I bought a "yogurt maker kit/system" a couple of years ago. Truth be told, making yogurt had never been easier! But it was definitely not cheaper. If I had the extra budget, I would buy the yogurt-maker's powdered yogurt mixes, otherwise, I tended to buy the cheaper, ready-made yogurt in the supermarket. But hubby really prefers homemade yogurt, simply because the supermarket yogurt has sugar in it.
Recently however, someone told me that I could actually use the yogurt maker
kit to make my own yogurt and not using their mix! I didn't really have to use the kit with its
branded yogurt mix. I actually felt rather stupid for not thinking of
it on my own. Maybe it was because I believed the small print in its
brochure, which said that the kit was best suited with their yogurt
mixes; that it was not recommended to use the kit for other purposes.
I went back to the "original" recipe I started with years ago - add old
yogurt (a small tub) to (almost 1 liter of) milk to make new yogurt.
tried it. I got old yogurt, mixed it with heated then cooled milk.
Then I placed it in the yogurt maker kit's inner jar and incubated it in
the yogurt maker thermos.
Viola! I got the best of both
worlds! And I've been continuously making yogurt with the previous
batch's "old" yogurt! I'm on my 4th generation already! The farthest I
got before was 6th generation... but the same someone also gave me a
hint to "surpass" the weakening strain... but for that I need to
Anyway, since hubby prefers a thicker
yogurt, I strain my 1 liter overnight. I use the whey for hubby's
smoothies, and the resulting Greek-style yogurt is perfect with
fruits... healthy breakfast, right?
The only downside? Straining the yogurt to make Greek-style yogurt results in less than 2 cups of Greek-style yogurt!
For each serving, toss 100 to 200 grams strawberries with 1 teaspoon sugar; let stand several minutes (the berries will exude some liquid). Slice a banana into rounds. Arrange the fruit in a small bowl of Greek-style yogurt. Sweeten, to taste.
Fast, easy, and delicious!