As I mentioned earlier in this week, I decided to get a yogurt maker since we do go through 2 – 3 quarts of yogurt weekly and could go through more. Smoothies are a big hit around here (and I’m hoping to make the cheaper, more nutritious frozen yogurt a big hit, too, rather than ice cream). But, it’s hard to find cheap ingredients for smoothies, especially when the one batch feeds four of us.
I don’t have final numbers yet, but from the research that I’ve been doing at the grocery store, plus my current knowledge of the cost of ingredients, here’s what I’m coming up with:
- Canned fruit tends to be about $1/lb., except when it’s on sale. Pears and pineapple usually are cheaper, coming in at about $.80/lb.
- Frozen fruit is the most expensive and generally runs about $2.50/lb. on sale. However, my BJ’s did have frozen strawberries and a frozen fruit mix for $1.50/lb.
- Using regular skim milk can be expensive, but this cost can be reduced by using reconstituted nonfat dry milk which doesn’t affect the taste.
- Fresh fruit seems to be the cheapest overall, depending on the fruit. Bananas are currently $.59/lb. I found 6 lb. honeydews and cantalope at my local produce place today for $2.89 and $3.19 each, making the cost after removing the rind, probably about $.60lb. Hitting the reduced bin can help cut the cost of fresh fruit even more.
- The cost of yogurt can vary signficantly. My local discount grocery has plain 32 oz. quarts of yogurt for $1.59 while the regular grocery store carries it for $2.29 on sale.
- Apples which are cheapest in bags (about $.50/lb.) can be used to thicken the smoothie just like bananas. If your kids are like mine, and sample their apples without finishing them, this is a great way to use up those partially eaten apples.
Once I get a recipe down, I’ll post more specific numbers.