I'm not doing so well in the save-money-by-doing-it-yourself department. Not well at all.
Last week I wanted to try making my own yogurt. I first read about yogurt making in the The Tightwad Gazette. I watched Alton Brown make yogurt on Good Eats. Then yogurt-in-the-crockpot hit the internet a few years ago. It seemed so easy. It also seemed cost-effective. We love yogurt, and we eat a lot of it.
I always have almond milk on hand and don't always have regular milk. So I used this recipe. I was so excited. I couldn't wait to have yummy homemade yogurt.
Instead all I got was a great big flop. I don't know what I did wrong exactly, but I sure as heck didn't get yogurt. :(
I may try one of the alternate yogurt-making methods (the heating pad is supposed to be fool-proof) if I decide to give it another whirl. Or I may just buy yogurt at the store. I can buy 32 ounces of Dannon vanilla yogurt for $2.99 ($0.09 per oz.). Nostimo vanilla Greek yogurt is $0.88 for 6 oz. ($0.15 per oz.). To make the yogurt, I need a half gallon of milk (the almond milk I used was $2.99), plus 1/2 cup of yogurt (I used the above-mentioned Nostimo). That makes the cost for 64 oz. of yogurt $3.87, or $0.06 per oz. Not really huge savings there--especially when you consider that store-bought yogurt goes on sale and has coupons.
But we'll see. I may try again and have it go a bit better. :) If so, I'll revisit the calculations and reevaluate whether I want to add yogurt-making to my homemaking routine.