Use your own yoghurt to make your own yoghurt

A few days ago I posted about making your own yoghurt from store bought packets and here is part two which will save you even more money and further reduce your waste. I shared how easy it is to make your own yoghurt from store bought packets so here is how to stretch your yoghurt and dollars even further.

homemade_yoghurt_ownHow to stretch your store bought yoghurt even further

When you have made your homemade yoghurt from store bought packets and enjoyed it to the last drop. Don’t scrap the pot clean but simply add 200g whole milk powder then fill with water to the top of your container; shake well and then pop in your yoghurt machine (I use an EasiYo one also don’t forget to add boiling water to your yoghurt machine) over night and in the morning you’ll have yummy fresh yoghurt. This makes a nice thick yoghurt though it is a bit more sour as it has no added sugar to it. Just add some yummy fresh fruit and a little honey.

You can do this over and over again. Though personally I would only do this a few times then I’d make a fresh batch from a new packet of store bought yoghurt just to be safe. Though how long you decide to keep doing this is totally up to you. Technically I guess you would only ever need to buy one packet of store bought yoghurt to make your own from and then could keep going with the dregs at the bottom of the jar forever.


I have also made this yoghurt by taking a large tablespoon of yoghurt from a previous batch of yoghurt and mixing it with 200g milk powder, add water to top up your container and then leave it over night in your yoghurt machine (add boiling water to your yoghurt machine). I found only using one tablespoon made a nice but not as thick yoghurt. So I recommend taking at least a cup of previous yoghurt to make a thicker yoghurt.

homemade_yoghurt_nzBoth of these techniques work well and save you heaps of money and waste. Enjoy making your own yoghurt you’ll never go back to store bought yoghurt ever again. Have you tried this technique?

eco_living_nzPart one; Save money and make your own yoghurt

Part two; Use your own yoghurt to make more yoghurt

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7 thoughts on “Use your own yoghurt to make your own yoghurt

  1. Saskia Gibbs
    January 20, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Have you ever tried using the yoghurt maker with left over yoghurt and milk, instead of water and milk powder? I have recently sourced raw milk and I’m keen to use it to make my own yoghurt with it instead of using the packets.

    1. January 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

      I hear you can make it with leftover yoghurt and raw milk (I’ve never tried). I don’t buy raw milk as we use milk powder as it’s half the cost of buying milk. Check out my post on Mx

  2. Meg
    February 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    You can make yoghurt with raw milk and leftover yoghurt, that’s what I do. I was told it’s safer to pasturise it first but then what’s the point of buying raw? I have never been sick from it.

    1. February 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you for sharing. I’m so glad to hear you can make milk from raw milk. Is it still thick and creamy or more runny? Mx

  3. January 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I make my yogurt in a similar way, although I usually used a store bought milk & milk powder mixture. We have also found adding milk powder to milk when making cheese doubles the yield!

    1. January 13, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      That’s a fantastic tip thank you for sharing M x

  4. Shelley
    June 4, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Hey Madeleine,

    Have you tried Caspian Sea yoghurt culture? I really want to track down someone who has some so I can get a starter from them!