Saturday, May 24, 2014

kitchen hack: easy greek yogurt

It's probably no surprise to you that I love a good hack that saves me precious time and money. If your a fellow frugal greek yogurt lover, than this post is for you.

This little kitchen hack is an easy, quick alternative to the pricey greek yogurt cups you find in stores. Please note: this is not a substitute for homemade greek yogurt. Homemade still wins the prize for creamy, deliciousness with a slight tang in my book. But sometimes there's just not enough hours in the day to heat the milk, wait for it to cool slightly, and then incubate it until it reaches yogurt consistency. For those days when you're in a pinch and your budget is crunched this hack is a great alternative.

Buy a large container of plain or flavored regular yogurt. Use muslin [it works much better than cheesecloth] and clothespins to create a yogurt strainer over a bowl.
 Dump the yogurt on top of the muslin and let it strain out the whey in the fridge. 
Allow it to strain until it's reached your desired consistency. Three hours is usually enough time, but overnight works too. If you find that the yogurt has become too thick, stir some of the strained whey back in. P.S don't throw out the whey! Use it in place of water in homemade bread or pizza.
Separate the yogurt into individual serving cups for easy access on-the-go. Yields 4/5 servings. Add your toppings of choice [cherries, dark chocolate, and honey roasted almonds top ours] and enjoy!


  1. What a great idea, Caitlin! I usually only buy Greek yogurt on sale because it's so pricey. Wendy loves her Greek yogurt "movies" (smoothies) though, so I'll have to keep this in mind. :)

    1. Thanks Claire - it's definitely an easy solution when Greek yogurt isn't on sale!

  2. I'm pinning this because I love tricks. Where do you buy your muslin?
    Also, beautiful photography.

    1. Thanks Julie! I bought a yard of muslin at Jo-Ann Fabric. I like that it's reusable and doesn't leave strands of fiber behind like cheesecloth can.