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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Anybody?

Anyone out there making their own yogurt?  Is it financially comparable to buying it ready made?  Does it taste better?  Is it difficult?  Is it worth the time and effort?  Do you use a yogurt maker or just use a recipe and a kitchen pot?  Have you tried both ways.  Which one works best?    Do you use fat reduced milk or full fat milk?  What kind of starter do you use?
We eat a fair amount of yogurt and at over six dollars a tub we are going through quite a bit of money on yogurt alone.  We buy the plain Greek yogurt.  I'd like to make our own even if it is price comparable because I could be assured that no chemicals preservatives sugar or salt has been added.  Of course, I don't know what's in the starter so that could be almost as bad as buying commercially prepared yogurt.  Anyone have any answers...suggestions....advice....experience to share?

9 comments:

  1. Back in the day, I made yogurt. I made it in glass jars in warm water in the oven, as I recall. We're talking the seventies, here. Store bought simply became too expensive. My mother refused to eat it because of the expense. Actually, she never even tried it. New fangled stuff. Then her doctor recommended she eat yogurt. We used plain vanilla store bought for the starter. It's like sourdough. I showed her how, and eventually bought her the little warming machine with glass jars and she made her own. She probably "cheated" those stores out of a few thousand dollars with her home made.

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  2. I will be interested in seeing the responses. Like almost everything else I suspect it is better than store bought - in taste, in freshness, in price.

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  3. Here is the recipe and method I would try if I was going to make yogurt: http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2009/10/how-to-make-homemade-yogurt-2/ ... and here is her info about Greek yogurt: http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2013/05/monday-qa-homemade-greek-yogurt-plus-homeschool-schedules/ (Read the first one, first, as the Greek info refers you back to it anyway.)

    I don't make homemade-much-of-anything, otherwise I would have tried this already. But I read a lot! So this is chosen from a lot of recipes I've seen.

    Be warned that the Frugal Girl's site takes a few seconds more to load than blogs usually do, and for me at least it is prone to freezing up. My computer guru son says the problem is on the FG's site (not robust enough for what she has on there), but you should be good to check those two posts at least.

    Good luck, and let us know how you get along with your new project.

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  4. I'm devouring a bowl of yoghurt with banana, grapes and dried cranberries in it at this moment. I've never made my own. I couldn't be bothered...call me "Lazy", I don't mind. A couple of friends have, at times, made their own yoghurt...minus a yoghurt maker as far as I'm aware.

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  5. I worked with a lady once who was a fanatic about making yogurt. She talked about it all the time. She would bring it for lunch. It drove me crazy. I don't know why. Maybe because she was so damn healthy:-)

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  6. Thanks for your input folks. I've pretty much decided on a Cuisinart yogurt maker. I don't want to make vanilla flavoured though...just plain.

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  7. I used to make my own, with a yoghurt maker that still lives in my cupboard and the packets of plain Greek yoghurt mix, that appears to be nothing more than powdered milk although it probably has something else in it. Then the price of 1kg tubs of yoghurt came down and I went back to buying it. Vanilla flavour and one tub lasts me for five breakfasts.

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  8. I live around the corner from a dairy farm that makes their own yogurt. That is as close as I get to home made.

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  9. Just read through your post and the comments. Some good tips and links.
    Happy yoghurt making - do please let us know how it goes.

    All the best Jan

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