6 Uses for Homemade Yogurt When It “Flops”!

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I’ve had a lot of questions and e-mails recently about what you can do with yogurt when it “fails” or doesn’t turn out the way you want. In my book, there is no such thing as “failed” yogurt! I’ve made yogurt for many years and had great batches, and not-so-great batches.

If you find that your yogurt comes out too runny, sour, lumpy, or just not what you envisioned, never fear. Don’t throw it out! I’ve done this on more than one occasion, some years in the past, and wished I hadn’t.

We definitely don’t want to throw out any probiotic foods unless you see mold or some other unsightly appearance growing on them. They are simply too useful. We all need more beneficial bacteria in our guts to help with digestion and immune system support…which in turn, helps maintain health in general.

Now that I know that there is practically no way to ruin yogurt or really any cultured dairy products, I decided to provide my readers with this list of useful ways to use your yogurt that doesn’t turn out how you wanted.

1.   Make a smoothie.

This is a guaranteed way you’ll be able to eat the yogurt you made which may have a taste you aren’t fond of, and still get in your probiotics. The sky’s the limit for smoothies – you can put anything in them you want. Most of mine have kefir, egg yolks, bananas, frozen berries, avocado (to make it thick like a milkshake), and sometimes coconut oil. You can also add cinnamon or other spices and herbs, healthy sweeteners like raw honey, coconut palm sugar, rapadura, real maple syrup, real fruit juice, home-made almond or coconut milk, greens, and nut butters. Be sure to use full-fat foods in your smoothies to keep your energy and blood sugar levels even until your next meal.

2.  Use in cooking recipes.

Although the probiotic and enzyme value of your yogurt will diminish, one way to minimize this by stirring into whatever you plan on using the yogurt in before you serve the meal, and after you have allowed the food to cool from being on the stove or in the oven. Ideas include using in Beef Stroganoff, dishes using tomato or cream sauces, and soups, stocks, or soups.

3.  Blend with another cultured dairy food you’ve made or purchased.

If for instance, you have picky eaters in your household who don’t like home-made yogurt over store-bought and you are trying to integrate these foods into their repertoire, mix in some of your home-made yogurt, whether it “flopped” or not, with the best quality commercial yogurt you can find such as Brown Cow or Nancy’s.  This is a great way to “sneak” in something nutritious that your family members won’t notice.

4.  Make yogurt cheese. 

If your yogurt isn’t too runny, you can put it in cheesecloth and strain they whey out it into a bowl overnight to make delicious cheese.

5.  Dump it into your potting soil, container pots, or garden.

Probiotics (good bacteria) are really important for the health of your soil for growing healthy vegetables, legumes, fruits, and other foods. This is a perfect way to use your “flopped” yogurt!

6.   If all else fails, give it to your dog or cat, or your livestock such as pigs.

Probiotics are good for animals too, and helps maintain their health.

How do you use your yogurt or other cultured dairy “flops”? 

New to raw milk and raw milk yogurt? Read this post about why raw milk is superior to commercial milk and dairy products. 

The superior health benefits of eating home-made cultured and fermented foods and beverages

All probiotics are not created equal

Waste not, want not: tips for saving in the kitchen 

 

 

10 Comments

  • allison
    March 7, 2012 - 11:07 AM | Permalink

    I’m gonna say no to the put it in your soil. Dairy does not belong in your soil – even with good bacteria. You may compost it in a WORM BIN only if your worms can handle it, but often it doesn’t work.

    I support using it to soak grains for livestock – we do it for the chickens.

    You can however use it for your skin and hair…it is wonderful for a foot soak, hand soak, making an avocado face mask or hair treatment.

  • March 7, 2012 - 11:35 AM | Permalink

    Allison – I have talked with dozens and dozens of farmers who use it in their pastures and for their crops, and many smaller land owners who use it in their gardens. Raw dairy from pastured cows, though, only. David Wetzel of Green Pasture Products uses it for his land, and I think he and some others are involved in doing some studies which show the benefits of this practice.

  • allison
    March 7, 2012 - 3:51 PM | Permalink

    Raine – there are professional people who do use it, however, for the general public, I recommend using caution when just dumping it on your garden. Most people use it to inoculate seed or compost it.

  • March 7, 2012 - 4:21 PM | Permalink

    Allison – I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree about putting it on soil. I completely forgot about the skin and hair uses, thanks for the reminder. :)

  • Lucy
    March 7, 2012 - 8:39 PM | Permalink

    Can you put old kombutchka in your garden also? I’m talking about the liquid, not the scoobie

  • March 7, 2012 - 9:39 PM | Permalink

    Lucy – I have never tried this, but because it has good bacteria, I would think it would not only be fine but a good idea. :)

  • March 8, 2012 - 3:16 PM | Permalink

    I have heard to use Kombucha, or even blending up old Kombucha scobys, as an excellent soil booster for acid loving plants (blueberry bushes come to mind)! I wouldn’t over do the applications of any one cultured food on the garden (KT, yogurt, whatever) but as an occassional innoculant of good bacteria and “pre-digested” nutrients, I agree that this sounds like a very sound good idea to try! Our soil is so barren these days it needs all the help it can get. I think a concern might just be the pH of the soil, so depending on the soil and the specific plants you are trying to grow, that might be a factor for some as to whether to use certain foods?

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  • March 9, 2012 - 6:50 PM | Permalink

    Raine – I’d have some concerns about adding it to soil, not because I think it would be any significant harm, but because it would stink while it’s being broken down and potentially attract varmints who want a taste of the hooch.

    As for the kombucha, I’d agree that pH might be a concern, as you can use vinegar to kill weeds and kombucha can get pretty acidic. I’ve put scobys directly in the garden. They just dried up into scoby leather.

  • March 9, 2012 - 8:23 PM | Permalink

    Laurie – well, I’ve personally added it to my soil on several occasions, in my garden. Beyond that I don’t have any other experience with it, but I didn’t have any negative effects when I did it. I don’t know of any critters were getting into it. At the time, we didn’t have a dog and our yard was fenced, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any squirrels or birds getting into it (although I never saw any).

    I really wonder why so many farmers are doing this practice if it’s a bad thing to do? Are they all wrong?

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