Welcome to this interesting article on how to make yoghurt in Nigeria. Yoghurt is a food drink that sometimes looks like custard.
Here in Nigeria, most of the yoghurt we consume are produced in such a way that we put them in bottles like every other drink.
I know that yogurt in some other parts of the world is like custard or pap because of its method of preparation which makes it very thick.
We also have various flavours of yoghurt. Let’s see some of them in the list below.
Various Flavours of Yoghurt?
Yoghurt can be prepared in different ways and flavours namely,
- Milk etcetera.
You can prepare your yoghurt using any of the flavours in the list above.
Now that we have seen some of flavours used for yoghurt, let’s look at the next step on how to make yoghurt in Nigeria.
It is not just for Nigerians to learn but because variety is the spice of life, whether you are from Nigeria, Ghana, America, Germany, Togo or any other country, I guess you would find this article useful as you would discover a different way of preparing yoghurt.
Yoghurt is produced by fermentation of milk. So I will give you a step by step guide on how to make yoghurt in Nigeria. Let’s take one step at a time.
Ingredients for Making Yoghurt in Nigeria
- Powdered milk 400g
- Flavouring (vanilla).
- Water (cold and boiled hot water)
- Already prepared yoghurt
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Preparation of Yoghurt
- Wash your hands with soap and rinse with clean water.
- Put 2 litres of cold water into a bucket that has lid.
- Add powdered milk inside and mix with your hand, until all lumps are dissolved.
- Then pour boiling water into the milk solution and stir with a spoon or wooden stick.
- Bring a bottle or two of already prepared yoghurt and pour into the mixture
- Close the lid of the container and leave to stay for about 7-10 hours
- After 7-10 hours, open the lid and filter the milk with a cloth
- Finally, add sugar, flavoring, and preservative.
- Put into containers and serve chilled.
How to Package Yoghurt for Sale
If you have plans to produce yoghurt for sale and distribution to shops and super markets, you can package and brand your product in a way to attract consumers and wholesalers.
First of all, it’s important to know that you need a name for your business. So get a name for your business and register it (that does not mean that you cannot start your business before registering it). You can start and grow your business before registering it with corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). And then with NAFDAC.
After choosing your name, the next thing to do is to get a graphics designer to design your logo and put your brand name on a sticker.
When you have these ready, you get containers for your yogurt. There are various markets to buy packaging materials in Nigeria. If you are in Lagos like me, you can get these packaging materials in OJota. For other states, send me a mesage with your state of residence. I will send you the contact of the sellers in your state.
How to Market Your Yoghurt
Now that you have packaged and branded your goods. You need to market them. Marketing is the life wire of any business. No matter how good your yoghurt tastes, if you are not able to market it to the right audience, your business is as good as dead. You cannot make much progress.
Now considering the fact that supplying to super markets and other major stores would require registering your business was with NAFDAC. You need to start selling to small shops and stores within your locality. You can also put banners on the streets in your area to sensitize them of your products. Let them know you sell at wholesale price. If your product is good, they will keep coming back.
Another effective way to sell your products is to find out how much they are buying from their present suppliers and give them discount. Even if it means giving them free samples to test, do it. If they like it, they will request for more.
By doing this for all the shops within your locality, you will have a large customer base that will keep coming back.
From there, you can expand and get approval from NAFDAC.
This is all about making yogurt in Nigeria.
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