Freeze drying yogurt is not only easy – the result is delicious. We talked a bit about it in an earlier post, but thought we’d expand on the topic here.
Yogurt is such a healthy food, especially if it’s low-fat and low (or no) sugar. Yogurt drops make a great snack for little ones because they melt quickly in the mouth, and older kids and adults love the crunchy, creamy taste and texture that’s not like anything else.
These delicious, nutritious snacks are also very easy to make and can be freeze dried in the same run as any other food. But be warned, if you only make one tray you’ll wish you’d made four!
Just use a plastic baggie or cake decorator bag to make small dollops of yogurt on your freeze drying trays and they’ll come out as perfect bite-sized drops.
Or, you can fill your trays to the brim with yogurt. The freeze-dried result is like an airy-peanut brittle than can then be broken into pieces or crushed into a powder. It will store easily bags or jars. And, when you’re ready to rehydrate, just slowly mix water into the yogurt powder or pieces until you get the right consistency.
Powdered, freeze-dried yogurt also makes an excellent flavoring and additive to pastries and cakes. You won’t believe how moist baked goods are with the addition of powdered yogurt! Experimenting with different flavors is part of the fun. We love the coconut flavor of Chobani Greek yogurt.
Yogurt drops also make great party treats or gifts. In fact, one of our freeze dryer owners is busy making up batches of yogurt drops to give away to her neighbors in decorative jars instead of the traditional plate of Christmas cookies (congratulations to those lucky neighbors!). Yogurt drops are delicious by themselves, but they are also a healthy replacement for sugary chocolate candies in trail and snack mixes.
You can also make tasty drops from pudding or smooth pie fillings (we love key lime pie filling), but of course, these other options aren’t as nutritious as yogurt.
Share your favorite flavor of yogurt drops – and your initial reaction the first time you taste one – either here in the comments or on our Facebook page!