I am sadly excited by trying out a "homemade" yoghurt recipe in my Easi yo

(20 Posts)
theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 18-Jan-13 13:32:22

I have an easi-yo maker and enjoy the yoghurt made from the sachets, but they aren't cheap.
I went on money expert forum and they have home made recipe. For anyone interested ( probably no one except myself !) its:
- 1 lt UHT milk - I have gone for Semi Skimmed
- 2 tablespoons milk powder
- 1 carton natural yoghurt

i shall find out tomorrow how it tastes.
Please humour me and post if you have an Easi yo!

Anyexcuse Sat 19-Jan-13 08:26:21

I'm very interested in how you get on. My yogurt maker has sat in the cupboard unused for about a year now as the sachets are so expensive. I've been buying sainsbo's basic yogurt instead. How does the homemade version work? Will you create a 'culture' that keeps 'growing'? It's all a little scary to be honest.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 19-Jan-13 11:45:12

Hurrah one taker !

Well I tried it this morning and its a bit disappointing actually. It hasn't thickened as much as I thought it would so maybe I need more milk powder. It is the consistency of yoghurt drinks and it has a nice creamy flavour.

You are meant to be able to use your made yoghurt as a culture once you have done it but to be honest I'm not going to because it hasn't turned out so well.

Maybe I need live yoghurt - I just used a carton of plain yoghurt, not sure if
there is any difference.

Cost wise by the time I paid for the milk, milk powder and yoghurt it's about a pound so probably not that difference from the sainsburys basics.

Anyexcuse Sat 19-Jan-13 12:52:25

Mm, disappointing isn't it? And all so complicated. Think I'll just stick with the bought stuff - it's only about 70p (I think). Good luck with any further attempts.

bruffin Sat 19-Jan-13 13:37:06

You do need live yoghurt. I use greek yoghurt as a base, although that is just sieved normal yoghurt.
I have never used mik powder and mine comes out thick.
The yoghurt must remain still while it is cooking.

bruffin Sat 19-Jan-13 13:38:33

I use the lakeland electric yoghurt maker.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 19-Jan-13 13:54:50

Hi bruffin thanks for the reply - what type of yoghurt should I be looking for? and what do you mean about the yoghurt remaining still - I put it in the easi yo and leave it there for the 12 hours - is that what you mean?

Many thanks

bruffin Sat 19-Jan-13 14:11:55

Yes it should in the same place for the full time, no stirring or disturbing at all.
The easy yo is thermos based one, so i wonder if the it is not keeping the milk warm enough as it meant to be used with the packets which probably have thickener added.
I use the plain greek yoghurt either tesco own or the main brand which i cant think of at the moment.
I then use my own for the next batch. However i find the taste gets stronger with each batch so only do it a few times.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 19-Jan-13 14:15:22

I got the recipe from the money saving expert site and it was for use with the easi yo, looks like I may need to stick to the sachets.

Jayne266 Sat 19-Jan-13 14:17:09

Am doing this at the moment my first batch was too lumpy hmm any tips?

UptoapointLordCopper Sat 19-Jan-13 19:09:33

I used to do the NCT weaning book recipe - boil milk, add milk powder, add a tablespoon of live yoghurt when cool enough, stick it in the airing cupboard and look at it again the next day. Sometimes it would be thick, sometimes runny. Thick: eat as yoghurt. Runny: use for smoothies or baking.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 19-Jan-13 19:25:48

Thanks uptoapoint - what recipes would I use yoghurt in?

UptoapointLordCopper Sat 19-Jan-13 19:38:12

Yoghurt in pancakes, muffins, bread (yeast bread and soda bread), and curry. Can dig out some recipes later if you want, otherwise just google. smile Use as substitute for buttermilk (half milk half yoghurt).

Flatbread Sat 19-Jan-13 19:43:50

I make yogurt as well. I use whole milk.

Heat 1/2ltr carton of milk till it is hot, but not boiling. Add 2tbsp Greek yogurt and stir well. Put in a covered bowl wrapped in a kitchen cloth or towel. Put on top of a warm radiator.

If I do this at night, the yogurt is ready by lunch the next day.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 19-Jan-13 20:37:40

Cool will have a go at some of those tomorrow uptoapoint.
Flatbread - do youthink it needs whole milk to work ?

UptoapointLordCopper Sat 19-Jan-13 20:47:00

Two I do quite often:

Buttermilk pancakes and buttermilk baps.

And banana smoothies.

They also react with bicarbs to get the rise in soda bread. Try them if you like soda bread. My DC don't like it ... Philistines.

Good luck!

Flatbread Sat 19-Jan-13 20:48:11

Original, I have always used whole milk...no idea if it works with semi-skimmed...

UptoapointLordCopper Sat 19-Jan-13 20:48:29

And curry. Replace soya yoghurt with dairy yoghurt. grin It's very nice.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 19-Jan-13 21:18:08

DS loves pancakes and we normally only have them on Shrove Tuesday. So I think I will do those tomorrow morning.

Those buttermilk baps look really great.

I dont have an easyio but I would love to try making my own yoghurt! Watching this thread smile

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