Like yogurt? Like really fresh yogurt? If so why not make your own?
We had a yogurt maker for many years but stopped using it sometime ago. It was cheap enough to operate but the yogurt always had an unpleasant gloopy sort of texture to it; well it did to me.
Having seen adverts for the Easi-Yo yogurt-maker on QVC I was tempted but never got around to purchasing the kit.
Then a little before Christmas I spotted one of the makers in Wilko; it had a variety of flavoured sachets of the powder to make the yogurt also available and so I thought what the hell.
Essentially the Easi-Yo yogurt-maker works like a flask.
They are available in a range of colours but I purchased a white one which also has some red on it. They are made out of durable plastic.
Inside there is a loose stand and a pot to make the yogurt.
You simply add the amount of water, usually 500 mils, to the inner pot before adding the yogurt powder to this.
Screw on the lid of this inner pot then give it a really good shake. Add a little more water to the recommended fill line and re-shake.
Now boil a kettle full of water to add to the outer flask. Make sure it is above the inner stand but not too high. That way when you add the inner pot full of the yogurt mixture the hot water will cover at least half of this.
Replace the Easi-Yo yogurt maker lid and leave to stand for between 8 to 12 hours, or overnight.
Once your yogurt is ready take the inner container out and put in the fridge to chill before eating.
Hints and tips
Our first attempt was still fairly runny after the 12 hours. So we had a re-think. It says use room temperature water to make the yogurt but our tap water was very cold as it was winter and drawn from outside.
So for the second attempt I added a little of the boiling water, only a spoonful or two, when topping the mixture up and it worked.
The product does have some information leaflets which may also help. But as a rule of thumb the yogurt will take a longer time to set in colder weather and a shorter time when it is warm.
Leave the yogurt too long and it will become almost sour cream, which you may or may not want. If the yogurt is not at this stage it will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge.
Easi-Yo also sell small pots suitable for storing the product but you may find them or similar cheaper elsewhere.
Each sachet of the yogurt costs around £2.75 in the UK. So it is not cheap but it does contain tasty ingredients which are good for you.
You only add water so the other costs are minimal.
Better value multi-packs of the yogurts are sometimes available at QVC or other outlets.
Overall though if you like yogurt that tastes good and is good for you they represent great value.
UPDATE: During the coronavirus pandemic this yogurt may be a good option. You do not add milk, just water. The Easi-Yo makers have been redesigned and are now more compact.
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