In my apartment, Greek yogurt is a staple.
Without fail, I have it at least once (if not twice) every day. It’s tasty, high in protein, and very versatile. It’s great on its own, but I also like to use it as a topping for oatmeal, sweet potatoes, pancakes, as well as many other uses.
Don’t even get me started on Greek yogurt and granola…
It makes me weak in the knees!
Unfortunately, Greek yogurt comes with a hefty price tag. I have too many expensive habits as it is (Kombucha, nut butter, and gourmet cheese), so adding another isn’t beneficial to my wallet.
Did you know that you can actually make your own Greek yogurt?
You just need a few simple things!
- Fine mesh strainer
- Coffee filter (or a cheese cloth)
- Spoon (totally optional)
- Cling wrap
- Tub of yogurt, preferably organic
I’m using Whole Foods plain, organic low fat yogurt.
I’ve done this with fat free yogurt and it works perfectly fine. I prefer the taste and creaminess of 2% Greek yogurt, so I chose this option.
DIY: Greek Yogurt
Step 1: Line a strainer with a paper coffee filter and place the strainer over a bowl to collect the whey.
Step 2: Add the tub of yogurt.
Step 3: Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight (about 10-12 hours).
Step 4: In the morning you will have thick, creamy, delicious Greek yogurt.
I like to put it back in the original container.
There will be a lot less yogurt than what you started with (about half), but it will be a lot thicker and higher in protein.
This is the extra whey that dripped off. You can either save it for another use or trash it (I trash it).
Isn’t that easy?
By straining regular yogurt overnight, you can make a homemade, cheaper version of Greek yogurt.
I really like to do this because I prefer 2% Greek yogurt, but it’s really hard to find an organic version. Buy purchasing organic, low fat yogurt (which is really easy to find), I can do it myself (no jokes please).
I also love the tang of this yogurt. It’s oddly addicting!
As always, let me know if you have questions!