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Homemade Yogurt Tubes (aka GoGurt Fakes)

By popular demand here’s my method to making my version of GoGurt yogurt tubes or On the Go Yogurts. There are a few other brands out there and when we go to Panera Bread, my son always loves his Horizon Organic version of the GoGurt pops. One day I was talking with a friend and said to her, “Well we could just make our own with the Foodsaver. But that would be in all of my spare time.” Then I needed to get creative with this huge tub of yogurt my husband bought so my son could eat it and not spill everywhere.

I broke out my Foodsaver and got to business. It really was not that hard, and I think they would be great frozen and you could fill the tubes with whatever you like! Juice, pudding, pureed fruit or as Angela told me today you can even fill with fresh pureed basil from your garden! GENIUS!!!

And if you are concerned about the cost, take a look at this post that outlines the “hidden” costs of buying the real thing. Even after adding the cost of the Foodsaver supplies, you aren’t even come close to that cost, especially if you make your own homemade yogurt! And if you don’t want to invest in a Foodsaver how about some silicone ones?And the best part is, you know what is going into them, you aren’t adding extra ingredients to increase the shelf life. It is a win/win!

Homemade Yogurt Tubes or Pops

Author/Source:

Kelly @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

Directions:

First pull out roughly a 4 inch piece of food saver plastic.

Next Seal ONLY one side, then the other leaving about an inch or an inch and a half space in the middle.

Next take a ziploc bag, drape it over a cup, and pour your filling inside.

Cut the end off of the bag, and twist the open side and prep for filling the tubes.

Fill the tube and tap it on the counter a few times to make sure the air bubbles are out and you get a full tube! Leave about a two inch space and seal again.

And boom! There you go instant on the go yogurt pops!

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67 Responses to “Homemade Yogurt Tubes (aka GoGurt Fakes)”

  1. Dakotapam says:

    This makes me ALMOST want to buy a Food Saver. However, I KNOW how very lazy I am. But I am filing this away!

  2. Olivia Barron says:

    You mentioned silicone ones. Was that silicone tubes? And any idea where to find those?

  3. Shirley says:

    OMG! I love this idea!!! My boys are always asking for these things and I find them too expensive. Bonus I already have a food saver and make my own yogurt. Yay! I love it when I come across ideas that make me a rockstar in my children’s eyes! Thank you, thank you!

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  5. Cariann says:

    I have an old seal-a-meal wonder if the food saver plastic would work in the seal-a-meal… otherwise I see a wish list update coming soon… I think Costco and Walmart both carry it…hmmm,.

  6. That’s so creative! I keep waiting for the day that my daughter is old enough to not squirt yogurt tubes everywhere (evidently 3 1/2 is not yet old enough). :-)

    • Jessica says:

      I freeze mine for the kids, and cut them in half so they don’t melt before they finish them. They think they are eating popsicles.

    • Joelle says:

      My kids eat their gogurt with a smoothie straw–the straw is sturdy enough that the tube doesn’t flop everywhere, and they can get all the yogurt out without having to squeeze it up to the top. :)

  7. Judi says:

    What a GREAT idea! I make homemade organic yogurt all the time (I do mine in a small cooler) I’ve made frozen yogopops (in a pop cycle mold) for my grandkids but this would be great too! They LOVE gogurt but I hate the extra junk they put in a lot of the store bought yogurt.I’m going to have a bumper crop of blueberries I could use too!I even have a food saver already!

  8. Kris says:

    Thinking you could also do this w/ pudding to make pudding pops (but smaller)

  9. Kelly says:

    Just found you from Mother Huddle – can’t wait to try the homemade yogurt pops and other ideas from your site – thanks a million for the wonderful ideas!

  10. Barb says:

    OK, I must be missing something. How do you avoid having the yogurt sucked into the vacuum? Hope you answer because I’d really like to do this.

    • Kelly says:

      Barb – I left about 2 inches of head space and I just pressed the seal button twice (on the newer models) and it seals the packet only and doesn’t vacuum the contents out. Hope that helps!

  11. amy says:

    Don’t you have to freeze it first before sealing the final end? if not, how does it keep from sucking up the yogurt into the sealer?

  12. Laurie says:

    I love the idea, but I have an older model that would suck out the contents, unless I pre-froze the tubes before sealing. I may have to look into the silicone molds.

    • eliz a buf says:

      i also used to have an older model, and while it’s trickier, it can be done. you’ll have to fill the tubes a bit less, and move the sealer to the very edge of the counter-top nearest you. while holding the tube upright, just stick the very end of the tube in to seal, the same way as when you’re putting a new seal at the end of the ‘bag’… make sense?? it’s a bit tricky, a little fiddly, but it’s what i’d been doing for years until i realized the newer ones could do it for me (then it was only a matter of saving up, ha!).

      good luck!! xoxo, buf

  13. Sandi says:

    I’m just curious- why isn’t the Foodsaver mentioned more on this site? It seems like everything is frozen in ziplock bags or tins… are ziplock bags much less expensive?

    • Tricia says:

      That would be because MOST of the writers don’t own one (namely me-Tricia) so I wasn’t aware of the beauty of them. I apparently need to remedy that fact quickly!

  14. Sandi says:

    lol- When/If you do decided to start using one, I’m looking forward to your reviews!

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  16. Astrid says:

    I am *totally* making these! I make my own yogurt, and this would be fabulous with it!!

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  19. Ashley says:

    I don’t have a food saver but found these 2×8 ziplock bags that I am going to use! If it works it will also save time! I got 100 of them for $5 including shipping. http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-ZIP-LOCK-PLASTIC-BAGS-2-X-8-PACK-1-2-PENS-/370537800936?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D4%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D2412843229233938042

  20. Carrie says:

    I am curious if young children can open these if they are sent to school in a lunchbox. My kids aren’t given much time to eat so I know the teachers don’t have time to go around with scissors opening packages for kids. Can the foodsaver bags be easily torn open?

  21. michelle says:

    I also had a ton of yogurt left one day and my son refused to eat it from a spoon because he had eaten yogurt as a tube variety the day before at a friend’s house. I scooped a bunch into snack size ziplock bags and stored some in the freezer and some in the fridge. When he was ready to eat them, I just cut off one little end and he squeezed the yogurt into his mouth with less mess than the tube kinds! Works great and much cheaper!!!

  22. Lynda says:

    I make yogurt, this is interesting – I don’t have young children, but this could be adapted to various things. I purchased 2 Foodsavers for the price of one last year as one of the pre-black Friday sales for Pro Bass Shop. It came with 4 extra rolls free with each set so it was a great deal. I am still reluctant to really trust silicone for cooking, over cautious I guess.

  23. Kat says:

    I manage to pick up the organic yogurt in the tube at our local Kroger when it is on markdown b/c it’s about to expire. I just shove it in the freezer. My girls prefer it frozen anyway. Plus, if they do ask for it in their lunch, it goes in frozen and is fine to eat (still semi-frozen) by lunchtime.

    Oh…and frozen yogurt tubes = WAY less mess!

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  25. Jeff says:

    This is a fantastic idea! We’re gonna try this for the summer! I don’t own a FoodSaver, though, because we’ve been through three of them in less than ten years. Try ARY Vacmaster – MUCH better quality and more features.

  26. Danielle says:

    do you know if the plastic is BPA and pthalate free? thanks. i hope it is because this is what I’ve been searching for! :)

    • Kelly says:

      Per the Foodsaver site “In response to your inquiry, none of our FoodSaver® branded bags, rolls or canisters contains Bisphenol A.” :)

  27. Charlotte says:

    I’m going to make a tube for my homemade granola too. Thaw and mix them together in a bowl. My granola always runs out before the yogurt does. This way I’l always have granola with my yogurt.
    Now, to find a deal on a FoodSaver!

  28. Prickly Mom says:

    You. Are. A. Genius.

    You know what else you could do with this idea: cut up a block of mozzarella cheese and repackage them as “string cheese” (for kids like mine who “have to” have the individually wrapped ones)

  29. Julie says:

    I guess I am confused. My food saver plastic is sealed on two sides already. So how do you do this?

    • Melanie says:

      I have the same question. I’m not sure how to leave “an inch or an inch and a half” space in the middle. ???

      • Kelly says:

        You’re basically creating the space in between the two seals for the yogurt to go. An inch can be too small for some so I say 1.5 inches.

      • Susan says:

        From the way I understand the instructions, you are sealing a 2 inch column/rectangle that is empty. Then you cut on of the short ends off to open it to fill, then reseal the cut end.

  30. E says:

    I am having so much trouble sealing the top! I left the right amount of space but I just cant clean all of the yogurt off of it to get it to seal without the moisture. I even tried freezing it upright first but there is still drops of yogurt around the area to seal that melts when I try to seal it. I called foodsaver and they said you arent supposed to cut the sides off because they cant reseal but you seemed to have luck. Any tips?

    • Kelly says:

      Hmm I’m not sure what’s going on. I sometimes double tap the seal button and it seems to work. I’m not sure what else to tell you! Maybe wipe it out with a paper towel or cloth first?

  31. Sara says:

    Love yogurt tubes. Thought this would be a great money saver. I was the crazy mom who decided to do 4 giant containers of yogurt worth. This project took FOR.EV.ER! And it was super messy. I think we will be sticking to smoothies in our house.

  32. Sara says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I tried it this weekend and it seemed a little more difficult than I thought. Any tips on how to speed up the process or get the yogurt/pudding in the tubes? Seems like a silly question, but it took forever…I’ll keep trying though!

    • Kelly says:

      I’m sure there could be an easier way but this is what works best for me. I haven’t made them in awhile but I’m open to suggestions!

  33. Grace says:

    I have regularly found food savers at thrift stores. I bought mine for $10. It had never been used.

  34. Marilyn Crisp says:

    As a regular used of a FoodSaver, I have found MUCH cheaper off brand bags on amazon.”11″x50′ Vacuum Sealer Bag Rolls Commercial Grade FoodSaver Type”
    I have not made these pops yet, but when I am using a lot of bags for the same sized package I have saved a lot of material by doing the first “seal” every ____ inches for however many packages I am going to need. Then I cut them apart close to the “seal” so I only have the leave the bigger “lip” to fit into the machine on one side. Not sure if this makes sense. You end up with one side of the seal with 1/4″ part past the seal and the other side 1″ or more depending how much your machine requires. I’m thinking that putting your contructed tube in a bud vase or similar to hold it upright and use a funnel with a big opening may work – OR a cookie press – OR a regular pastry bag.

  35. Nicole says:

    Just found these and the are reusable. http://www.zipzicles.com/index.html I bought some, hope they work well.

  36. ruby says:

    Hi! Tricia,
    I’ve been doing something like this with leftover yogurt, juices… I used a plastic bags from my original country that I got when I went home few years ago… Same bags my mom used to make her “iced candy” to sell & for us kids… I tied the end, placed them in freezer bags & wallah!!! Go gurt/iced pops/iced candy. Thanks for your ideas :-D .

  37. Lauren says:

    I’m looking into getting a foodsaver myself. What model do you use? And is there anything you don’t like about it, or anything that I should definitely make sure mine has?

    I used to use a commercial one at camp when preparing for canoe trips, but my 16 year old self didn’t pay much attention as long as the machine was working :P

    And back on the subject of yogurt tubes – if you grab a pair of scissors and snip the edge tubes near the top, the kids can just tear off the tops when they want them. Also, they’re good frozen.

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