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August 5, 2008

Yogurt Maker Review

I recently started to make yogurt using a “yogurt maker”. There are several kinds out there so I thought I would let you know how the one I own works.

  • Brand: Yogourmet
  • Model: Multi
  • Price when I bought it: Under $50 U.S.
  • Duration of time owned at time of posting: 3 weeks (now much longer and I still like it) (Still like it a year later)

Most recent update (September 14, 2008)

I purchased mine on Amazon.com since I had no idea what I was doing when I bought it. The user reviews were helpful in helping me decide. At least at the moment, the price is fluctuating. You may wish to check back during different days of the week to see if it changes.

The one I bought also came with:

  • 1 digital thermometer
  • 1 Linen yogurt cheese strainer
  • 2 boxes of pro-biotic, freeze-dried bacteria starter
  • 1 Booklet in French, Spanish, and English

– There are also extra tubs available for purchase.

In one purchase you are ready to make yogurt, Greek-style yogurt, and yogurt cheese.

Yogurt makers are really incubators for the prepared, inoculated milk. You make it, it finishes it. They are fantastic for keeping a nice constant temperature to incubate your yogurt with little worry or fuss. You can make your own but you then have to constantly check the temperature of the yogurt.

For this yogurt maker you pour your prepared milk into a single tub and put on the lid*. You then put it into the main chamber  into which you have already poured a marked amount of water . The tub is suspended in this water, though there is no chance of the water getting into the tub. The water is heated and the temperature is evenly spread over the entire tub. No hot spots. This is what appealed to me when I chose this one. You put the lid onto the main chamber and then plug it in and let it sit for the specified amount of time. There is a glowing indicator light that is on when the device is plugged in. This one does not have a timer or automatic shut-off.

* Caution: The inner lid will want to pop off. I think it is due to the warm air expanding as the contents warm. Just set the inner lid on top of the container without sealing it tight. Put the outer container on as specified. I have been doing it this way for months and no pop-offs since then. Very easy fix. The lid keeps the extra moisture from the water bath out fine without sealing it. When you are finished incubating, seal it then. 🙂

So far every batch has been consistent with great results. If you do get the kit with the bacteria starter, be sure to check the side of the box to see if it is probiotic. If it is, follow the directions on the box, not the pamphlet.

Accessories:

The thermometer that came with it works very well. It can be set for either C or F on its digital read out. The thermometer can be shut off to save battery life. There is a way to change the battery. Do not submerge in water.

The linen bag is standard. It worked just fine for straining the yogurt. It suggests boiling the bag before use to sterilize.

The booklet has clear instructions and suggestions for adding thickeners according to your preferences and type of milk used. It also has a section to tell you what may have gone wrong with your yogurt if you run into trouble.

This yogurt maker suites my needs very well. I like to make the yogurt in one big batch since I am likely to strain the yogurt rather than eat the yogurt as is. Some of the user reviews stated a wish for multiple small containers in which to incubate the yogurt. This allows one to take the yogurt to work or wherever without transferring it to another container first. Another feature that people liked was being able to see the yogurt as it set. I found peeking at it just fine. The lack of a timer or auto-shut off was not a big deal for me since you do not have to take the yogurt off at the exact minute. As long as you do not forget it is cooking, a shut off is not needed. Since I am not sure when I will be taking it off, I do not want it to shut off anyway. The only thing useful for an auto shut-off would be if it finished half way through the night when you are asleep or when you are out of the house for a period of time.

Should I encounter problems with the Yogourmet yogurt maker, I will add it to this blog to warn people.

— Still going strong by May 2009!


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2 Comments »

  1. Tnx for the info

    Comment by Pauluz — May 29, 2009 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  2. i love this yogurt maker, The yogurt maker is pretty simple to operate and is as advertised. Depending on the type of milk, and the length of incubation time effects the consistency of the yogurt.I have made several batches with organic milk, soy milk, and low fat milk. Instead of spending $16.00 for an extra batch jar, I pour out to a seperate container, and can reuse the 1 jar that it came with, and if you save at least 1/2 cup of fresh yogurt, you can use that as your starter, instead of paying for a packet every time.

    Comment by Graziano — March 13, 2014 @ 9:19 am | Reply


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