As a frequent buyer and eater of yogurt, I feel guilty that I don’t make yogurt at home more often to save money and reduce my consumption of single-use plastic containers. I mean, how hard can it be?
The answer is, harder than you may think. (At least for me.)
My attempt at slow cooker yogurt curdled. Never again. And the yogurt I fermented in a glass jar wrapped in a blanket overnight came out sour and barely edible. I once successfully made yogurt in a vacuum flask (thermos) but the narrow neck of the thermos made extracting the yogurt difficult and I could only make yogurt in small quantities.
So when I was recently given the opportunity to review the new, restyled EasiYo yogurt maker, I leapt at the chance. Could this be the answer to my yogurt-making woes?
About the EasiYo Yogurt Maker
EasiYo is a New Zealand yogurt maker brand that launched in Australia 20 years ago. The latest model comes has a retro red finish and is more streamlined and user-friendly than earlier models thanks to an easy grip handle, improved twist lid and non-slip feet.
The secret of the EasiYo yogurt maker is its ability to keep the fermentation process consistent. To enhance this process and maintain the right temperature during the developing phase, the polystyrene insulation has been replaced with a layer of New Zealand wool.
- EasiYo yogurt maker RRP $24.99
- EasiYo 1L yogurt sachets RRP from $4.50
You can see how the yogurt is made in the following short video.
My Assessment of the EasiYo Yogurt Maker
The main benefit of the EasiYo system is its simplicity. If you want consistent results every time, then the EasiYo system may work very well for you.
Unlike some commercial products, EasiYo yogurt has no artificial colours, flavours or stabilisers and no gelatine, making it suitable for vegetarians. And by making your own yogurt, you know that you are eating a fresh product full of acidophilus and other live cultures. I especially like the 1 litre reusable yogurt containers which are free from polycarbonate, BPA and any form of anti-environmental hormones.
If you prefer to use locally produced milk to make your yogurt, you can still use the EasiYo yogurt maker. This post from Kirsten at Sustainable Suburbia gives instructions on how to make yogurt in an EasyYo yogurt maker either using a sachet of EasiYo yogurt or existing yogurt as a starter. I have tried Kirsten’s method and it works really well. I expect this is the main way I will use my yogurt maker in future.
This review of the EasiYo Yogurt maker is brought to you by Nuffnang and EasiYo. While I was given a yogurt maker and sample sachets free of charge, the opinions expressed are my own.