Ingredients for 1 batch of yogurt ( 1 gallon of milk will make 3 batches of yogurt!)
- 4 cups of milk
- 1/4 cup dry powder milk ( if making greek yogurt, leave out if making regular yogurt)
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt, or a yogurt starter. ( yogurt needs the live cultures, 2 tbsp of your previous batch will also work, but only use those cultures for 2-3 batches before purchasing a new starter or yogurt container. I purchase 1 yogurt container per gallon of milk)
Step 1: Bring milk to a boil ( about 180 degrees) this will kill any bacteria in the milk
Step 2: Allow milk to cool to room temperature ( around 68 degrees)
Step 3: Plug in yogurt maker and allow to heat while milk cools. I allow my machine to warm up because we keep the house around 62 degrees in the fall/winter.
Step 4: Add powder milk ( if making greek yogurt) and yogurt culture ( either store bought yogurt or a yogurt starter). Stir well.
Step 5: Use yogurt maker as directed! For my machine I fill each yogurt cup and place in the machine uncovered.
Step 6: Place the yogurt machine cover on and turn dial to the time that the yogurt will be ready. This is not a timer on my machine, just a reminder of the time your yogurt will be finished. I allow my yogurt to ferment for the full 10 hours since the temperature in the house is cooler.
The best price that I found my yogurt maker for was on Amazon. Here is the yogurt maker that I use and love:
To make flavored yogurt just add any ingredients you like! Granola, fruits, honey… the options are endless!! Stay tuned for after my yogurt is done as I start posting all of our favorite flavoring for yogurt!! Yogurt is also great to use in baking, smoothies, and dips!!
I only buy organic/natural yogurt so the price is typically $1.09-$1.39 per 8 oz container, or $3.69 for the large containers.
By making my yogurt I am savings a ton of money. The milk is under $6.00 per gallon if you are buying organic or around $3.50 if you are buying the rBst free milk at Whole Foods. I always make sure the milk at a minimum is the rBst free milk. I prefer the organic milk, but depending on the week and the price of organic milk I will buy the rbst/hormone free milk.
Here is my savings on making my own yogurt:
1 gallon = 16 cups Organic Milk $6.00 ($0.38 per cup) rBst/Hormone free milk $3.50 ( s0.22 per cup)
1 batch of yogurt = 4 cups of milk Organic Milk $1.52 rBst/Hormone free milk $0.88
1 batch of yogurt = 7 small containers of yogurt ( $7.63 at the store) or a little of 1 of the large containers ($ 5.53 if using coupons at the store)
I also have the cost of powdered milk ($0.55) and a small yogurt container ( as a starter for $1.09, 1 starter per three batches! or $0.34 per batch)
Each batch of yogurt costs: Organic: $2.41 or rbst/hormone free milk $1.77
The savings is unbelievable when you break it down per gallon:
1 gallon of milk makes about 3.5 large containers ( Savings of: $ I) or 21 small containers ( Savings of:$ 15.66).
Another item crossed off of my List of Things to Accomplish this week!!