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I Tried Making ‘Dorm-Made” Yogurt

Instagram… it sucks you in. Its videos and pictures make you think you can make a whole dress, candles, and reorganize your whole house in an afternoon. One rainy afternoon as a lay amongst the mountain of pillows I have collected, I stumbled across a video of a mother making homemade greek yogurt. Now, I know what you are thinking. You live in a dorm, how can you make “homemade” anything?! And you are right; my living situation currently consists of an 8 by 13 ft room living space. But that didn’t stop me.

I had recently gotten an Instapot for my birthday and, being the broke college student that I am, I have begun to notice just how expensive things like greek yogurt were. So, one-hour long internet research session and a wave of insta-moms letting me know “that will be so good for my (future) children” later; I found myself at the store. It turns out it’s actually really easy and cheap to make yogurt. All I need was some whole milk and plain yogurt (which I already have) Making my grand total $2 and some change.

So, how did I go?

Well, first you have to kill any leftover bacteria by bringing the milk to 180F on the saute function. Let it coll back down to 110-115F then mix in your plain yogurt… and you’re done with prep. Easy, right?

Next, you let push the yogurt button and let it cook anywhere from 8- 24 hours depending on taste preference (i did mine for 18)


After the allotted time, I opened by Instapot expecting failure. Because let’s be honest, how often do inclusive decisions go well?

And this was what I found. That’s right, I did it! I made half a gallon of yogurt for 2$ and some change. After this step, you can either eat the yogurt as it is or strain it to get that really thick consistency of greek yogurt.

So what did the process teach me?

    The purpose of this paper is not to persuade you to make yogurt or by an instant, but to encourage people to just do something because you want to. Not all endeavors need to be part of your larger life plan. So enjoy the little moments along with the big ones.


(Yes, for those wondering, I did make a cheesy Instagram video about my yogurt, and I loved every minute of it lol! https://www.instagram.com/p/BvpAaSBgZHV/)


I am currently enrolled and The Univerity of Alabama. A travel enthusiast who plans to see the whole world from the window of my tiny house. I believe that exploring the world and learning about other cultures is the cure of prejudice. There are something many places and people to meet, and i just want to share my experiences.
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