How To Make Frozen Yogurt
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A warm welcome.  Frozen yogurt makes a delicious treat anytime.  But especially on a hot summer day... mmm mmmm.  It's worthwhile learning how to make frozen yogurt since...

  • it's so popular and
  • so easily made with simple ingredients.
How To Make Frozen Yogurt

Make it totally your own creation by adding fruit, nuts, sweet stuff (chocolate chips, cookies, etc).  I serve frozen yogurt in ice cream cones or on sticks to children in the neighborhood... they love it. And I love knowing I'm giving them treats made with healthy ingredients... sweet enough but not loaded with sugar and preservatives.  

Are you ready to give it a try?  Let's start...

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There are two ways to make frozen yogurt at home.

1.  Without an Ice Cream Maker - Freezer or Still Freezing 

2.  With an Ice cream maker 

I used the refrigerator freezer before I bought an ice cream maker.  Both work well... it's just a little simpler with an ice cream maker.

1.  Freezer or Still Freezing Method

You don't need an ice cream maker to make frozen yogurt, just a freezer compartment in your refrigerator.  This is called still freezing.  The texture and quantity may be slightly different than with an ice cream maker because it's not being continuously mixed. 

To make frozen yogurt smoother and creamier beat the prepared yogurt ingredients two or three times during the freezing process.  I call it "ready to eat" after the second beating.

There's a couple of ways to do this:

1.  Mixer

I learned how to make frozen yogurt using this method.  It's simple... you just have to remember to take the yogurt mixture out after a couple hours.  If you forget, it'll freeze solid.  Oops!  Let it thaw a little.

Making Frozen Yogurt

Yogurt Mixture
In Pan

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After First Beating
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Frozen Yogurt After Second Beating

After Second Beating
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Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
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  • Pour prepared ingredients into a metal mixer bowl.  If I want the yogurt mixture to freeze quickly I pour it into an 8-in (20 cm) pan. 
  • Cover with foil or plastic wrap.
  • Freeze for about 2 hours or until firm at the edges and semi-soft in the center. 
  • Beat with electric mixer on medium-high speed until soft but not melted significantly. 
  • Repeat freezing and beating one or two more times, if desired.

2.  Food Processor

  • Pour prepared yogurt ingredients into an 8-inch square baking pan.
  • Cover with foil or plastic wrap.
  • Place in freezer and freeze 1-2 hours or until solid.  
  • Break frozen mixture into pieces and put into food processor.  
  • Use a metal blade in the food processor and process until soft.  Do not melt.
  • Repeat freezing and processing one or two more times, if desired.
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After last beating, stir or fold in any whole or chopped nuts, pieces of candy or cookies and large pieces of fruit or prepared ingredients used to produce swirled or marbled effect.  Serve after the final beating or return to freezer and serve later. 

And that's how to make frozen yogurt.  :-)

2.  Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Maker Method

One of the good things about investing in an ice cream maker is that it doubles as a frozen yogurt machine. 

This method is pretty much straight forward. My ice cream maker has a container that needs to be frozen about 6 hours before using.  It freezes the yogurt mixture super fast... in 20 to 25 minutes.

Pour the prepared yogurt mixture into the the bowl of the ice maker.  Follow the instructions for your ice-cream maker.

Yogurt Mixture In Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Machine

Yogurt Mixture
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Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Machine Stirring Mixture

Making Frozen Yogurt
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Frozen Yogurt In Ice Cream Maker

Frozen Yogurt
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Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
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Add nuts, pieces of fruit, sweets or other ingredients at the end, when the yogurt mixture is almost or already frozen.  Allow the machine to thoroughly mix and freeze it before turning off.

When the mixture is frozen, scoop or spoon into a container for freezing.  Or serve right away.

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