Friday, January 28, 2011


To add to the list of unbelievably easy food products you can make yourself: Yogurt. With about 20 minutes of work and a gallon of homogenized milk, I was able to make a gallon of yogurt. So instead of paying $2.99 for about 750ml of yogurt I paid $5.49 for 4000ml.

The process is quite simple. You need a gallon of homogenized milk that you bring almost to a boil (90 C – use a thermometer), and then cool it down in the pot in some cool water to about 55 C. Now you stir in a small cup of existing yogurt, and mix very well. Pour the mixture into sterilized jars to be placed in a cooler filled with 55 C water for 3 hours.


Just place it in the refrigerator and it should stay for about a month. Save a bit for the next time you make it and you don’t have to buy yogurt again! It seems a bit labourious but is actually fun. I had a good time at least (me = boring person apparently). It is however, something that needs attention while you are making it; not ideal to do with a crazy 2.5 year old at your feet.  Give it a try and tell me how it worked out.

Also, you can add a cup or two of sugar to the cooled, pre-bottled, mix to sweeten it. We were also thinking of adding berries to the bottoms to make our own ‘fruit on the bottom’ yogurt. We are going to try making yogurt pops in the freezer for the kids. We’ll let you know how it turns out.

For a very detailed way of making it (where we got it from) visit:

Food Waste Friday

So this is all we wasted this week. Not too bad this week, we keep getting better. The yellow things are the hard taco shells we tried to make that turned out terribly.


  1. You're doing a great job content-wise, which is the main thing...but I have a few suggestions for design and ease-of use, especially regarding your question about comments by members/non-members. send me an email at (fellow canadian reading the frugal girl!) and we can go into it a little more.

  2. I like the new title bar!! Good job on the yogurt...are you going to go through 4L in a month?

  3. Hi Adam and Erin:

    I'm really enjoying following your blog ... am so impressed by what you are doing. I am learning a lot ... and now I want to make my own yogurt!

    You're both amazing! Love, Cindy

  4. We use a lot of yogurt in smoothies , YOP for the kids, in bread, for breakfast, and Hannah's school lunches, so I'm sure we'll make it through the batch in a month. Hopefully I remember to keep a bit for the next batch!

    Hi Cindy, thanks for reading and good to hear from you.