Save money make your own yoghurt

Yoghurt is a yummy snack and has so many uses and flavours. Store bought yoghurt is often full of sugar and is expensive plus you have all the packaging to deal with! So save yourself a bunch of money and make your own. I’m going to do a series on making your own yoghurt. This is the first part in my series.

homemade_save_nzMake your own yoghurt using store bought ready mixes

The quickest and easiest way to make your own yoghurt is to buy/ get a yoghurt maker. In New Zealand the two most easy accessible companies in NZ are EasiYo and Hansells. You can buy the machines at most supermarkets.

You can then buy either EasiYo or Hansell packet yoghurt from the supermarket. I buy whichever brand is on sale they both work in both machines. You can choose from heaps of different flavours in full fat or lite or flavours with bits in them. I have tried many flavours from both companies and they have all turned out well. They have all make really good quality yoghurt much like the fancy store bought yoghurts rather than the watery cheap yoghurts.

How to make your yoghurt

Boil the jug then fill the machine with boiling water up to the marked line.

Then take the yoghurt container and halfish fill the container with tepid drinking water then empty your yoghurt packet into the container. Shake the container until the powder completely dissolves in the water. Then fill the container to the top with water put on the lid. Give it another good shake and place it in the yoghurt maker. Leave on the bench over night. In the winter I wrap a towel around the maker to keep it extra warm.

Once the yoghurt has set place it in the fridge. If your yoghurt didn’t set add more boiling water to the machine and leave it on the bench for another few hours.

This homemade yoghurt will keep for one to two weeks depending on what flavour you’ve made. Check the packet to see what they recommend.

So there you go you’ve made your own yoghurt! Well done.

The yoghurt packages sell for around NZ$2.50 – $4.50 depending on if they are on sale or not. I used to stock up when they were on sale. One packet makes 1L of yoghurt.

Tubs of supermarket yoghurt sell for NZ$4.50 to $15 per litre. Not to mention how much those tiny single serve tubs cost plus how much waste they create!!! You can make your own single serve tub by pouring some homemade yoghurt into small sealable containers. Great for school or work lunches

Save yourself 45% to 75% and make your own yoghurt!!

homestead_nz_ecoPS I have to add that the yoghurt packets are made of foil and so sadly can’t be recycled. This means creating waste that is thrown out. I wish they made the packets out of recyclable materials.

Part one; Save money and make your own yoghurt

Part two; Use your own yoghurt to make more yoghurt

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15 thoughts on “Save money make your own yoghurt

  1. Lainey Te Whatu
    January 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Do you know if you can make smaller quantities, mine always goes off before I can finish the whole lot.

    1. January 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I would try making half the amount. (obviously you’ll need half the water too he he ). You’d need to measure this I think. Also once your yoghurt packet is open just store it in the fridge till you want to use the rest. Let me know how you go doll. Mx

      1. Gemma Bergin
        January 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm

        Lainey, Peak New Zealand has just released smaller ones (500g), available at Countdown, heres the link for the info:

        1. January 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

          Thanks so much for sharing Gemma. Good to know Mx

  2. Belinda Howard
    January 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Don’t need the sachets!! I make yoghurt in the Easiyo with a litre of milk and a couple of tablespoons of natural yoghurt (I get a single serve tub of something cheap at the supermarket). Then when you’ve got a batch made, take out a couple of tablespoons to act as a starter for the next batch.

    1. January 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Great minds think a like! Thanks for sharing how you make yoghurt. stay tuned for part to Mx

    2. Anonymous
      February 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Sounds great but is it thick like Greek or runny….

      1. February 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

        It all depends on what flavour you buy. You can buy more running ones right through to super thick Greek ones. Personally I buy the full fat Greek ones. However you can buy whatever you like. Mx

    3. jen phillips
      February 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Hi, yes, I was going to say, I would have thought it was much more ‘eco’ if you didnt use the easiyo sachets at all. I make my own natural yoghurt in the same way as you do, using a couple of tablespoons of an acidopholous type yoghurt as a starter. To the person who said it is always too thick or runny, you get the hang of it as you go along. Fattier milk makes a more creamy yoghurt.

      1. April 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm

        Yeah I an trying to help people at all stages from people who have never made yoghurt to the old hats. Thank you for your tips. Mmm Greek yoghurt. yummy M x

  3. Naomi
    January 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    You can also make your own yoghurt using the Easiyo maker or a slow cooker. You just use some existing yoghurt instead of the starter pack. No waste generated. Very popular in the 70s before we had the packs like Easiyo

    1. January 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Very true. Stay tuned for the next part in the yoghurt series. Mx

  4. Andrea Graves
    January 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I reckon my way’s even better! I just put half a cup or so of my Caspian Sea yoghurt into a clean glass jar, top it up with milk and sit it on the bench at room temperature. A day later I have a new jar of yoghurt. NO packaging apart from the milk, and nothing to buy apart from the milk. Not even a jug to boil. Plus it’s meant to be very probiotic. See my post on it here, including where to buy it:

    1. January 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing this Andrea. What a great post some wonderful ideas there. I am so going to make your silverbeet smoothy!!! Mx