Homemade Yogurt and a Giveaway #30
We eat a lot of yogurt in this household. It contains Lactobacilli which are supposed to be very good for you and as a vegetarian it provides a substantial proportion of my protein. Although my standard breakfast is toast made with my own rye sourdough, we do sometimes have yogurt with muesli or in smoothies. Many of our evening meals incorporate or are accompanied by yogurt and I use it a lot in baking. I find it helps to keep cakes moist and gives them a more substantial texture, whilst at the same time helping them to rise. Buying a lot of yogurt can be rather expensive though, so when I was offered an EasiYo yogurt maker to try by Yoghurt Direct, I didn’t hesitate.
Kiwis have a reputation for innovation and imagination when it comes to inventing things. The EasiYo was born in a New Zealand garden shed over twenty years ago and has clearly stood the test of time. The yogurt maker is rather like a large plastic thermos flask which for some reason I find strangely tactile. When it arrived, I was rather surprised at quite how large it was, but I guess a litre of yogurt needs a decent layer of insulation around it. The kit came with two sachets of powdered yogurt base. I chose Greek style yogurt, one plain and one with honey. The method was simple and the instructions easy to follow. It involved mixing one sachet of yogurt with cold water in an inner container, giving it a really good shake, then immersing it in hot water in the outer flask and leaving overnight. This is simple but effective technology. With no mechanisation and no moving parts, there is little to go wrong, so the yogurt maker should last many years.
|Is it Yogurt or Clotted Cream?|
Both came out looking like clotted cream, which made them particularly appealing to an unreconstructed Cornish cream lover. The honey yogurt was way too sweet for us, but the plain was fine, if a trifle on the acidic side. I have subsequently made up two further batches of plain yogurt by adding milk to a couple of tablespoons of the previous batch and then following the same method. From previous experience of making my own yogurt, I expect I will only be able to do this two or three times before needing to start with a completely new mix.
Yoghurt Direct sell both yogurt maker and yogurt base which come in a comprehensive range. Prices vary according to type and flavour. The yogurt maker itself costs under £10, which I think represents good value for money.