What to Do With Failed Homemade Yogurt?

Last Updated on May 31, 2023 by Lauren Beck

As someone who has experienced their fair share of failed homemade yogurt experiments, I understand the disappointment that comes with it. 

But fear not! In this article, I will share ten creative and delicious ways to repurpose your failed yogurt and turn it into something fantastic. 

Get ready to transform your yogurt mishap into culinary triumphs!

10 Things You Can Do With Failed Homemade Yogurt

  1. Smoothies: Blend the failed yogurt with fruits, veggies, and a splash of juice or milk to create a refreshing and nutritious smoothie.
  2. Yogurt Parfait: Layer the yogurt with granola, fresh fruits, and a drizzle of honey to make a delicious and satisfying breakfast or snack.
  3. Salad Dressing: Transform your yogurt into a creamy salad dressing by adding herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Marinade: Use yogurt as a tenderizing marinade for meats. The natural enzymes in yogurt help to break down proteins and impart a subtle tangy flavor.
  5. Yogurt Cheese: Strain the failed yogurt through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve to make a thick and creamy yogurt cheese. Use it as a spread or in place of cream cheese in recipes.
  6. Yogurt Dip: Mix the yogurt with herbs, spices, or roasted veggies to create a flavorful dip for chips, vegetables, or pita bread.
  7. Pancakes or Waffles: Incorporate the failed yogurt into pancake or waffle batter for a tangy twist and added moisture.
  8. Frozen Yogurt Popsicles: Blend the yogurt with fruits and a sweetener, pour it into popsicle molds, and freeze for a cool and refreshing treat.
  9. Yogurt Bark: Spread the yogurt on a lined baking sheet, top with fruits, nuts, and a drizzle of honey, then freeze until firm. Break it into pieces for a delightful yogurt bark snack.
  10. Face Mask: Yogurt has beneficial properties for the skin. Mix the failed yogurt with honey and apply it as a soothing face mask to nourish and hydrate your skin.

Can You Fix Runny Yogurt?

Yes, you can fix runny yogurt! Here’s what you can do:

  • Strain the Yogurt: Place the yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined colander or a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Let it strain in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to remove excess liquid and thicken the yogurt.

How to Mix Yogurt With Unflavored Gelatin?

To achieve a thicker consistency, you can mix yogurt with unflavored gelatin. Here’s how:

  1. Sprinkle gelatin over a small amount of cold water and let it bloom for a few minutes.
  2. Heat the bloomed gelatin in a microwave or stovetop until fully dissolved.
  3. Mix the gelatin into the yogurt until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate the yogurt mixture until set.

Cooking Yogurt Without Curdling It

Close Up Shot of a Yogurt

When cooking with yogurt, it’s important to prevent curdling. Here are some tips:

  • Use Full-Fat Yogurt: Full-fat yogurt is less likely to curdle than low-fat or non-fat varieties.
  • Temper the Yogurt: Before adding yogurt to hot dishes or sauces, temper it by slowly whisking in a small amount of the hot liquid to raise its temperature gradually. This helps prevent curdling.

Can You Bake Greek Yogurt?

Yes, you can bake with Greek yogurt [1]! It adds moisture and a tangy flavor to baked goods. 

Substitute Greek yogurt for some or all of the butter or oil in recipes like cakes, muffins, and bread for a healthier twist.

How to Freeze Greek Yogurt

To freeze Greek yogurt:

  1. Portion the yogurt into individual freezer-safe containers or ice cube trays.
  2. Cover tightly to prevent freezer burn.
  3. Freeze for up to three months.
  4. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

How Long Will My Yogurt Keep?

The shelf life of yogurt depends on various factors, such as ingredients and storage conditions. 

As a general guideline, homemade yogurt will typically be kept in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.


When life gives you failed homemade yogurt, don’t despair! You can transform your disappointment into culinary triumphs with a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of culinary ingenuity. 

From smoothies and salad dressings to frozen treats and face masks, endless possibilities exist for repurposing your failed yogurt. Embrace the opportunity to experiment, explore new flavors, and make the most of your culinary mishap. 

So roll up your sleeves, get creative in the kitchen, and turn your failed yogurt into something extraordinary. Remember, the kitchen is a place for adventure, even when things are unplanned.


Lauren Beck
Latest posts by Lauren Beck (see all)

Leave a Comment