The lovely people from Beanies Flavour Co. have given me a Yogart yogurt making starter kit to test out and another starter kit to give away to one lucky reader.
If you have never made yogurt at home before – it’s very easy – you just mix the sachet with water and leave the mixture in the machine for 8-12 hours.
We love home made yogurt in our house. I used to work in the dairy industry and I know how long it takes to get fresh yogurt from the place it is made to the supermarkets and then home to you – it’s quite a few days. The idea of eating it within 24 hours of making it – it just has to be healthier – and it tastes just yummy.
The main problem we had when we got our kit was deciding which flavour to make first. the children were arguing between strawberry and lemon, so in order to solve the problem (and also in the name of research) I got my trusty hot water yogurt maker out and made them both side by side.
If you do get this yogurt making kit from Yogart, please do not read the instructions that come with the yogurt maker – they are one of those that have clearly been translated somebody who learned English somewhere very strange indeed. Everything you need to know is on the outside of the sample pack.
So we mixed our lemon yogurt with water:
and put it in a pot in the machine and switched it on:
Yogurt is made by allowing milk and yogurt cultures to ferment at a certain temperature for 8-12 hours so the yogurt cultures reproduce and the milk becomes thick. The Yogart machine does this by running at a low electrical current and gently heating the yogurt. The one thing that was missing was a timer to switch it off after 8-12 hours. That would have been the middle of the night for us so we let it run for 16 hours.
The other yogurt maker that I have does the same thing, but you start by dipping the yogurt mixture in boiling water and you leave it in an insulated bucket to cool down – also over 8-12 hours (but we left that one for 16 hours too).
The results were exactly the same – rich, creamy, gloopy yogurt with a sharp tangy taste and no fruity bits or lumps in – just the way my children like it. We spooned it on cereal, we had it with fresh fruit, we added it to smoothies and both flavours vanished in less than a day. All in all we are very happy and I’m looking forward to making the other flavours.
So now you have the chance to win a Yogart starter set of your own. Simply visit the Yogart site, and tell me which of the yogurt flavours do you like best and what flavour would you like to see added to the range? Then fill in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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