Homemade yogurt is half the price

If your household is anything like mine, you will go through a large amount of yogurt. We love yogurt with fruit, with curry, with chilli con carne, for breakfast, as a snack…it’s such a versatile food.

Earlier in the year I blogged about cheap live yogurt and studied the price difference between top brands such as Activia and a cheap live yogurt found down the world food isle in supermarkets called Henna. It costs around £1 for a 1kg tub which is pretty cheap. However, I have recently got back into making my own yogurt as it works out even cheaper.

Yogurt makers are relatively cheap. If you do a quick Google Shopping search the cheapest comes in at just over £13. We found ours at a car boot sale for £3.

They are so easy to use and I manage to make it at less than half the price of Henna yogurt. Only a teaspoon of live yogurt is required to turn milk into live yogurt. The first time around you will need to buy some live yogurt but thereafter you can use a teaspoon form each batch to make the next.

UHT milk seems to work best. Normally I get semi skimmed but I recently discovered skimmed works just as well. My yogurt makes takes 6 glasses and a 1 litre carton of skimmed UHT milk costs 49p from Morrisons and makes me 1 and a half rounds of yogurt. Dave has a clever device that plugs into a socket and when an electronic device is plugged into it, it measures how much power it uses. The yogurt makes needs to be on for around 8 hours and uses 0.017kwh and this worked out at less than 1p to run for 8 hours!

The Henna yogurt comes in 1kg tabs but the milk for the homemade yogurt is measured in litres.  It works out that it costs around just 50p to make 1litre of yogurt. For the purpose of this comparison lets say that 1litre of yogurt is equal to 1kg of yogurt. This means that it’s half the price of the cheapest live yogurt available in most supermarkets, and just as tasty!

And what better way to enjoy cheap, homemade yogurt than with a few free, wild harvested blackberries. Yum yum.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.

  • CJ

    Making your own yoghurt is easy isn't it. I just use a wide-necked Thermos flask. I rinse it with boiling water to sterilise (and warm) it, then put in the boiled and cooled milk with a teaspoon of yoghurt and leave overnight until it sounds thick when I shake it. I'm happy to have found your blog, I think we like lots of the same things. CJ xx

  • Wow that is really surprising. I can't eat regular yogurt usually (lactose intolerant) but my children get through loads. Thanks for the tip. xx