Transform normal yogurt into magical Greek yogurt with a simple, really cheap DIY strainer

Guestpost by Alison on Aug 18th

I love Greek yogurt, but Fage, my favorite kind, is a bit on the expensive side. For Christmas, my parents got me a yogurt maker, but the yogurt from it isn't thick like Greek yogurt. So I made myself a yogurt strainer. Here, I'll show you how.

You'll need two empty plastic containers like these.

It doesn't really matter what size they are, as long as one of them is shorter than the other.

You'll also need to make sure the small one fits inside the big one with room to spare, like so.

Take the smaller container and poke holes all over the bottom of it. Use an awl if you have it, or a fork, or the tip of a paring knife. Make lots of holes.

Here's how the holes will look on the bottom.

To use it, put a basket-sized coffee filter inside that small holey container like this.

Fill the coffee filter with yogurt, and put the small container inside the large container.

Throw the whole thing in the fridge and let it sit for an hour or two. When it's done, the yogurt will look like this. Look at the upper whitish line and you'll see that it's strained.

Inside the larger container, there'll be some yellowish liquid. My friend Sarah says it's very nutritious and you should drink it, but I've never been able to do that. It's too… icky.

Take the coffee filter out of the small container and put the yogurt in a bowl. Make sure you get all of it by grabbing the center of the filter (on the bottom) and squeezing it out.

I like mine with raisins, walnuts, and granola! There's yogurt under there, I promise.

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I’m Alison, and I live in Austin, Texas, with my boyfriend and our two Chihuahuas, Maude and Moki. I blog about sewing and crafts at