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Homemade Yogurt and a Giveaway #30

Giveaways | 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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  1. prwilson

    8th June 2013 at 6:42 pm

    EasiYo Greek Style Yoghurt and EasiYo Summer Fruits Yoghurt

  2. Beth

    8th June 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Maybe caramel and toffee 🙂

  3. Tracy K Nixon

    8th June 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I would go for the Lemon and Sweet Vanilla!

  4. Maya Russell

    8th June 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I’d choose Greek and Greek’n’ Honey.

  5. Cupcaker

    8th June 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Peaches & Cream and Banana

  6. Fashion Mayhem

    8th June 2013 at 10:10 pm

    caramel & Greek Honey 😀

  7. HelenRemi411

    9th June 2013 at 12:30 am

    definitely the caramel and toffee!

  8. Emma Walters

    9th June 2013 at 6:26 am

    would love to try blackcurrent & mango

  9. Gill

    9th June 2013 at 9:04 am

    Raspberries and cream, and strawberries and cream!

  10. belleau kitchen

    9th June 2013 at 1:07 pm

    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!

  11. laura banks

    9th June 2013 at 2:39 pm

    it would have to be caramel and toffee

  12. ladyluck13

    9th June 2013 at 3:10 pm

    sweet vanilla custard and lemon sound nice

  13. talesofpiglingbland

    9th June 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Vanilla custard and boysenberry

  14. Helen Moulden

    9th June 2013 at 5:00 pm

    EasiYo Summer Fruits Yoghurt and Peaches & Cream

  15. choux pastry hearts

    9th June 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I’d go vanilla and peaches and cream x

  16. Athene K.

    9th June 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Greek yoghurt and natural 🙂

  17. Galina Varese

    10th June 2013 at 7:44 am

    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.

  18. clair downham

    10th June 2013 at 10:14 pm

    strawberies and cream and raspberries and cream

  19. The KitchenMaid

    11th June 2013 at 8:50 am

    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!

  20. zoboze

    12th June 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Greek Yoghurt and the lemon one!

  21. Mia Fergusson

    12th June 2013 at 1:45 pm

    lemon and greek n honey.

  22. tamalyn

    15th June 2013 at 11:17 am

    greek honey and strawberries and cream, yum

  23. RhiannonAlwen

    15th June 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Sweet Banana &
    Blueberries and Cream

    They all look great though 🙂

  24. CoxeeFoxy

    15th June 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Greek & sweet Vanilla 🙂

  25. olivia280177

    23rd June 2013 at 1:47 pm

    the mango and greek honey

  26. JudeVFR400

    24th June 2013 at 6:38 pm

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

  27. colleen

    24th June 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Mango and greek honey sounds so yummy

  28. Adeinne

    24th June 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I would choose greek and mango 🙂

  29. X

    25th June 2013 at 12:24 am

    Mango and greek sounds divine 🙂

  30. Whiteshadows

    25th June 2013 at 2:11 am

    Strawberries & Cream and Summer Fruits

  31. ben

    25th June 2013 at 5:35 am

    greek and greek honey

  32. Janice5972

    25th June 2013 at 6:12 am

    Caramel and greek

  33. Anonymous

    25th June 2013 at 6:20 am

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


  34. Tracey Peach

    25th June 2013 at 7:35 am

    Banana & Strawberry YummY

  35. Ben Cofield

    25th June 2013 at 7:36 am

    caramel & vanilla!

  36. Jo Mapp

    25th June 2013 at 7:48 am

    Blueberries & Cream and Sweet Blackcurrant

  37. philiboy

    25th June 2013 at 7:48 am

    I’d go for Blueberries and Cream, and Strawberries and cream

  38. Tammy Tudor

    25th June 2013 at 7:57 am

    Vanilla custard and lovely Greek honey 🙂

  39. Libby Ray

    25th June 2013 at 8:10 am

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

  40. caroles

    25th June 2013 at 8:18 am

    Greek and honey and Greek and coconut – sound delicious!

  41. angie mummy

    25th June 2013 at 9:10 am

    greek and honey, caramel

  42. Beky Austerberry

    25th June 2013 at 9:29 am

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

  43. @PaulM74

    25th June 2013 at 9:35 am

    Sweet Mango and Vanilla Custard

  44. Alan C

    25th June 2013 at 10:22 am

    strawberries and cream and banana

  45. Fiona King

    25th June 2013 at 10:59 am

    Greek Honey and strawberries

  46. cate howes

    25th June 2013 at 11:12 am

    sweet banana and lemon x

  47. Semone

    25th June 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Natural and Greek and Honey

  48. Blulu

    25th June 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Greek honey and caramel 🙂

  49. mpad6869

    25th June 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Tennis Flavour – strawberries and cream!

  50. jenniwren12

    25th June 2013 at 7:58 pm

    vanilla and greek

  51. Emily P

    25th June 2013 at 8:26 pm

    summer fruits and greek yoghurt,sound yummy! 🙂

  52. littlebean

    25th June 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Strawberries and cream and greek honey!

  53. Lese Adkins

    25th June 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Sweet Strawberry and Sweet Forest Fruits

  54. Jen

    25th June 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Caramel and a nice refreshing lemon 🙂

  55. Hilda hazel Wright

    26th June 2013 at 9:36 am

    I’d pick 2 EasiYo Reduced Fat Yogurt Base and then have fun experimenting with different fruit!

  56. Allan Smith

    26th June 2013 at 9:56 am

    Greek Honey & Sweet Strawberry

  57. maria

    26th June 2013 at 6:18 pm

    caramel and toffee

  58. kasza

    26th June 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Chocolate and Greek honey

  59. Andy Harris

    26th June 2013 at 8:45 pm

    caramel & toffee

  60. Emma Jackson

    28th June 2013 at 6:54 am

    Caramel sounds fabulous and also the Greek style honey one please x

  61. Faye Huntington

    28th June 2013 at 10:53 pm

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

  62. Louise A

    29th June 2013 at 9:42 am

    Vanilla and Greek honey.

  63. Solange

    29th June 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Caramel & Greek Honey

  64. Hannah Smith

    29th June 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Caramel and greek honey! Yum!!!

  65. Larley Haylar

    30th June 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Peaches and cream and Summer Fruits

  66. Gary Topley

    30th June 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Summer Fruits and Strawberries and Cream

  67. Ser

    30th June 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Chocolate, cherries and cream and strawberies and cream

  68. clare d

    30th June 2013 at 10:31 pm

    greek and honey and strawberry

  69. Mickie Bull

    1st July 2013 at 11:15 am

    EasiYo Greek Style Yoghurt and EasiYo Summer Fruits Yoghurt

  70. Helen :)

    2nd July 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Lemon and Natural 🙂

  71. jen jackson

    3rd July 2013 at 8:26 pm

    caramel and honey

  72. Marilyn Greenwood

    4th July 2013 at 1:30 pm

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

  73. Alison

    4th July 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Greek honey and lemon

  74. princesssmithee

    4th July 2013 at 7:08 pm

    sweet vanilla , and toffee

  75. Mary Ja

    4th July 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Raspberries and Cream and mango

  76. Kathleen Hooper

    4th July 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Natural and greek honey

  77. stephen holman

    5th July 2013 at 10:31 am

    Caramel and toffee ! YUM 🙂

  78. emma D

    5th July 2013 at 10:52 am

    caramel and toffee 🙂

  79. Sarah Mcknight

    5th July 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Chocolate, Cherries and Cream and i would choose Sweet Caramel 🙂

  80. Saran Benjamin

    5th July 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Sweet vanilla and Caramel Yum xx

  81. Vanessa

    5th July 2013 at 3:26 pm

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

  82. Anonymous

    5th July 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Maybe Blueberries and Cream Yoghurt and Lemon Yoghurt 🙂


  83. rachael jones

    5th July 2013 at 7:26 pm

    banana & toffee

  84. zebedee01

    5th July 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Strawberries and cream, and Sweet Caramel

  85. Ellen Stafford

    5th July 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Low Fat Greek Style Yoghurt and Sweet Caramel

  86. jenny

    5th July 2013 at 7:53 pm

    caramel & Greek Honey for me :0)

  87. Jenny Rogers

    5th July 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Lemon, and chocolate, cherries and cream

  88. Dessallara

    5th July 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Blueberries and cream, and Lemon :}

  89. Angie Hoggett

    5th July 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Caramel and Summer Fruits

  90. Anonymous

    5th July 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Caramel and Toffee yummy

  91. sam bailey

    6th July 2013 at 12:03 am

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

  92. Sam Furniss

    6th July 2013 at 2:17 am

    Lemon & Sweet Vanilla

  93. Katie Smith

    6th July 2013 at 8:58 am

    it would have to be caramel and toffee

  94. thisisit

    6th July 2013 at 10:41 am

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

  95. julie macmillan

    6th July 2013 at 11:56 am

    Caramel + Toffee Yummy 🙂 x

  96. Mary Campbell

    6th July 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Greek and Greek ‘n’ honey – a perfect combination 🙂

  97. Alisa Moore

    6th July 2013 at 6:22 pm

    EasiYo Greek and Coconut Yoghurt and Sweet Vanilla Custard Yogurt

  98. claire wilkinson

    6th July 2013 at 8:13 pm

    lemon and chocolate x

  99. Vicky Robinson

    6th July 2013 at 8:57 pm

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

  100. Francis Lee

    6th July 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Peaches & Cream and Banana


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