When I came across this blog post about making your own gogurts, I was so excited, man.
I was geeking out, seriously. That’s a self-reliant “cooking” idea if I ever saw one. And I just happened to have all the equipment.
It was really easy. Kinda time consuming, but not bad. Certainly not as long as canning 40 lbs of cherries. Here’s all you do:
First of all, get yourself some yogurt. I made myself some homemade yogurt. Cheaper, easy, a simpler taste, it was perfect for this.
I decided to make chocolate and cherry flavored. You can stick with vanilla, or choose a flavor you’ll love.
For the chocolate, I added some chocolate syrup. I’d recommend adding a little sugar too, because I didn’t at first and it wasn’t great…sour chocolate!
Anyway, once you’ve got your yogurt, go ahead and get out your Food Saver. You’ll want to put a roll in and seal the end. Roll it out an inch and a half or so, and seal again. The next seal you do is only going to be about a half inch, because it will be the beginning of the next packet. So here’s the pattern: Seal, go over an inch and a half, seal, go over half an inch, seal, go over an inch and a half, seal, etc.
Now pour your yogurt in. The instructions I read were to pour the yogurt into a plastic baggy and cut a corner out, but I made too big a mess doing that. I simply stuck a funnel into the opening of the plastic and poured it in that way. Each packet held a little less than 1/2 cup. Leave about 2 inches of space at the top.
Seal your plastic. NOTE: DON’T “Vacuum and seal”. Just seal. Now you’ve got a homemade yogurt stick!
Throw them in the freezer and take them out an hour or so before you eat them. OR, you can eat them right out of the freezer and enjoy a frozen yogurt “popsicle”. The kids love the cherry flavored ones! I don’t know what I’m going to do with my sour chocolates. Maybe eat them with a bowl of sugar…dip them in the sugar before each bite…KIDDING. Maybe.
This is another lovely after-school snack that is ready to go at a moments notice! Enjoy.