First of all I discovered that the yoghurt I was eating contained cultures but not live ones! Unless the label says Live culture they probably aren't living. So this would explain why it never did my any good when taking antibiotics and I ended up having to buy a chemist version. It was also expensive. Also when I had tried yoghurts with fruit in them I came out in a rash. Every time! On closer inspection these contained all kinds of preservatives.
Cath from The Cheapskates Club got me onto making my own yoghurt and I haven't looked back. There are all kinds of methods and I had been put off by recipes with heating, temperature taking and a lot of fiddling around. This method needs none of that. You can find the way recipe here. I ended up with an Easiyo yoghurt maker with needs no electricity and is really basically a large thermos.
Also I use either real yoghurt as my starter or a couple of spoons of Easiyo starter, either is fine.
Suddenly yogurt goes from expensive to cheap! It is very nutritious and yum. The things you can now make also cheaply are mind boggling! You can also flavour it naturally however you like.
First of all you can make a whole list of things from actual yoghurt. Frozen ice blocks, smoothies and shakes, smoothie cubes, parfaits etc. An easy pizza base is just plain yoghurt mixed with flour to make a dough. This presses out to be a surprisingly good base! I found that half water and half yoghurt worked just as well.
There are so many muffin recipes that use yoghurt. The ones I make are my Miracle Muffins that use basically any ingredients you have on hand. Miracle Muffins. These are so good for breakfasts and lunch boxes. And they freeze perfectly.
I make Naan Bread and that is just my regular bread dough with a few spoons of yoghurt mixed in. This makes it silky smooth. These are so yum! You can also make a two ingredient Naan using just 200g Greek Yoghurt and 1 and 3/4 cups Sr flour. Knead this well, cut into six, roll flat and cooking until lightly charred in a little olive oil in a hot pan.
I make a mint raita with yoghurt, mint and cumin. Just blend away! It is so good with any curry.
With mint in the garden this costs me almost nothing. Yet the girls always ask for containers of it they love it so much!
Then there are cakes. So may cakes contain yoghurt. My main one is my Use it Up recipe that I will add any fruit to.
That recipe is Economical and Yummy Cake. Very easy and also freezes.
Then you have pancakes, french onion dip, Tatziki, yoghurt and bread crumbed dipped chicken (simply dip chicken into the yoghurt, then the crumbs and bake. That's it!) and as a topping on Lamb Kofta or Glouash...
After you exhaust things to make with yoghurt then you have things you make with either sour cream or buttermilk as yoghurt can usually be used in the place of either.
So my plain Greek Yoghurt goes on top of baked potatoes, into potato bake and even can become a substitute for a cheese sauce. Lynette makes A Moussaka Topping using one cup of yoghurt, 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon plain flour. She beats the eggs and adds the rest. Spreading this on top of moussaka (or lasagne) and bake as normal.
There are countless cakes with sour cream or buttermilk. I am making banana cake that is meant to contain buttermilk and using yoghurt with some water added to get the consistency right. This recipe is a favourite around here. It is on this post The Money Saving Baking Day.
Every time I make Enchiladas I use sour cream so now I use Greek yoghurt in its place. No one has noticed any difference.
Then there is Ranch dressing, other dressings and toppings...
There are just so many possibilities and I have recipes lined up to try yet including Sour Cream apple slice and Southern Fried Chicken by Donna Hay. I keep noticing new recipes to try. Another option is to strain the yoghurt until you have a soft cheese. I am yet to do that but it is on my list when I get my kitchen up and running again. I will report how that goes!
When I made my first batch of yoghurt I had no idea how it would help the rest of the food budget. It is one of the best new things I learned this year! This has worked by eliminating things I buy and giving me ingredients to use in pretty big quantities. Plus I am eating more and it is the real stuff which is good for me.
When I started this post there was grinding happening in the kitchen and now it is Wednesday morning there is glue going down and then flooring! I see a small light at the end of the tunnel! 😊
I hope your week is going well! And I hope if you are in the US that you are safe and dry and ok. Please let us know.
If you have any tips or recipes that use yoghurt please share and between us we will have a good list. I am amazed how this one simple thing has given me so many possibilities! xxx