Are you a fan of having fresh, creamy yogurt for breakfast? If so, you may love being able to make your own yogurt at home! A lot of people assume that yogurt-making is a complicated process. However, it’s a lot easier than you’d think!
If you want to make delicious yogurt at home, you have to start by investing in a good machine. To do that, you need to understand how it works and what the benefits of using it are in the first place.
Have you ever taken a look at the ingredient label on a tub of store-bought yogurt? Chances are you’ll spot plenty of artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and preservatives. Gelatin, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial dyes are also common. There are barely any store-bought yogurt brands with nothing more than milk and live yogurt cultures.
The healthiest yogurt you can eat is the one you make at home. You get to choose the ingredients you use, meaning that you can add whatever fruit and sweetener you want. This way, you know exactly what’s going into your body.
The benefits of making yogurt at home are clear. Now comes the more challenging part: choosing the right yogurt maker. There are plenty of types of yogurt makers out there that can all transform milk and live yogurt culture into yogurt. Let’s take a look at the specific things you’ll need to check out in a yogurt maker:
There are two general types of yogurt makers: those with single-serving containers and those with large-sized containers. Large containers can make several servings of a single yogurt flavor. If you want to make several batches of yogurt, you may want to opt for this one. If you have a family that likes different flavors of yogurt, you may want to go for a single-serving container as it will allow you to make multiple flavors at once. A container may have up to eight small single-serving-sized containers for making yogurt.
Of course, a restaurant making yogurt would need a larger capacity than you would if you were merely making some for yourself. Yogurt makers are generally available with a capacity of anywhere between one quart (0.9 liters) to eight quarts (7.5 liters).
The traditional way of making yogurt without a machine usually requires you to leave the curd and bacteria mixture overnight. A yogurt maker can reduce the time it takes for the yogurt to ferment greatly. In fact, you could have fresh yogurt in as little as four hours!
This one is largely up to preference. Every yogurt maker has different controls that you can use to adjust fermentation time. Some also have a display so that you can see how much time is left. If you want a display, you’ll have to choose an electronic yogurt maker.
Another important thing that you should be looking for in a yogurt maker is an automatic shut-off system. This allows it to turn off automatically after the fermentation or straining process is complete. The time that it turns off will depend on how you set it. You will need to make sure that you set the right time otherwise you may end up under-fermenting or over-fermenting your yogurt, which will make for an unappealing consistency.
Some yogurt makers even have built-in chillers that will cool your yogurt after it’s being made. This means that you can even make yogurt overnight and wake up to fresh, chilled, creamy deliciousness.
Most yogurt makers nowadays are created to be environmentally friendly. Constantly having to replace your containers will not only be bad for the world but bad for your wallet. Look for yogurt makers and containers that are reusable and able to be washed in a dishwasher.
Nowadays you can make yogurt out of a variety of milk - cow milk, goat milk, and even soymilk! If you will be making different types of yogurt, look for a machine that can handle different types of milk. It’s also important for you to consider the type of yogurt that it can make. Some yogurt makers are able to produce low-fat yogurts as well as non-fat yogurts.
That’s all there is to it! The only thing left is to go out there and look for the right machine. Most yogurt makers are quite affordable and you’ll surely find something that suits your budget as well as your needs. Happy yogurt making!