Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Homemade Frozen Yogurt

The other day, my friend Jami brought over homemade frozen yogurt to enjoy together.  It was delicious and was made from Plain Yogurt, which I so happened to have in my garage fridge (FYI: Walmart brand PLAIN yogurt has a good ingredient list-just milk and live active cultures- perfect!).  I reserved 1/2 cup of the yogurt to use as a starter for making yogurt in my crockpot on Friday.  I thought I would try some vanilla yogurt and some peppermint yogurt (I tried some peppermint frozen yogurt at Yogurt Beach the other day and it was amazing!).  

Mix together in a bowl:
  • 1 tub plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cups sugar (you could also try splenda or honey to sweeten)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix well, and put in the freezer!

As I mentioned above, I wanted to try peppermint.  I added some peppermint extract (about 1/2 tsp.) and some red food coloring.  It looked pretty, but it was WAY too strong (so strong I couldn't eat it).  If you want to do something like peppermint, just start with a TINY amount of the extract, increasing to your desired taste. 

Enjoy your homemade frozen yogurt!

FYI: When I make homemade yogurt this weekend in my crockpot, I am going to try making some frozen yogurt out of it.  I'm wondering if it will work just as well?  My bet is yes!  I'll let you know how it turns out!

Update 6/6/12:  I've had two people ask me about the yogurt getting very hard in the freezer.  I suggest taking the yogurt out of the fridge 30 minutes before you want to eat it because it does freeze very hard.  I think that the spiny machines at yogurt shops are what keep their frozen yogurt so smooth.  If you let this sit out for a little bit first, though, it gets softer.  Someone else suggested throwing it in a blender to get it creamy, too (after pulling it out of the freezer).  It makes sense, but I have yet to try it.  If you try it will you leave a comment as to how that method works?  I bet you could even throw it in the blender with some berries!  Yum!

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