Okay, I’m very excited about this, so bear with me!
First of all, I love yogurt and eat it for lunch every day, but so many have artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors. I have been buying Stonyfield Farm brand yogurt for years because I love the creaminess, but it tends to be expensive. I think it’s like $0.85 per 6 ounce cup at Wegman’s or $3.79 for a 32 ounce container. (I buy the large containers of vanilla for myself, but Ben prefers the other individual flavors.) Recently Ben has been liking the Greek style yogurt which is even more expensive, eek!
I had heard making yogurt was easy, but I didn’t know it was THIS easy. Last weekend I used my crockpot to make 64 ounces of delicious yogurt for the cost of half a gallon of milk at $1.71. That adds up to costing about 1/5 of what it costs to buy the volume equivalent of Stonyfield Farm brand yogurt.
I strained about half of it to make the thick Greek style yogurt that Ben loves. The leftover whey can be used in place of the liquid in many baking recipes, is highly nutritious, and keeps well in the refridgerator for a couple weeks. We’ve been swirling in a little honey for sweetness, but honestly, I love the slightly tart plain yogurt flavor. Last night I used it in place of buttermilk when I made banana bread for our Bible study and this morning we ate it with fresh raspberries and a drizzle of honey. Anyhow, I am completely converted. I will be experimenting with more flavors in the near future. Stay tuned. Love you and miss you!