Me and the kids visited some of our homesteading friends the other day, and they were telling me how they make their own yogurt. They explained how much cheaper it is than buying store bought containers, and that you don’t even have to have a yogurt maker to do it!
This whole time I thought I had to have some fancy machine to make the yogurt for me. So hearing how easy it is to actually make it, even from store bought milk, I thought I’d give it a shot.
They make theirs a different way than what I did. Melissa, if you read this post I’d love it if you could tell me again how you do yours!! Here is what I did:
Homemade Yogurt: With No Yogurt Maker!
- 1 qt. whole milk
- 3 Tbsp. plain Dannon yogurt
I set my oven on the lowest setting it would go, which was 160*. As the oven preheated, I mixed my ingredients well in a casserole dish. I covered the dish with foil. When the oven was ready, I turned it off and put my dish in to sit. It sat there all day, about 12 hours (I actually forgot that it was in there!).
That night I pulled it out and it was nice and ready. It’s a little runnier than store bought, but that’s normal. You can add powdered milk to it to make it thicker if you like. It tasted much like store-bought plain yogurt, which I don’t like very much by itself. It will be good for smoothies though!
So, here’s the breakdown:
Cost of the milk: $2.39/gallon = approx. $0.60 for the quart used
Cost of the yogurt: $2.08/32 oz = approx. $.10 for the 3 Tbsp used
Total cost of 1 qt. homemade yogurt = $.70!
Cost of 1 qt. store bought yogurt = $2.08
So, we can definitely see that it’s much cheaper to make your own!!
A few pointers for next time:
- only buy a small cup of plain yogurt as your starter, instead of a huge one. Now I have an almost full container of store bought yogurt, plus another quart of the homemade stuff! Guess we’ll be eating a lot of yogurt next week!
- buy Organic. It may cost a little more initially, but the homemade yogurt you end up with will still cost significantly less than continuing to buy store bought, and it will be better for you.
If you are like me and don’t like plain yogurt, you can sweeten it with sugar, honey, ripe fruit, or jelly.
Do you make your own homemade yogurt?? I’d love to hear how you do it, and any recipes you may have!