Saturday, August 29, 2009

Homemade yogurt

All who know me know that I am somewhat obsessed with yogurt. Particularly the yogurt in France... Ter, you will clearly recall my excitement as I attempted to choose from the array of dazzling flavours that lined the dairy case of every grocery store when we were in Paris. Everyone else goes for the wine and cheese, but not me...

Last week, we splurged on a yogurt maker (Waring Pro Yogurt Maker for any who might be inspired by this review).

Today was our first attempt using it. It's quite simple, despite being called a 'professional yogurt maker'. You add the bacteria to milk, heat to a boil, let cool and then place in the machine for about 5-6 hours. Once refrigerated for a couple of hours, it is ready to eat. The bacteria can be found in any health food store for about 50 cents per litre of yogurt.

I've gotta admit that the yogurt doesn't come close to what is sold in stores. You have to like real, plain yogurt to enjoy this though. But I love it just like this or with a bit of sugar (especially maple sugar or syrup) and/or fresh fruit stirred in. The machine is definitely a keeper. And I'm sure that in the long-run, given the quantities of yogurt that we go through, that we'll actually end up saving money too.


Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to buy one of these! We go through so much yogurt with the kids and the stuff "marketed" to kid is so full of crap and sugar! Now I am getting one for sure!!!

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Lindsay said...

As long as you like plain yogurt (we used to get Liberty), you'll should like the yogurt from the machine. I much prefer this to the lengthy list of ingredients on store-bought yogurt, plus it tastes better.

Just an fyi, if you do end up getting one, we didn't follow the recipe in the book that came with the machine (which used a yogurt start-up), but rather we bought bacteria and followed the instructions on it.