Is homemade yogurt worth the effort?
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What they said...
The new maker – featuring the first redesign in the brand’s 23 year history – is sleek and stylish, yet simple. With no moving parts or electronics, it’s easy to clean and is the perfect size to fit compactly on a kitchen shelf. Durable and secure, the maker features an easy grip handle, non-slip feet and smooth surfaces.
Creating your own fresh yogurt, either alone or with your family couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is mix an EasiYo Yogurt sachet with water, put it in the EasiYo Yogurt Maker and in 8-12 hours or overnight you’ve created 1kg of delicious yogurt.
What our tested said...
I tend to have yogurt for breakfast nearly every morning, so the thought of having fresh, homemade yogurt was something I could not wait to try. The whole preparation process of filling the container, shaking it, then placing it in the maker took me less than five minutes in total, boiling the kettle included. So for those wondering if making your own yogurt is a lot of unnecessary effort when you could just run down to the supermarket, for me, it was super easy.
EasiYo is good in that respect. Grandchildren could have a go, provided they had some help from when filling the container with boiling water. As well, the instructions don’t change if you use a different flavoured yogurt – I had coconut and strawberry – which is helpful because it makes the process speedy for those who have done it fair few times already.
Admittedly, the setting process wasn’t so speedy, so if you’re looking for a batch of fresh yogurt immediately then you're barking up the wrong tree. However, if you want fresh, creamy yogurt set for the following morning, then this is a brilliant way of making your breakfast a little more special. The setting process of the yogurt was a tad tricky, and my first attempt was disastrous - it was more coconut milk than coconut yogurt!
The main mistake I made with the first batch of yogurt was deviating from the instructions. I didn’t fill the container to the top with water, thinking that a little less water would help the setting process. This, I learnt, was the wrong thing to do. I was extra careful the second time around and filled the container 5mm from the top, according to the instructions, and the yogurt was perfectly set for the following morning.
Once it’s rested in the fridge it comes out as thick-set yogurt that’s very creamy. But it’s the texture that makes the EasiYo yogurt stand out from its pre-made supermarket competitors. There’s none of the horrible wateriness that yogurts from the supermarket tend to have.
Although the EasiYo is certainly secure and definitely doesn’t slip on my kitchen surface, it certainly does not fit on my already packed kitchen shelf. What does benefit the design is its lack of cumbersome wires and plugs (unlike the majority of food processors), which can often be the worst part of most kitchen equipment. EasiYo would make a great gift for children and they could make the yogurt the night before they went to school in the morning. As for me, I will definitely be trying my luck with some of the other flavours available.