The one thing I discover about the Easiyo Real Yogurt Maker is that is doesn’t really have a good guide. The steps are merely add water, stir and put in flask. I find that it is simply not enough to give such simple instructions, especially if the user is a beginner. They need a little more hand holding than that. I am sure that they wanted to tell their users that it is very easy to make yogurt with their yogurt maker but those three steps can be very intimidating. So I have written a more comprehensive guide to help beginners start making yogurt with their Easiyo Real Yogurt maker. Please note that I am not related to Easiyo nor am I being paid by Easiyo to write any guides or tutorials for them. This is just me trying to help out. Of course, I am hoping that this will help encourage more people out there to try yogurt making themselves. It is an extremely easy process that everyone should try. And if you had purchased an Easiyo Yogurt Maker and feel a little unease about making yogurt yourself, please don’t. With the correct equipment, it is a breeze to make delicious and healthy yogurt for you and your family.
So without further ado, I begin.
From the photo above, you can see the flask (white), the yogurt container and red screw-on cap, the yogurt mix (in this photo, it is the Nectarine flavour) and some mineral water. All the equipment necessary to make yogurt. Well, you will also need some boiling water to fill the flask, which I will get to in a while. So, as you can see it is pretty simple process.
One of the most important step in yogurt making is cleaning the yogurt container. Yes, it needs to be very very clean. No foreign particles or dirt should be inside the yogurt container or the screw-on cap. Make sure you wash the insides of the container with plain washing detergent. Add the washing detergent and water to the container, close the container and shake the container as hard as you can. If there are dirt or grim in the container, gently use a soft scrub to remove them. DO NOT use scrub the container too roughly as this will scratch the container surface and bacteria and germs can hide in them. If you are using it for the first time (that is straight out from the Easiyo box), you should just give it a quick wash. However for subsequent uses, please follow proper washing procedures as outlined above. Beer brewers and wine makers often sanitize their fermenting vessels. It might be a good idea to use sanitizing solution like Iodophor to sanitize the container.
You don’t want any bacteria or germs to get into your yogurt mix or it may get contaminated. After washing the container, avoid touching the insides of the container and the screw on cap.
The photo above shows the Yogurt Mix. They call it the Real Base & Culture. In this case, we are using the Nectarine flavour mix. You can of course use other flavours and styles to make your yogurt. Easiyo provides a wide range of flavours and styles for you to choose from. And this will make 1kg of delicious yogurt.
Your very first step in yogurt making is to cut open the yogurt mix (real base & cultures) and pour the contents into the yogurt container. Be careful not to spill any of the powder.
It should fill to about half the container. The yogurt base is actually milk powder, flavourings and the actual freeze dried cultures as you can see from the photo above.
Now you should fill the container with water. Here I am using mineral water to fill my container. You can use tap water, spring water or any sanitary water you can find. Remember, you should use clean water for your yogurt. I would highly recommend boiled water which has been cooled. In some countries, like Singapore, our water is highly chlorinated, so it should be pretty safe from bacteria. But might not taste as great. Yes, the type of water do makes a difference to the taste of the yogurt.
After you have filled the water to the top of the flask, you will have to close the container tightly and shake it till all the powder is dissolved into the water. You should ensure that all the powder is dissolved completely. Visually check the transparent container to make sure all the powder has been dissolved, usually the powder sticking to the sides are most difficult to dissolve. You will realized that the mixture level in the container has dropped due to the powder being dissolved into the water.
Your next step is to open the container and top up the mixture with water to the top of the container. After you have topped up with water, you should cover the container tightly and shake it a while. You want to mix the water and the mixture thoroughly.
After you have finished with the container, you should now fill your flask (big white thing) with boiling water. Please ensure that the baffle (red thing) is firmly placed on the bottom of the flask. The baffle level is exactly the level you will have to fill your flask with boiling water. You can’t miss.
From the photo, you can see that I have added the water to a level just below the baffle. In my case, the weather in Singapore is very warm and so I used a little less boiling water. If you are living in a country with colder weather, I would recommend you to add the water to the exact level (at the top of red baffle). Temperature in the flask is very important as the temperature will determine whether the cultures can grow and thrive. If the temperature is too low, the cultures will not grow and thus you will not get yogurt. If the temperature is too high, you would have killed the cultures and you will not get yogurt either. So, please get this step right.
Now, you will have to place the yogurt container (with the yogurt mix) into the flask. It should fit perfectly. You can also feel the container sitting on the water when you place the container into the flask.
After that, you should close the flask and leave it alone for about 12 hours. Do not move or shake the flask. Let the culture convert your milk to yogurt. I normally do this in the evening and by the time I get back home the next day, the yogurt would have been ready. The longer you allow the yogurt to ferment, the more firm the yogurt will be. However, it will also be more tart as the sugars are being eaten up by the yogurt cultures. I would not recommend letting the yogurt seat for more than 24 hours.
So after 12 hours or so, you can take out the yogurt container from the flask. You can see that the yogurt has firmed and it sticks more to the surface than milk. In my case, I have left it for about 22 hours which in the next photo, you can see that it has really firmed. Perhaps I have left it a bit too long. I am also guessing that since I left the yogurt for so long, the yogurt will turn out a little more tart than usual. But other than that, it is still yogurt.
The yogurt is pretty firm here. It feels almost jelly like. Not to worry, the yogurt is still fine and should be delicious. If you leave for it about 16 hours, you will get a slightly more runny yogurt. And if you look carefully at the photo which I have taken when I was filling the container with water, I did not exactly fill it to the top. So the excess amount of powdered milk probably caused this thickening on the top. Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, don’t worry, the yogurt is fine.
The next step is to take a long spoon, washed it very clean (including the handle), dry it and stir the yogurt. You will find that there is still a good amount of whey in the yogurt. Stir it in a circular motion to mix the yogurt and the whey. See I told you the yogurt was just fine.
Stir gently till you get a creamy yogurt texture like above. Then cover the container tightly and place it in the fridge. The yogurt will further firm up in the fridge just like what you get from the stores.
Pour away the water in the flask. Do NOT wash the flask with cold water. Just pour away all the water from the flask and baffle. Remember, do not wash the flask with cold water as it might damage the flask.
Use a dry cloth to clean the surface of the flask, baffle and cover and then leave it to dry.
There you have it, isn’t it easy to make yogurt? Easiyo Real Yogurt Maker makes it much easier for beginners like us to make yogurt. I had always knew how to make yogurt but I didn’t have to courage to do it myself until I purchased this set. If you are thinking of making yogurt at home, I would highly recommend you to get this. It is the cheapest model (S$30.60) than the other yogurt makers I have seen. However, the yogurt mix they sell is a bit too expensive. It costs about S$5.50 (some S$5.90) for one pack. You can get 1kg of yogurt in Singapore for about S$6.10. I am sure if you look harder, you can find even cheaper sources of yogurt.