Back at the start of the summer holidays I was invited to the UK launch of the EasiYo Yogurt Maker. Sadly I couldn’t make the event, but I was very intrigued, having two yogurt fans in the house, the idea of making my own supplies was rather appealing.
I’m going to be working with EasiYo over the coming months to share this range with you, and the best way to start, was to try out the EasiYo Yogurt Maker for ourselves. I received a 1kg EasiYo Yogurt Maker kit, which comes with a jar and a couple of yogurt mixes (the mixes we’ve received are a natural yogurt with coconut and a cherry yogurt).
As none of us are particular fans of coconut I decided to start by making the Cherry yogurt. The instructions looked easy, fill the outer case with an amount of boiling water, fill the jar halfway with water at room temperature, add the yogurt mix, secure lid, shake, add more water, secure lid, place inside outer case, secure outer lid and leave for 8-12 hours.
After 8-12 hours we should have had lovely cherry flavoured yogurt. My two able assistants were chomping at the bit.
Well of course, if I can find a difficult way of doing something I will! But this is all good, and saves you from my making the same school girl errors. Firstly, I didn’t realise the red spacer inside could be removed. I had tried to take it out but was worried about breaking it. If I had removed it before first making my yogurt, all would have been clear! There are two marker lines on this spacer – one for 500g water level and one for 1kg water level. As I couldn’t see these, I hadn’t put enough boiling water into the maker. The result? After 8 hours I didn’t have lovely thick yogurt, it was still runny. Uuum. Never fear, it was not the end of the world. I consulted a blogging friend I knew had recently made up her first batch of yogurt. What have I done wrong? It soon became clear that I’d messed up my water levels. The good news, my error could be rectified. I simply increased the boiling water to the correct level and left the yogurt for a few more hours. It’s really important to get the levels right as you need the correct amount of water to activate the lactic cultures inside the yogurt mix.
By this time my assistants had got their spoons out, would they enjoy the results of my limited labours? The EasiYo Yogurt Maker makes a thick yogurt and the bowls were soon empty.
Both Monkey and Daddy P loved their first taste of EasiYo, and I was really rather impressed too. They do eat a lot more yogurt than I do, but I liked being able to sample a small bowl with some fresh fruit added. The yogurt tasted full of flavour and for Daddy P to be impressed, it must be good.
The yogurt stays fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks, which makes it absolutely ideal for our family. It’s worth noting that the EasiYo mixes contain no artificial ingredients, are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians too. There are a whole host of flavour mixes available as well as smaller storage jars. This set retails for around £18.00 and more information can be found on the website.
The maker itself stands at approx 28cms tall, by 16cms diameter, it fits perfectly in one of my kitchen cupboards, but it’s worth being aware of the size.
We’re looking forward to sharing new from the EasiYo Yogurt Maker range with you over the coming months and to trying out some different flavours.
disclaimer: we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review.