This is an honest review about my Lakeland Electric 1ltr Yogurt Maker. I haven’t been paid for this post. This is purely my own opinion. But, I have to say that now that this little fella is firmly integrated into our real-food routine, I’d never go back to shop-bought yogurt…
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Shop-bought yogurt just isn’t what you’d imagine it to be. In fact, majority of the yogurts on sale aren’t yogurt at all, they’re just thickened, coloured, flavoured, E-numbered milk – with no benefit to health whatsoever. (You can read what I found out here…) When I began my research into yogurt, I discovered that I could make my own really easily by using a simple Thermos flask – but, when I realised that I couldn’t keep up with demand, I then invested in this fabulous little yogurt maker.
It’s just so easy to use. You simply pour in a litre of UHT milk (milk that’s already pre-boiled), and I then add half a small pot of Yeo Valley Bio yogurt. The yogurt costs me 50p, but in the yogurt-maker this one little pot will make 2 litres of yogurt, so that small investment is well worth it and saves me a small fortune.
Bio yogurt is a yogurt that has the ‘bio bit’ added in at the end. Not the best yogurt ideally, but so far this is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t appear to have other ‘mystery’ ingredients. The best starter would be a live yogurt, but unfortunately I haven’t found one that’s as ‘real’ as it should be. (Of course, if you know of one that meets the bill, do let me know in the comments section below.)
I chose this particular yogurt-maker as I’m not keen on yogurt makers that demand you buy their sachets of friendly bacteria, as there are all manner of other artificial additives included too. So much so, that when you think you’re making the real thing, you’re actually making processed food!
I leave my little yogurt-maker on for around 10 hours each day, ‘loading it up’ in the morning after breakfast, and then taking the yogurt pot out to cool after dinner in the evenings. I then give it a stir – as the whey can separate a bit – and I let it cool further until bedtime where it thickens up nicely and then goes into the fridge ready to use the next morning.
I know that you have to buy the ingredients and initial bio yogurt ‘starter’ every week, but when you achieve a litre of yogurt at the end of the day, it really does feel like you’ve made it all for free. A bonus of owning a yogurt-maker too, is that you can also make your own soft cheese with it as well.
I don’t know what I’d do without my yogurt maker now – as we’re all eating the very best yogurt money can buy every day. Yep – my Lakeland yogurt-maker is a worthwhile investment that pays off time and time again.
And if the kids insist on flavoured yogurt? Simply stir in some 7-minute jam. Genius.
Take a look at the yogurt maker yourself here. It’s definitely worth the investment.
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