Product Type: EasiYo gadgets
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Easi Yo - Demystifying Yogurt Making
Easiyo Yoghurt Maker
Member Name: Nibelung
Easiyo Yoghurt Maker
Advantages: Very easy method. No more electrical appliances if you've got a kettle! Cheapish good quality yogurt
Disadvantages: Perhaps not QUITE as convenient as grabbing a shop-bought pot from the fridge, but that's about it
We'd been aware of the Easi Yo system, originating in New Zealand, for quite a while thanks to a couple of strategically-placed Lakeland Shops, one in Windsor and the other in Kingston.
One day whilst browsing shops in Hereford, we wandered into their Lakeland store and bought our 'starter kit' for about £15 I seem to recall.
We also bought the set of extra jars (and two yogurt pots) for around £6.99
In the starter set you get all the ingredients you'd need for your first batch of 'yoggy'. However, like colour printers which invariably come with only half-filled ink cartridges, you won't make as much yogurt from the solitary sachet of Easi Yo's own powder as you do from future packs of sachets. The rest of the kit comprises one insulated flask, one 1 litre yogurt mixing jar, and some 'squirty' fruit concentrate for putting on your yogurt just prior to serving.
The packs of sachets all cost around £10.49 to £12.48, some containing 5 sachets and other 6, each sachet capable of making 1 litre of yogurt. There is a wide variety of styles and low fat versions too. We tend to plump for the 'Bio-Greek' at £10.49 for 5.
Thanks to the well thought-out system, there's no device to plug in overnight as the only source of hot water for this comes from your own kettle. As a result of that, I'd query Lakeland's claim that it 'uses no electricity'. It doesn't, but you do!
Basically, you mix the sachet in with some room-temperature water, give it all a good shake and put it into the insulation flask which has already had boiling water poured in up to a prescribed mark, seal the lid and leave it over night.
The flask is in white plastic with red trim, so it's not unsightly in most kitchens.
THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING
As I said before, we only tend to use the Greek yogurt mix, as we like it thick! This really does taste authentic and creamy, begging to have honey drizzled on it.
TAKING LIBERTIES WITH EASI YO IS 'EASI - NO?'
If you want to be even more cheap-skate, and you think that £2.05 per litre is expensive, then my wife stumbled upon an 'Easi Yo stretcher formula' which on the face of it can make a sachet designed to make one litre go 12 (yes 12) times farther.
OK, it involves the use of other ingredients, so it's not 12 times cheaper, but heaps cheaper it almost certainly is!
200 ml of evaporated milk, i.e. about half a large can
1 x tablespoon of the Easi Yo sachet, i.e. about one twelfth of it.
Full fat milk.
Put the evaporate milk into the mixing jar and top up with about 300 ml of full fat milk to around half way.
Add the tablespoon from the Easi Yo sachet plus 2 x tablespoons of a previous batch, or just use any plain yogurt if doing this for the first time.
Top up with the full fat milk to the 1 litre mark, shake again (oh yeah, put the lid on first! Duhhh!)
Add to the preheated insulated flask and sit back and wait!
p.s. I don't have a recipe for substitute honey, and anyway, the British Bee Keeping Association might accuse me of 'honey-laundering'.
Summary: Non-electrical home systme for making yogurt.
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