Can I Use Flavored Yogurt When Making Yogurt at Home?

Can I Use Flavored Yogurt When Making Yogurt at Home?

Emma Christensen
Jan 17, 2013

Q: I was checking out your piece on making homemade yogurt, but the only yogurt I can get here to use as a starter either has sugar or is artifically sweetened. Does that still work for making yogurt?

Sent by Teresa

Editor: I think that as long as there are active bacterias listed in the ingredients, any yogurt will work as a starter for making your own yogurt. You can then use a scoop of your homemade yogurt as the starter for the next batch, and eventually there won't be much of the original yogurt with its sweeteners and artificial ingredients left in your yogurt.

If you'd like to avoid the sweeteners and artificial ingredients altogether, you can also order yogurt cultures online from places like Cultures for Health:

Heirloom Yogurt Starters from Cultures for Health

Readers, what do you think?

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