Small Batch Homemade Greek Yoghurt With Fruit

Happy Simple Living and Greek Yoghurt

I just love Greek yogurt with fruit, like this FAGE nonfat Greek yogurt with Strawberry “Goji,” whatever that is. BUT, this tiny cup retails for $1.69 at our supermarket. According to the ingredients list, twenty percent of the product is the strawberry topping–which means that the cup contains only about 4 ounces of yogurt. That’s pretty expensive when I can make a 32-ounce batch of homemade Greek yogurt for just a few dollars. (Here’s the recipe, in case you missed it in my earlier post.) Plus, I’m trying to eliminate disposable packaging as much as possible. But those little cups are so cute, with their spoon-shaped compartment of…goji. What’s a sustainability-lovin’ girl to do?

I recently made a batch of regular (non-Greek) yogurt, but one morning I awoke craving one of those little goji cups. So I experimented and set up a small strainer with an unbleached coffee filter inside like this:

Straining Greek yogurt at Happy Simple Living

I added two cups of yogurt and let it sit for about an hour. The straining process reduced the volume by half, and I poured off the whey (which I freeze and save for cooking).

Small batch Greek Yogurt at Happy Simple Living

Then I spooned the thick, creamy Greek yoghurt in a bowl — a luxurious eight ounces instead of the measly four offered in the little FAGE cups — and (since we happened to be out of goji) added a swirl of homemade strawberry jam.

Homemade Greek yogurt with fruit goji

The result? The best cup of Greek Yogurt with Strawberry Goji I’ve ever had.  Now that I know I can have it on demand whenever I like, I’m a whole lot more pleasant in the morning. Okay, that’s not really true. But this homemade version of one of my favorite treats does make me happy. Try it and see if you agree.

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P.S. This post was shared on Frugally Sustainable’s Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

13 thoughts on “Small Batch Homemade Greek Yoghurt With Fruit”

  1. Oh my that looks tasty, but you had be laughing out loud at ‘goji’ 🙂 It’s a berry! I know this because it’s Chinese and well, I speak mandarin and it is pronounced guoqi and they taste dilicious in China. I have never had them here in Denmark though, but suppose the fruit is the one and the same.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this! I totally agree about the packaging. It’s hard to get rid of it all together but if we all do a little less purchasing of the small, disposable packaging…well, you know!

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  4. Greek yogurt (yiaourti) has been around for thousands of years; yogurt itself might be as old as 10,000 years, which is much older than the oldest Greeks. It didn’t get popular outside Greece until the first wave of Greek emigration to Western Europe and the US after World War I.

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