You Guessed It!

Wow, you guys are smart. Smarter than me, at least.

A month ago I wouldn’t have had any idea what this was.

And now it has become one of my most frequently used kitchen appliances.

You guessed it! It’s a yogurt maker!

Now typically I’m not big on single use appliances, but I will say that this blue beauty got me off my butt to finally make my own homemade yogurt. And that’s worth the cabinet space.

And even though once upon a time (probably in a hospital room drugged up on morphine) I said I would NEVER make my own yogurt, I have to tell you, I love it.

Because I just get so excited when frugal and healthy living intersect.

Not only is making yogurt at home much cheaper than buying it at the grocery, but it’s better for us without added sugar or other “stuff.”

Plus I can put whatever I want in it! Banana? Strawberry? Honey? Avocado? Okay, I haven’t tried that last one, but it could be good…

There isn’t much to making the yogurt. Just heat up a quart of milk to boiling, let it cool to room temperature, add in your starter (4oz of plain yogurt) and place jars in the machine for 8-12 hours. It even has an alarm for when the timer is up. Which went off at 5:30 this morning. Because I wasn’t thinking when I started this process at 6 o’clock last night.

The only gripe I have about the yogurt maker (other than it being a one-trick pony) is that the glass containers are an awkward 6oz size and there isn’t any room to add your mix-ins to the jar. So what I usually do is remove the amount of yogurt I want and add my flavorings in a separate bowl. It’s an extra dish to wash, but I guess that’s not so bad.

Oh, I guess I have one more gripe… It only makes a quart of yogurt at a time, so I have been busting it out about once a week to replenish our stock. Because Allison loves her yogurt and banila (granola).

Have you ever tried making your own yogurt?

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5 Responses to You Guessed It!

  1. Holly says:

    Awesome! :) Hahah I feel clever now, since my guess was right! Nevermind that I copied all the other people who had the idea before me! :)

  2. Kim Windle says:

    Yes, and I was not successful. Maybe bc I idn’t have a cool blue machine.

    • Jen says:

      I see lots of people without yogurt makers produce homemade yogurt successfully, but it has always intimidated me because it has to be held at a certain temperature for such a long time. This definitely takes the fear out of it.

  3. I guessed correctly too :) But then I started my yoghurt making with a yoghurt machine too. Then I accidently had an attack of what you would refer to as mommy brain and boiled the lids. They don’t like that and warped to show their dissatisfaction :(

    That’s when I discovered the Frugal Girl and followed her procedure. The same steps as you are already doing only pour your yoghurt into larger mason jars (or resuse pasta sauce jars like I do) and then place them into a lidded cooler of hot tap water for 3 hours. Dry jars and place in fridge for a few hours before using.

    Btw, love the Food Waster Friday button you sent over to Kristen. I’ll be sporting it on my blog today with a link to you for kudos :)

    • Jen says:

      Oh, you are so sweet! But I can’t take all the credit. She made the button, I just sent her the code. :)

      I imagine I’ll graduate to a larger scale yogurt production in the future. (Especially since I didn’t realize that they only needed to set up for 3 hours!) Thanks for the info! You really do make it seem easy!