One of T’s favourite foods in the whole wide world is yoghurt. From greek yoghurt to frozen yoghurt, yoghurt with fruit in to yoghurt that’s been shoved on a stick and frozen at home. It was one of his first tastes when we started weaning and he still enjoys it to this day – just more of it!
For some unknown reason, Sharon doesn’t like yoghurt (apart from that fromage frais that builds bones, you know the one) , however I LOVE yoghurt and often put it in baking for a healthy option, or just blob it on some fruit with honey. Sadly, I can’t get away with eating as much of it as T – but you’ll often find me licking the spoon after we’ve served T with some!
Thanks to T’s increasing appetite, we go through a lot of yoghurt on a weekly basis, and therefore have always wanted to try making it ourselves in an attempt to increase our stock, but we always thought it would require a science lab (or at least several sterile jars) and therefore never gave it a go.
So when we found out about EasiYo and were invited to give their yoghurt maker a go we were really keen to get started making our own.
There isn’t much when it comes to making yoghurt with EasiYo. All you need is their yoghurt maker, a yoghurt jar, and a sachet of their yoghurt mix. Simple! Looking on their website, there are dozens of flavours from your everyday flavours such as; strawberry, banana, and vanilla, to more gourmet flavours such as lemon and ginger, peaches and cream, or mixed berry. You can also buy greek style yoghurt and custards!
Like I said, you really don’t need a science lab. Your kitchen will do and it only takes a few minutes to set up. There’s no measuring and can even be done with the help of a toddler!
- Half-fill your yogurt jar with tepid / room temperature water. Add your yogurt sachet, pop the lid on and give it a good shake (toddlers love this bit!). Once thoroughly shaken, fill the jar up with more water to the fill line… and then shake again!
- Place the plastic space all the way down (making sure it’s the right way up) to the bottom and fill with boiling water to the top of the spacer.
- Put your jar of yoghurt mix into the Yogurt Maker so that it sits on top of the spacer. The boiling water will rise part-way up the sides of the jar – don’t worry. Put the Yogurt Maker lid on and leave it for 8 to 12 hours (or overnight) to set.
Once set, I do recommend plopping it in the fridge to chill, as warm yoghurt is a bit odd to say the least, but saying that, we both still enjoyed giving it a good taste test. We were invited to try two flavours; strawberry and toffee, and so far after trying the strawberry we found it to be delicious!
The yoghurt makes 1kg of yoghurt and that’s lasted the both of us a full week. During the week I added several toppings from banana and strawberries, as well as placed the rest of it in moulds to create strawberry ice lollies – which went down a treat on a hot day. Other recipes using their plain yoghurt can include everything from overnight oats, to smoothies, and even cheese!
I really enjoyed trying the yoghurt maker a go and will definitely give their other flavours a try. What’s also useful about the maker is that it’s easy to clean and it doesn’t take any time at all to make. I set mine up when I got in from work and it was ready for breakfast the next morning. No fuss or mess!
We were given an EasyYo yoghurt maker in exchange for a review, however all thoughts an opinions expressed are our own.