Making your own Yogurt

Have you ever tried making your own yogurt? I popped into Sainsbury’s last night to buy a few bits that they don’t sell in Aldi. I was debating how many Lactofree yogurts I could afford (ie none really as I really need to stretch my budget!). They were £1.50 for four little pots; not extortionate but I could get six Sainsbury’s fruit yogurts for £1.

Mix up the ingredients...

Mix up the ingredients…

So, in the spirit of frugality, I decided it was high time I made my own again. It really takes just minutes in my Easiyo Yogurt Maker, so there is no excuse.

Pour boiling water into the yogurt maker...

Pour boiling water into the yogurt maker…

Making your own yogurt

I bought some Lactofree UHT milk, a small pot of live natural yogurt to use as my starter and some dried milk powder to make my yogurt thicker. Ok, this lot won’t be lactose free, but as I have a dairy intolerance rather than an allergy it doesn’t matter that much. However, if anyone can suggest a thickener other than milk powder I would be grateful – I like my yogurt thick!

Put the container of milk and away you go

Put the container of milk and away you go

This morning I mixed a tablespoon of milk powder with the same amount of starter, then whisked in the milk. I filled my yogurt maker up to the required level with boiling water, stood the pot in it and put the lid on. By the time I returned from work it was ready to be chilled.

I have some blackberries in the garden so I will make a purée to mix with the yogurt and take a small pot to work each day. I reckon it will make double the amount contained in the 4 little pots and cost me £1.35 for a litre of Lactofree UHT AND 50p for my starter pot plus about £1 for the milk powder. Next time I won’t have to buy the powder or starter so it will be £1.35 for at least 8 pots of yogurt.

If you don’t mind spending a little more and aren’t lactose intolerant, you can buy loads of delicious mixes to make various types and flavours.

Are you into making your own yogurt? Do you use a yogurt maker?

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9 thoughts on “Making your own Yogurt

  1. Try straining your yoghurt in a sieve lined with muslin or similar overnight to get a thicker consistency. I used to do this when I made yoghurt. Since I’ve cut out dairy I’ve switched to soya yoghurt but haven’t yet tried to make my own although I believe it is possible.

  2. Love the title of this post 🙂

    Straining it would make it thicker and you can always use the liquid in your breadmaking, so that nothing is wasted.

  3. I have been making my own yoghurt for a few years now and wouldn`t go back to ready made/shop bought anymore. Can`t help with the lacto free thickener, but would be inclined to drain the yoghurt in a muslin sack until desired thickness has been reached.

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