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Yoghurt has had something of a facelift in recent times in terms of what it can be used for and the recognition of its benefits. There’s nothing new about it and shops are filled with hundreds of different variations. But as the growing awareness of the health benefits of yoghurt has gripped us, there is also the awareness that sometimes the shop-bought products can be a little heavy on the sugar. That’s why homemade yoghurts have become popular and my gadget of choice for the task is the Easiyo Yoghurt Maker. Let me introduce this handy gadget.
Problems with store bought yoghurt
At first glance, making yoghurt at home might seem a bit of a mess around for something you can buy for pennies in the supermarket. But there are several reasons that people are turning away from store-bought stuff and turning to homemade.
Top of the list is that the quality of the milk used isn’t quite what it used to be. Even organic yoghurts mostly use milk from Holstein cows – and while they are popular for the kid’s books on cows, they aren’t the best milk producers.
There are other issues too including the use of pectin, the amount of lactose in them and even the flavourings that are used (think about those hidden sugars and their code names). All of this has meant people are trying homemade yoghurts that contain just the basic ingredients.
The Easiyo Yoghurt Maker
For me, the reason for buying the Easiyo Yoghurt Maker wasn’t so much about the issues with store bought yoghurt quality but that I don’t like lumps of fruit in yoghurt. And you don’t find many tasty pure yoghurts. So while I wanted to have more yoghurt and different flavours, I couldn’t find the choice I wanted in the shop.
I first spotted the Easiyo in Lakeland and did a bit of reading up on it. I was instantly impressed by three things – the ease of use, the range of products and the health benefits from the products.
Using the Easiyo
First up, the process of using the Easiyo is very simple, although I’ve slightly adapted it to combat being in the north of England where temperatures are a little cool. All you need is a sachet of your favourite Easiyo yoghurt mix and one of the containers – the big packets work with the big containers and smaller ones with the half sizes.
Fill the container with room temperature water (we usually measure to around 17 degrees) then mix in the sachet. You can shake it, but I often just use a spoon to get rid of the lumps. Top up to the top line, shake again and that’s stage one done.
Next, boil the kettle and fill the yoghurt maker to just above the red triangle stand inside it. Then place the container with the mix into it and close it up. Our method is to do this about tea time then around 10pm, open it up and refresh the boiling water. The yoghurt is then nicely set the next morning and we pop it in the fridge for supper that day or the following day’s breakfast.
We found if we didn’t change the hot water, it took a lot longer to set or resulted in runny yoghurt. Probably because we are in a slightly cold house in a cold climate!
The other reason I liked the product was the range of yoghurts that you can make with it. There are Greek style, natural yoghurts and loads of different flavours including:
- Banana (my favourite)
- Summer Fruits
As well as the straight up flavours there are also ones such as raspberries and cream, blueberries and cream, vanilla peach and bits and Greek and coconut. There are even ones with bits such as the lemon and ginger with bits and the berries and bits. The full-sized sachets are between 210-250g in weight.
You can buy them in a number of places – Amazon has some really good mixes as well as buying individually and Lakeland also offer them (through Amazon too). I’ve also picked them up in shops such as Holland & Barret and The Range.
Health benefits of Easiyo
The third reason I was impressed when I read up on the product was the health benefits from it. Easiyo yoghurts contain probiotics – that healthy bacteria that help your gut to function properly. This not only helps the digestive system but also boosts the immune system. The sachets are also filled with other good stuff such as protein, calcium, magnesium and Vitamin A and B.
It is easy to get these benefits too as there is so much you can do with the yoghurts you make. From using them in smoothies and smoothie bowls to adding granola and fruit for breakfast as well as just enjoying them as a snack, they are versatile and very tasty!
Have you ever tried homemade yoghurt? Let me know in the comments your favourite flavour and how you use it!