Have you ever made your own yogurt? Well I hadn’t until just recently, and now I’m hooked. I never thought it could be so easy and so good. In general, I’m a big fan of yogurt, but I stopped buying it because of all of the waste from those little yogurt containers. While there is still a little bit of waste from the milk containers, we can recycle them here in North Carolina without a problem. So I feel much less guilty about eating yogurt now!
I’ve been using this method to make our yogurt. I’ve found that using 6 cups of reduced fat milk (2%) and 3 tablespoons of plain Chobani yogurt (as a starter) results in enough yummy yogurt to fill two 24-ounce mason jars. Once you’ve made a batch, you can save a little bit of the yogurt to start your next batch – eliminating the need to buy any yogurt as a starter.
Homemade Yogurt and Peach Parfait
One of my favorite things to do with yogurt is add a little fruit and some granola and make it into a yogurt parfait. For this parfait I used some local peaches and a little homemade peach jam that I made at a canning class. You can substitute any kind of stone fruit or berries that you have on hand.
- 1 cup of homemade yogurt
- ½ of a ripe peach, diced
- 1-2 tablespoons peach jam (optional)
- 2-3 tablespoons of granola
Layer the ingredients in a dish and enjoy!
Tasty Easy Healthy Green Recipe Ratings:
|Recipe Report Card||Notes About Recipe Ratings|
Four Chefs (Delicious!)
|It really is better homemade.|
Three Easy Chairs (Average Difficulty)
|The actual process for making the yogurt is pretty straightforward, but it does require some special equipment—a thermometer and a cooler. Both of these items are pretty easy to find if you don’t have them already.|
Four Apples (Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise)
|Packed with protein and probiotics, yogurt can be a healthy way to start your day. I have not tried making this yogurt with low-fat or non-fat milk, but I think it would probably work.|
Four Leaves (Mother Earth Approved)
|While the milk was organic, the yogurt I used as a starter was not.|