My family loves yogurt. We eat it in smoothies, mixed with fruit, drizzled with honey, and even in our potato salad. It is so versatile and healthy and it keeps tummies filled with good bacteria. It has gotten me through some rough pregnancies, and times when my jaw hurt so much I could not chew properly. It has fed my babies that are just starting on solid food, and generally been a much loved staple in our diet. My gift for Mother’s Day last year was a yogurt maker. I had requested this and was thrilled to get it. We like to go through so much yogurt that sometimes it was cost prohibitive to buy organic yogurt, not to mention there is still a lot of sugar in the flavoured kinds. When I realized that I could make my own for half the cost, I jumped at the chance. I know that a lot of people don’t use an actual yogurt maker and do just fine, but sometimes I am so busy and trying to do quite a few things at once, so I really liked the idea of being able to put the yogurt in the maker and just forget about it for several hours. It paid for itself very quickly and I am thrilled that I can take one gallon of milk and turn it into approx. four litres of yogurt with very little effort. This way I can also regulate how much sugar goes in, if any at all. I like to use honey or cook up some fruit and mix it in. Nuts are also a favourite topping. The possibilities are endless. Homemade yogurt is one of those things that I take great pleasure in doing myself.