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Making Your Own Flavored Yogurt

This is probably obvious and common knowledge to everybody but I just discovered this. You can make your own flavored yogurts by buying the largest cheapest container of plain yogurt and adding fruit preserve to it. It really cuts down on the cost (and sugar if you choose).

I add about 1 tbsp of strawberry preserve (or any other flavors you want) to 1 cup of plain yogurt. I use Smuckers low sugar preserves to cut down on sugar even more. My husband likes it sweeter so we add one packet of sugar (or splenda if you choose) to his.

Try this and you'll never buy pre-mix expensive yogurt again! :)

I would strongly suggest that you not get grape preserves. Grape preserve, we have found, does not mix well with yogurt or oatmeal. Strawberry seems to be wonderful. I will try peach and apricot next!

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January 26, 20050 found this helpful

It is even better for the waistline if you use the "all-fruit" spreads instead of preserves. Smuckers is my preferred brand.

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January 26, 20050 found this helpful

Actually, I've found that I DON'T save money this way. A 4-cup container of plain yogurt costs $1.98 and the indivdual 1-cup flavored yogurts costs $2. Not enough savings to bother with. It may be different in different parts of the country. I was surprised when I compared prices like that.

coolchinchilla

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January 26, 20050 found this helpful

Another way to flavor yogurt is to use unsweetened drink mixes. Just a bit goes a long way.

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January 26, 20050 found this helpful

You can buy a bottle of sugar free flavoring (irish cream, chocolate, english toffee, french vanilla, etc) at Smart and Final for about $4.00. It only takes a small amount to flavor my 2 quarts of homemade yogurt. It is supposed to be used for coffee, but why not other items?!

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August 21, 20050 found this helpful

Not only have I recently discovered how EASY it is to actually MAKE yogurt, [see "Making Homemade Yogurt" http://www.thri  f837542.tip.html], I have also discovered frugal ways to flavor it. Over ripe bananas that nobody wants to eat & plain yogurt in a blender make a great smoothie. You don't have to add sugar because over-ripe bananas are much sweeter. Leftover fruit salad that's no longer appetizing to look at can be mixed with plain yogurt and a little sweetener for the "fruit on the bottom" type, or blended for a smoothie. I have also used canned or leftover fruit pie filling. If unsweetened yogurt is too tangy for you, a couple drops of vanilla extract helps to make it a little less tangy.

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April 11, 20070 found this helpful

Try the crystal lite flavor powder packets they sell for bottled water! They work great without adding extra calories.

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May 22, 20070 found this helpful

FABULOUS IDEA! I accidentally picked up a huge carton of plain yogurt thinking it was vanilla - now I know what to do with it! Thank you!

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May 22, 20070 found this helpful

You can also mix vanilla yogurt with plain yogurt 1/2 and 1/2 or to taste.

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February 11, 20090 found this helpful

Coolchinilla - you are saving money. If a 4 cup container costs almost $2 for plain, and a 1-cup container costs $2 each, you're saving yourself $6 by buying a 4 cup of plain.

Unless I'm reading this wrong, you have $6 to spend on flavorings which shouldn't cost anywhere near that to flavor 4 cups. An initial purchase might cost you that much depending on what you're using, but it could be used for more than 4 cups of yogurt, if you know what I mean.

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful

Also, remember that you can buy inexpensive maraschino cherries, frozen orange juice concentrate, canned tart cherries, canned blueberries, etc.

Buy your yogurt in 24oz. containers, whether it is plain or vanilla and add your fruit or flavorings.

If you love the Orange Julius, just add 1 Tbsp. of Orange Juice Concentrate and 2-3 slices of Banana (depending on taste) to 1 Cup of Yogurt - YUM!

This is VERY inexpensive. I will post another recipe for frozen yogurt after I try this recipe.

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December 12, 2012

How can I get my yogurt to taste like sour cream without adding more dairy products, like cottage cheese, to it? I am using non-fat yogurt. I have also tried to make my own yogurt, which is still a work-in-progress [grin].

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