Home made yoghurt

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I make my own yoghurt. You are constantly being told to make things from scratch and this is one that is cheaper, and healthier, to make at home. An added bonus is that it only take 10 or so minutes to make.

I got the recipe from Celia’s wonderful blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and have been making it on and off for the past couple of years.

I bought the yoghurt maker at Aldi and, 2 years later, it’s still going strong. It’s like a big thermos and l know that there are more expensive ones out there, but this does me fine.

Okay, recipe. You need 1 litre of full fat milk, again l buy mine from Aldi. Put 500ml of milk in the container. Add 4 heaped tablespoons of milk powder, Aldi bought again.

20170329_192955 This now has to be combined thoroughly. I usually shake the container to combine the ingredients, but you can just give it a good stir with a spoon.

Next up is adding the starter. When l first started making this yoghurt, way back when, l added 1 heaped tablespoon of shop bought yoghurt to the mix. This yoghurt already has the beneficial bacteria and such, so put that it and combine. If you want to keep making your own yoghurt you keep a reserve of this combined yoghurt, milk and powder. I usually keep a few tablespoons aside.

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This is my starter for next week and it’s this step that keeps home made yoghurt cheaper than shop bought. Add the remaining milk, give it a final stir to combine and then place into the yoghurt maker which already has boiled water in it. My yoghurt maker has a water mark on it so l know how much to put it. A general rule of thumb is to make sure the water comes up to just below the lid.

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Leave the yoghurt maker undisturbed for at least 10 or so hours; l usually make mine around 7/7.30 in the evening and leave it overnight. This is greek yoghurt l’m making so the longer l leave it, the more tart the taste.

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I then put it in old yoghurt containers and enjoy eating it. Each 1 litre batch costs me 90 cents, which is the cost of the milk. The milk powder last for weeks and l am using my own starter. It may only save me a couple of dollars each week, but, that adds up over the year and there’s another good reason why l make my own.

It’s only when you first taste your home made yoghurt that you realise just how much added sugar is being put in the commercial brands. I can load the bowl up with yoghurt and fresh straberries and it still won’t taste as sweet as shop bought.

Added sugars are everywhere and it makes me mad to think that a product, like yoghurt, that people are eating for their health, is being laced with sugar. There is no need to have sugar in yoghurt. Once you get used to eating your own you realise this.

So that’s why l make my own yoghurt. Do you make your own yoghurt?

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