I had never made homemade yogurt before because I didn't want to risk it not turning out due to inconsistent or unreliable heat sources during fermentation. This little machine makes it EASY and pretty much foolproof, as far as I can tell. I've only made one batch, but it was a snap and turned out perfectly! Here's what I did:
My goal was to make a very thick, Greek-style yogurt like Fage (which can cost up to $2 a cup!). First, I sterilized the jars in boiling water. Then I started with a quart of whole milk, and because I didn't have any powdered milk on hand, I whisked in two tablespoons of dried buttermilk powder, and also a teaspoon of sugar. I heated this mixture to 180 degrees and held it there for about ten minutes. Then I stuck the whole pan into the sink with cold water halfway up the side until the temp came down to 110 (or lower). I gently stirred in the starter (I used 5g of Yogourmet dried starter), filled the cups, put them in the machine, covered them with the lid, turned it on, and by morning (9 hours), it was perfectly thick and deliciously tangy and flavorful, though not TOO tart. Perfect for adding fresh fruit or a swirl of jam...or my favorite way, plain with homemade granola! YUM!
Like other reviewers said, a timer with an automatic shut-off would be ideal, but what do you want for less than twenty bucks?? Contrary to other reviewers' complaints, I could see the "on" light just fine, there was no condensation from the lid, and I could get the lids on and off the jars just fine.
All in all, I think this little gadget is terrific and a great value. And you will NEVER go back to storebought yogurt after using it! --Gina
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