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Make Your Own Yogurt

Oct-26-2017 By Frugal 101

Last week I wrote about a must-have item in our home – a bread maker. The bread maker was the first item that I actually insisted on buying (Usually I would protest when my husband wants to buy any innovations). The yogurt maker was the second and so far the last kitchen appliance that I bought. It was only about $20 and it was worth every penny. It saves us plenty of money and the yogurt comes out delicious (and healthy!)

Just to be clear – you don’t need a yogurt maker to make yogurt. However, it makes the job MUCH easier. It is very easy to clean also (a big must for me).

Since I was going for the cheapest, I got a very basic yogurt maker off of Amazon. This is the one I have:

Salton YM9 1-Quart

(unfortunately it seems to be out of stock now)

I bought yogurt culture along with it, just because I didn’t want to pay shipping on Amazon (I needed my order to be $25 to get free shipping) and because I didn’t know any better. You may use yogurt culture when making yogurt, but you don’t have to.

You may buy a cup of plain non-fat yogurt to make your first batch. To make your next batch, you just need to take half a cup of the yogurt you made and set it aside. Oh, and if you don’t use culture, you need dry milk too. Don’t use expired yogurt, because it wouldn’t work (I did it once).

If you need a filler not to pay for shipping, I suggest getting a book, that’s what I usually get. You can easily find a paperback on Amazon, for less than $5.

Yogurt culture may be convenient though, because it lasts very long, but in my experience using yogurt instead of a culture, makes it taste better.

Here are a bunch of good ones also:

Yogurt Makers on Amazon

Remember that yogurt is very good for you. Especially if you make your own. Yogurt boots your immunity, reduces risks of cancer and osteoporosis and helps fight yeast infections.

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  1. mommyof3 Said,

    Homemade yougurt is the best hands down. My kids didn’t eat yogurt until we started making our own. They have fun helping me make it, too.

  2. Frugal 101 Said,

    Mine are still too small to help me make it, but they enjoy eating it for sure. And I have peace that they are eating good natural stuff without 25 questionable ingredients.

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