Saturday, October 29, 2011


A couple of days ago, I stumbled across a blog suggesting we make our own yogurt. I scoffed- I have four kids! Who has time for home-made anything?? Feeling slightly curious, I perused the article. It couldn't really be this easy? A crock pot to make yogurt? What the heck, I'll try it. All the while thinking it would be gross, I began the process. 

The next day we made our normal weekly milk run. We got 8 gallons, one of which was whole milk. Yes people, we go through 8 gallons a week here! I used half of the whole milk gallon and put it in the crock pot. The next day I was amazed. It was yogurt! Ok, Ok, it wasn't as simple as that, but it was really easy. Visit Simple Shortcuts by Stephanie Odea for the 3 easy steps. (Trust me people, if it wasn't easy I wouldn't be doing it.)

It's also a huge money saver. Check out the breakdown here:

cost$2.50 $3.84
cost/oz$0.10 $0.03

I paid $3.84 for homemade yogurt. Buying the same amount of Trix would have cost me $12.80. This is a savings of 70%! (and it's all organic!) For the comparison to Yo Baby Click Here
I made some variations of my own to make it more
 Trix like for my picky preteens.

Cherry/Banana-gently fold in pureed bananas and 1 tsp of cherry gelatin. Caleb thought it was a smoothy, and wanted a straw.

Peaches & Cream- pureed some frozen peaches left over from lunch one day and blended

Vanilla & Honey- 1/4 tsp of vanilla and honey to taste

Vanilla-1/4tsp of vanilla & powdered sugar (this was the biggest hit-go figure, the one with sugar in it!)


HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: Plain yogurt mixed with honey and cinnamon has incredible benefits. Taken with an omega oil supplement it helps facilitate the oil to break down hydrogenated oils(bad guys), which enables them to be burned efficiently, lowering cholesterol. I have extremely high cholesterol, but have avoided meds because I take this everyday. I also have so much more energy when I start my day with this yogurt mixture.

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