Have you ever tried to make your own yoghurt? Although I love trying out new recipes, I have to admit I’ve never even considered making yoghurt ‘from scratch’ before; I just assumed it would be quite difficult and time-consuming, especially when there are plenty of delicious varieties readily available in supermarkets.
However, it turns out that it’s not actually that hard to make your own yoghurt; although you do need to leave it for around eight hours to develop. I’ve found a few different methods online, including a method from The Kitchn that uses half a gallon of milk and around half a cup of Greek/ plain yoghurt containing live active yoghurt cultures.
Recently, Hansells Foods sent me one of their Yoghurt Makers (£10 each) to review on my blog, along with four 220g sachets of yoghurt mix, each of which makes up to 1kg of yoghurt (£1.85-2.25 each). The range includes thick and creamy, lite and classic, unsweetened varieties of yoghurt available in several flavours including vanilla, Greek yoghurt and honey, strawberry and natural.
The live and active cultures in Hansells Yoghurt can help to promote a range of health benefits, including aiding digestion, boosting immunity and helping to breakdown lactose (useful in the case of mild lactose intolerance).
Inside the yoghurt maker, I found a 1 litre and two 500ml air-tight plastic tubs for mixing and storing the yoghurt.
How to make yoghurt using Hansells Yoghurt Maker:
2. Secure lid and shake well. Make up to the 1kg level with more cool water. Replace lid, shake well then release air from container and re-seal.
3. Pour boiling water into your yoghurt maker to the specified level line. Place tub into yoghurt maker and immediately shut maker lid.
4. Leave for 8 hours or overnight until set. Remove from maker and place in the fridge to cool. Some separation may occur. Gently stir before serving to produce a smoother texture, if desired. Hansells Yoghurt will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
- For a sweeter yoghurt, add caster sugar when preparing the yoghurt mix or add sweetener once set. Try adding Greek honey and/or fresh fruit.
- For a more acidic yoghurt, leave the yoghurt in the yoghurt maker for a few more hours.
It was very quick and easy to make yoghurt using Hansells Yoghurt Marker and I can imagine this being the kind of thing that children would enjoy helping out with too.
I was really impressed by how creamy the yoghurt was, especially as it didn’t contain any fresh milk. I loved the flavour of the Greek honey and yoghurt mix, although I could only just detect the honey. However, I wasn’t too keen on the strawberry yoghurt, which had a somewhat artificial, sweetened taste.
At just £10, Hansells Yoghurt Maker is very reasonably priced although if you kept on purchasing the yoghurt mix sachets, you could end up spending a fair bit of money. Once I’ve used up my sachets, I’m going to use the yoghurt maker to attempt to make yoghurt using milk and live active yoghurt cultures, like the recipe from The Kitchn suggested.
Have you ever made your own yoghurt? What method did you use? Leave a comment below.
Hansells Foods UK Ltd
Unit 16, 88 Clapham Park Road
Hansells Foods sent me a Yoghurt Maker and yoghurt mix sachets for the purpose of this review; however, this has not influenced my opinion and I was not obliged to write a positive review.