I spotted this product some time ago and wondered what it would be like, whether it truly makes smooth yoghurt that tastes good. The process sounded too easy to be true but here laid my opportunity to try EasiYo’s redesigned yoghurt maker. Available in many countries across the world, this product originated from New Zealand and was launched in Australia 20 years ago. Recently they redesigned the yoghurt maker making it sleeker with a stylish retro red finish but it doesn’t stop at aesthetics.
Not only is the yoghurt maker more user friendly with an easy grip handle on the twist lid, it also has a non-slip base so it doesn’t slide and topple. In order to keep the fermentation process consistent, they have also replaced polystyrene insulation with a layer of New Zealand wool to maintain the right temperature every time for consistent yoghurt results.
Time to road test this thing! The instructions are really simple and straight forward, so quick and easy I had to look twice. All you have to do is add water really. I received a 1L yoghurt maker with 1L reusable container. I’d put the kettle on boil then start.
I pour clean, drinkable water (15 – 20 degrees celcius) into the clear yoghurt container until the halfway mark then added 1 sachet of yoghurt powder.
Next put the lid on the container and give it a good shake then remove lid and pour more water up to the fill line. Put the lid back on.
Add boiling water to top of the red insert inside the yoghurt maker (red flask). Place the container inside the yoghurt maker. Don’t forget to put the lid on the yoghurt maker!
And now we wait, for just 8-12 hours. Once it was done I took the container of yoghurt out and popped it in the fridge for breakfast the next day.
Meanwhile, let’s talk about yoghurt. We all know Australians love yoghurt whether on its own, in a fruit salad, with muesli or even as dessert. We also know that yoghurt contains many health benefits such as calcium, protein and beneficial live cultures like acidophilus which are at their most potent as soon as the yoghurt is made. If you could make yoghurt this easily at home on demand in 8-12 hours, it would be very convenient and fresh.
I was curious about the process of making yoghurt from a dry sachet and what that dry sachet actually contained as opposed to a yoghurt bought from the supermarket. EasiYo yoghurt sachets consist of high quality New Zealand freeze dried milk powder and all natural colours, flavouring, sugars and cultures. There are no stabilisers, emulsifiers, artificial colouring or preservatives. Compared to some store bought youghurts that contain artificial additives, this is a big plus on top of the convenience. They are also gluten, wheat and meat product (gelatine) free hence suitable for vegetarians too.
It was time for the all important taste test. Our first pick was summer fruits yoghurt. I opened the container to find myself some nicely set yoghurt, smooth and looking very good so far. In went the spoon and nom. It tasted good. Creamy, no lumps, great consistency and delicious. Never thought I could make yoghurt at home and certainly not this easily. We have also made another two lots of different flavours and they turned out great too. Results are looking consistent every time so far.
I was pretty impressed with myself, then came back to reality – the product works well. It is very easy to provide this healthy snack for the family. I’m really glad I tried it and have one to use now.
EasiYo yoghurt maker is available at $24.99 each while 1L yoghurt sachets are from $4.50 each.