When I first thought about making my own yogurt, I was scared out of my mind. How long does that take? What all do I have to buy? Would I have to order special ingredients online? It probably costs way more than the store bought tub of plain yogurt. And it is probably a complicated process to make yogurt.
After adopting a sweet, little girl, who could eat a gallon of yogurt all by herself if we let her, I’ve decided to figure out this yogurt making business. After researching lots of recipes online and spending way too much money on store bought yogurt, I have finally converted over to making my own.
It is so much cheaper than store bought. And it is really EASY to make. All you have to do is turn your crockpot on and off. That simple. If you can’t do that, then you have other problems.
Click here for the recipe that I use. This recipe is plain and unsweetened.
If you can’t stand plain, unsweetened yogurt like I do, add some sugar (or splenda) to the yogurt before you let it sit for 8-12 hours. I would start with a ¼ cup and work your way to a ½ cup of sugar, depending on your sweetness preference. And you could even add a couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract to give the yogurt more flavor.
After the yogurt chills in the refrigerator, I spoon individual serving sizes into small plastic containers and add a couple of tablespoons of pie filling to each container for flavored yogurt.
Here is the break down on the cost of plain yogurt:
Store bought (generic brand, in the pint size container) plain yogurt for 2 quarts: $3.76
Homemade plain yogurt for 2 quarts: $1.90
-I can get milk at Sav A Lot for $3.80/gallon. I only need a half of a gallon for this recipe.
Using the homemade version, I saved $1.86 on plain yogurt. And I make this recipe twice a month. Let’s do some simple math to see how much I could save in a year by making my own yogurt:
Storebought plain yogurt: $7.52/month or $90.24/year
Homemade plain yogurt: $3.80/month or $45.60/year
That’s $44.64 a year that I am saving just by making my own yogurt at home. I know it doesn’t seem like a whole lot of money that I am saving by making it myself, but every little bit helps, especially if you are trying to get out of debt or save up for your adoption. We have a limited amount of income each year because my husband is in school, so if we want to adopt again-debt free, which we do, we have to save every penny!
Ok now let’s talk about flavored yogurt, because I’m sure half of the people reading this hates plain yogurt-like I do. Once again, I really don’t know how my daughter can eat plain, non-sweetened yogurt.
You obviously can’t buy pints (1 qt.) of flavored yogurt, unless it is in Vanilla. You have to buy the individual serving sizes, which wastes a lot of space in your refrigerator and cost a small fortune in your grocery budget.
Here is the breakdown on the flavored yogurt:
Storebought flavored yogurt (for 2 qts.): $5.50
($.50 per 6 oz. of flavored yogurt, generic brand) For 2 quarts you would need roughly 11 containers of flavored yogurt.
Homemade flavored yogurt (for 2 qts.): $3.89
(I can usually get a can of pie filling for $1.99, but some can be more expensive than this.)
*If you do not want to use pie filling, you could puree your favorite fruit in a blender for a more “natural” yogurt. Frozen fruit can also be a cheaper alternative than fresh, especially if the fruit is not in season.
With using pie filling in the homemade yogurt, I have saved $1.61. I could switch over to frozen fruit and probably save even more. But sometimes I can find coupons for pie filling, which would make my homemade version even cheaper.
Wow, look at these savings! The cost of homemade, flavored yogurt is almost the equivalent of the store bought plain yogurt. And after reviewing these numbers, I am considering switching to the frozen fruit to help save us more mula!
If you are a greek yogurt fan, there are a ton of recipes for homemade greek yogurt. If you find a good one, send it to me and I’ll post it.
For more homemade recipes like this, click here.