Because my (Pam) family doesn’t have dairy restrictions, yogurt is a staple at our house–particularly at snacktime. But yogurt is good for more than just a tangy treat. We also use it in smoothies, substitute vanilla or plain for half the oil or butter in baked goods, and swap out plain yogurt for sour cream in many recipes.
Another major bonus for me, as a couponer, is that there are often great deals on yogurt. I particularly watch for the marked-down specials (which are getting close to the sell-by date) as well as regular sales and then check my coupon stash for coordinating coupons. When the deal is right, it’s a good time to swoop.
This yogurt ended up being FREE as I was able to match the mark-down with a $1 off coupon!
If the deals are particularly good and I have stocked up, or we just can’t use it before the expiration date, I freeze it! Frozen yogurt tubes (such as Go-gurt) make a great afternoon snack or lunchbox treat. To my kids, it’s as good as a Popsicle, and to me, it’s much healthier.
Whether you buy your yogurt in containers or make your own yogurt, try this simple freezing method, which perfectly portions your yogurt.
- Fill a clean ice cube tray with yogurt.
- Freeze until solid.
- Pop the yogurt cubes out of the tray, and place in a freezer bag, and return to the freezer.
- When you are ready to make a smoothie, muffins, or just want a small portion of yogurt, easily grab a cube or two from the freezer. It may depend on the size of your ice cube tray, but in my approximation, one cube equals about 2 TBSP of yogurt.
Just a few recipes featuring yogurt: