said...

Rachel,

Thanks for the link to my homemade yogurt website. People from around the world have contacted me, telling me how they too are now making their own yogurt at home.

A "Pro" tip I just picked up, and thought you might like, is that you can get your yogurt just as thick as the store bought stuff, without adding anything. If you have 30 minutes to spare, you hold the 185F temperature on the milk for half an hour. This denatures the milk proteins, and allows more of your cultures to come through in the finished product. But is doesn't add any tartness. So if texture is important to you, give it a Shot!