See all those pretty jars in the top left section of my fridge? That's all super yummy homemade yogurt! I've been meaning to try making yogurt for a long time now, cause I know how much cheaper it is, and I figured it would probably taste better too. It was totally worth the time and effort!
I used this recipe/method and will definitely use it again. It was clear, easy, and gave great results. I did the whole 4L (gallon) jug of Whole Milk (3.25%), ending up with 4 quart jars and 2 pint jars full of yogurt (Obviously I should have used another quart jar instead of the pints, but I didn't think it would make that much yogurt, so I ended up quickly getting out another pint jar).
In the recipe, she says that she used 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 2 TBSP of vanilla. I cut back the sugar to 1 cup, and it's still really good. Better for the kids that way too! Just for reference sake, when you look at your store bought yogurt, 4 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. That will help you figure out how much sugar is really in it. One of the brands that we have tried that we really liked was Astro vanilla yogurt, and it has 14 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup. That seems like a lot, and my recipe, if I calculated correctly, is less than half that much sugar. Note: you can actually see a container of the store bought yogurt I usually buy, in the shelf under my homemade jars. It's Astro Original Balkan Style. That is what I used as my yogurt starter because it's just milk, cream, and active bacterial culture. No additives.
My kids all love it, and I really do too. The amount of yogurt that we made, all for a $5 jug of milk, should last us about a month, and would have cost between $15-20 in the store! And because I made it in canning jars, they actually sealed in the process, which will keep them good for a long time.
If you've never made your own yogurt, I highly recommend giving it a try!