Thrifty Tip #19: Don't throw out that milk! Make yogurt!
Okay, so I don't know if you're ever like me...sometimes I over-shoot on the milk purchasing. (sometimes I under-shoot too!) I hate throwing out milk that I think is getting close to spoiling, but I've never really had a great idea for using it up quickly other than to make pudding--which no one needs in gallon quantities!
We also had a little dairy situation going on with Little Man Mac:
So, one day as I was mindlessly meandering about the beautiful pages of Tastespotting, I came across fantastic instructions for homemade yogurt. I was skeptical but yet curious! Making yogurt could kill two birds with one stone, figuratively speaking! No one is killing birds here, people! At least, I hope my boys have not crossed that bridge of crazy boyhood yet!
These are the instructions I followed. The writer is super charming in her instructions. You should check her out!
I'll give you the instructions here, too. It's so unbelievable easy! We've been enjoying this yogurt with fresh strawberries and honey all week!
You'll need 3 quarts of milk (I used 1% but you can use 2% or whole for thicker yogurt), 1/4 c. active plain yogurt, juice from 1/2 lemon (optional).
First, pour 3 quarts of milk into a stainless steel pot.
When milk is cool enough to comfortably keep your finger in it for 10 seconds, (a little gross, I know!) add the yogurt and lemon juice mixture. Stir well. Cover pot and wrap in a large bath towel. Turn off oven and place covered pot in the oven.
After twelve hours, this is the transformation you'll find in your pot:
The results: thick, creamy, tart yogurt! It tastes so good with fresh strawberries and honey!