My kids and I really like yogurt. We like flavored yogurt the best, with vanilla and strawberry as top universal flavors. I’m getting tired of buying it though, because I don’t buy it unless it’s on sale and I have a great coupon too. The hassle of watching the sale/finding the coupon is getting too much for me right now, so when I read The Frugal Girl’s post about making yogurt I thought I’d give it a try.
So, on Saturday, I tried. Here’s the recipe from The Frugal Girls’s blog – How to Make Homemade Yogurt. Blue helped me that day (reluctantly) since I wasn’t sure this baby belly would allow me to lift and pour pots and hold jars and get the cooler out of the barn/shed, etc. So during nap time, we went to work.
I did boil/sterilize my jars and next time I will have 5 jars ready. There was a lot of temperature watching. I think since it was my first time making it, I was overly watchful of the temps. They are important, but I wasn’t sure how fast the milk and water would reach the temperatures necessary. We did make the vanilla yogurt (using a vanilla flavored “starter”) and I would suggest adding the full amount suggested, if not a little more.
The biggest hassle was the pouring. I forgot about the suggestion to pour from the pot into a pitcher and THEN into the jars. Pouring from the pot into the jars was a mess – I spilled everywhere! Had I not made such a mess, I think I would’ve needed a 5th jar anyway, so I guess it all worked out. I just hated to have had the waste I did.
After waiting the 3 hours and putting the jars in the refrigerator, we tried some with dinner. It was still warm and a little too runny, so not the best. After curing in the refrigerator for a day, the yogurt was MUCH better. Sorry, I just don’t like warm yogurt. The vanilla taste was slight, but there. Today I had some with granola in it – YUMMY! I also bought frozen strawberries at the grocery, so smoothies are on the menu at some point.
Overall, will I make it again? I think so. I want to try to up the vanilla flavor, use a pitcher to pour into the jars and heat the milk up a little higher then cool it a little lower. I think the heating/cooling will help make it a little thicker. After reading some of the comment and suggestions from other Frugal Girl readers, I also think I’ll use a different brand of starter.
It is WAY cheaper to make it than buy it (especially since I used a gallon of milk purchased with WIC vouchers). The taste is good, the time is no different for me that what I took to search for sale/coupon combinations to make it reasonably priced anyway. Occasionally, I would catch a deal that made the yogurt free at the store, but my new grocery doesn’t double coupons, so those “free yogurt days” are gone.
I shared about my yogurt adventure – your turn! Have you ever attempted homemade yogurt? If you have, what was your experience like? If not, try it and tell me about your experience!