A while ago, I blogged about getting a yoghurt maker. One of our friends must have read the post as she very kindly donated a vintage 1970s electric one a few weeks ago. I excitedly set it up and used it straight away – and this home-made yoghurt post would have happened a fortnight ago… if only I’d done a little research first.
Alas, the yoghurt maker lost its instructions at some point so I just winged it. My first attempt didn’t set and just tasted like gone off milk… revolting! I took to the internet to see if I could find any instructions and realised that the fresh milk I used needed to be pre-boiled. Alternatively, as I’ve done since then, I’ve used whole UHT milk which can be used at room temperature straight from the carton. I also found that adding powdered milk gives a creamier and more set result. Success!
If like us, you consume a lot of yoghurt for breakfast and in cooking, home-made is the way forward. Yoghurt makers are relatively cheap to buy brand new – and they’re also the kind of thing that often languish in cupboards as unwanted gifts. Perhaps a friend or relative has one going spare – or check out some well known auction sites! So far, we’ve been enjoying it with a squirt of honey, but you can add anything you fancy – fresh or stewed fruit, maple syrup or granola to name but three.
We both remember having yoghurt makers at home when we were children. We also remember them being used a couple of times and then languishing in their boxes at the back of the cupboard, never to be seen again. I recall home made yoghurt as being ghastly – little more than sour milk!
We eat quite a lot of yoghurt in this household. It usually forms part of breakfast, and sometimes dessert. Fudge has a couple of spoons in the morning too as it seems very good for his digestion in terms of reducing gas (we won’t dwell on details, but a good tip for dog owners that one). Our tastes have become a bit more refined since our childhood days. We like a bit of creamy richness, not too sweet & not too sour – blueberry, figs, strawberry and vanilla are favourite flavourings.
If you make your own, you can enjoy it plain & natural or squeeze over some runny honey, pop in fresh fruit, add it to cereal and even cook with it. I sometimes use it in my bread dough and Justin adds a few dollops to curries.
Yoghurt and yoghurt makers have come a long way since the 70s. We have a couple of favourites. The robustness of the Cuisineart and the flexibility it gives of making just one small jar at a time or up to six 125 ml pots + two 250 ml pots – as well as it doubling up as a cheese maker – makes it a real contender. The favourite though, is the cute Me & Yo; of course this was going to be the winner with it being bright orange and all!
- Cuisinart YM400E yoghurt and cheese maker: £69.85, Amazon
- Klarstein 1 litre Me & Yo: £22.90, eBay
- Steba yoghurt maker: £47.99, Wayfair
- EasiYo mini yoghurt maker: £7.49, Lakeland
- Vonshef digital yoghurt maker: £49.99, Domu