Homemade Yogurt and a Giveaway #30

Giveaway | 8th June 2013 | By

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.

Homemade EasiYo Yogurt
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.


Yoghurt Direct have kindly offered an EasiYo yogurt maker and two sachets of the yogurt bases of your choice to one lucky Chocolate Log Blog reader.
To be in with a chance of winning this yogurt making kit, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random from the entries received. Please give me some way of identifying you in the comment section as I will be verifying the validity of entries and will always check back to the comments to ensure that part has been done. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. You need to be 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
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    belleau kitchen
    9th June 2013

    i’ve always wanted to have a go at one of these homemade yoghurt things, what a brilliant giveaway… i’d go for plain twice and make my own flavours!

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    Galina Varese
    10th June 2013

    Greek yogurt and Greek/honey, like you picked, they are my fave yogurts. I have been looking at this yogurt maker in Lakeland for ages, fingers crossed.

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    The KitchenMaid
    11th June 2013

    Ah, Easiyo! I can thoroughly vouch for these gadgets – I bought one in a fit of economising when we used to eat our way through a litre or so of yoghurt a week (heaven only knows what we did with it!) and I always have a batch of Greek yoghurt on the go. There are organic versions here too, and I think maybe soy? Anyway, dear readers of ChocolateLogBlog, if you don’t win one, please go and buy one and keep little old New Zealand afloat!

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    24th June 2013

    EasiYo Greek and Coconut Yoghurt and EasiYo Low Fat Greek Style Yoghurt. thanks!

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    24th June 2013

    Mango and greek honey sounds so yummy

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    25th June 2013

    It would have to be Greek & Coconut and Greek & Honey!


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    Libby Ray
    25th June 2013

    Sweet mango and raspberries and cream (or summer fruits….or peaches and cream).

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    Beky Austerberry
    25th June 2013

    Chocolate, cherries and cream would be the first flavour….. then caramel or toffee – cant decide!!

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    25th June 2013

    Sweet Mango and Vanilla Custard

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    Emily P
    25th June 2013

    summer fruits and greek yoghurt,sound yummy! 🙂

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    Faye Huntington
    28th June 2013

    Caramel and Greek ‘n’ Honey!! With love, Faye xx

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    Hannah Smith
    29th June 2013

    Caramel and greek honey! Yum!!!

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    Larley Haylar
    30th June 2013

    Peaches and cream and Summer Fruits

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    Gary Topley
    30th June 2013

    Summer Fruits and Strawberries and Cream

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    30th June 2013

    Chocolate, cherries and cream and strawberies and cream

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    Marilyn Greenwood
    4th July 2013

    I love all the flavours but my favourites would have to be Vanilla Custard & Caramel – good luck to everyone!

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    5th July 2013

    I’d go for the EasiYo Low Fat Lemon Yoghurt and the EasiYo Low Fat Greek Style Yoghurt

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    5th July 2013

    Maybe Blueberries and Cream Yoghurt and Lemon Yoghurt 🙂


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    Jenny Rogers
    5th July 2013

    Lemon, and chocolate, cherries and cream

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    sam bailey
    6th July 2013

    Strawberries and cream for my naughty side, but then natural greek too to show i can be good!

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    6th July 2013

    Greek and Greek’n’ Honey as we eat alot of Greek yogurt with fruit for breakfast and for salad dressing and dips x

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    Alisa Moore
    6th July 2013

    EasiYo Greek and Coconut Yoghurt and Sweet Vanilla Custard Yogurt

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    Vicky Robinson
    6th July 2013

    It would have to be Greek & Greek & Honey because I love Greek yoghurt & eat loads of it each week with meals & with fruit in!

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