Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Yoghurt is one of my favourite after dinner treats. A home yoghurt maker is a fantastic appliance if you love yoghurt. Making your own yoghurt is much cheaper than buying commercial versions. It allows for greater control over the ingredients and consistency of the product.
Yoghurt makers look and feel like a medium-sized thermo that holds a smaller plastic jar. You half fill the jar with cool water, than pour in the contents of a pouch of powdered milk plus live cultures and then top the jar with water and shake it to mix. Pour nearly boiling water into the thermo and then place the yoghurt jar into the thermo and put the lid on and leave it on the bench to ferment.
Ease of cleaning: A yoghurt maker should be dishwasher safe so that the container can be regular sterilised. The base should be easy to wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any milk residue. You definitely don’t want that disgusting old milk smell in your house.
Automatic timer: Some yoghurt makers alert people to the time when the yoghurt should be done. Different bacteria ferment at different times so this may not be 100% accurate. If the yoghurt is under fermented then it will be thin and watery while over fermented yoghurt will be thick. I usually just leave mine overnight to ferment and then it is ready by the morning for breakfast. Once you have made the yoghurt a couple of times you will have a good general idea of how long it takes to ferment.
Making your own yogurt at home is simple and it’s something that you can make once a week for you and your family. Do you have a yoghurt maker?