Luvelo Yoghurt Maker

Tasting the traditional yoghurt of Turkey and India led us to want to create our own yoghurt at home, and ultimately to this great yoghurt maker. The yoghurt in Turkey and India was so amazing and so different from the store bought yoghurt in Australia or the US. It is really tart, thick and creamy. Clearly they allow it to ferment for a lot longer than we do here as this gives it both a stronger flavour and makes it much thicker without the additions of additives.

Home-made yoghurt is also MUCH cheaper than buying it in the store. 1 litre of milk makes 1 kg of yoghurt. At current supermarket prices 1 kg of yoghurt costs about $5 for non-organic or about $6-7 for organic. In comparison 1 litre of organic unhomogenised milk costs only $2.70. That’s 1 kg of organic yoghurt for only $2.70!

Home-made yoghurt is really easy to make. You simply bring milk to just below boiling, let it cool to 40 degrees C then add a couple of tablespoons of existing yoghurt and let it ferment. Here’s the problem though; you have to keep it at 40 degrees for 6-24 hours while it ferments. There are numerous techniques to mimic this at home such as putting yoghurt in an esky with hot water containers or constantly turning the oven on and off for a minute or so to keep it at 40 degrees. It all sounded too irritating and unreliable to me and I wanted to get a dedicated device to ease the process.

Surprisingly yoghurt makers are really hard to find these days. I could hardly find any for sale in Australia. I eventually found the Luvelo Yoghurt Maker for sale from an eBay seller in New South Wales. I’m unsure where the brand actually comes from but I assume somewhere like China as it isn’t for sale in any usual stores.

It has a 1.5 litre capacity and only costs $48 including postage to Melbourne. It has a 24 hour timer so you can choose how tart and firm you want your yoghurt to be. I use 24 hours as I like it really strong.

I am really happy with it so far. The yoghurt we are making with it is just so delicious and really brings back memories of the yoghurts from our travels.

Here is a link to the eBay listing and also the eBay seller threesixtycompany in case the listing disappears in the future.

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39 Responses to Luvelo Yoghurt Maker

  1. Tracy says:

    Just wondering how the yogurt maker is going? I found these on eBay today and a goggle search lead me to your blog. It appears to be a very easy to use little appliance and I like the fact you can set the timer for longer or shorter times depending on how you like you yogurt. Off to read more of your blog :)

    • Daniel says:

      The Luvelo Yoghurt Maker is going really well. I love it and we have been enjoying delicious home-made yoghurt ever since we got it. I usually leave it on for the full 24 hours because I like my yoghurt really thick and really sour. You don’t need to use any milk powder to thicken it this way. I also use un-homogenised milk and a delicious thick layer of cream forms on top of the yoghurt after it ferments. Nothing to it really, just heat your milk to 90 degrees, cool to 40 degrees. Put it in the yoghurt maker, set the timer, wait, and you’re done.

  2. Diane says:

    I’ve got a 1.5kg Breville yoghurt maker and I bought a 1.25 litre Decor container from Woolies which fits in my yoghurt maker perfectly for a second container to make the yoghurt in. Mine only has got a 10 hour timer on it. But I always use one litre of UHT milk which has already been heat treated so I only bring it to 45degrees and then put in 1/4 cup of powdered milk and a few drops of Calcium Chloride and then, about 8 hours or more and, it comes out quite thick. I like mine thick because, even if I want to flavour it, it is still quite thick after adding any flavouring. My favourite flavour is vanilla and, I bought vanilla coffee flavouring which makes it taste just like the store bought vanilla flavoured yoghurt. Or I put a tin of passionfruit pulp in it and, it’s nice just plain. I’m currently using Sacco culture that I bought from http://www.greenlivingaustralia.com.au and I also bought culture from http://www.countrybrewer.com.au.
    Bye Diane.

    • Daniel says:

      Ohh, thanks for the links to those websites in Australia selling cultures. I’m looking forward to trying yoghurt with different cultures. I’ve just been using existing yoghurt as the starter.

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi Daniel
    I was really shocked to see how much sugar is in commercial yoghurt. I would really like to make my own. Thanks for the info. I’m keen to purchase one of these machines which I have found on ebay. The cost was very reasonable but not sure how it would work until I found this website. Thanks again.

  4. Tracy McNicoll says:

    Glad to hear the machine is a success, have just bought one from the ebay store and can’t wait to start making my own yogurt. My husband eats it every morning on his muesli thinking it was healthy until I pointed out how much sugar was in it. We also do a lot of indian cooking and make Naan breads, so looking forward to making some thicker stronger flavoured yogurt too.

  5. Michelle says:

    Hi just looking into this yoghurt maker and was wondering if you could replace the plastic bowl with a glass one?

    • Daniel says:

      If you could find one that fits I’m sure it would work no problem. It’s a pretty simple round plastic container with a lid that slips on and seals tight. Good luck!

    • Pippa says:

      Hi I have just purchased the new elite yoghurt maker from Luvelo and it has glass jar options. I was keen to make the yoghurt in glass as I am making it for my baby.

      • Claire says:

        Does anyone know which is better between the Luvelo and the Luvelo elite?
        My mum has gone through two makers and is having difficulty finding a good one.
        Does plastic vs glass make a difference?

        • Caroline says:

          Plastics usually contaminate your food with BPA…google that! it is in most plastic wrapped food…. it is very bad for you . google “dangers of BPA” and you will never like plastic again.

  6. Jim Land says:

    Thanks to the positive remarks on here, I’ve now ordered one of these on e-bay. I’ll be back after I’ve used it to comment again.

  7. colin says:

    This sounds really good so just purchased. If you keep the yoghurt at 38-40 for the 24 hours its also lactose free so great for anyone on specific carbohydrate diet due to Celiac/colitis etc, no added sugar. I haven’t been able to find a machine like this before NSW Aust

    • pia says:

      The supplier of the Luvelo now provides a glass insert option. It looks like the insert is one that they sourced and is not an original but I am satisfied enough and will purchase.

      Personally, I think the glass option is the healthiest.

      There is another one on ebay au also that is more like the breville model – it is a larger more vertical container. Personally, I would replace the plastic insert with a glass one for health reasons. Why use plastic, even food grade, if a glass option can be sourced? There are also options for glass jar yoghurt makers which have say 7 @150-200ml jars but as I dont have children, I dont want to be cleaning 7 jars each time plus the storage space in the fridge but this may suit some (Moulinex and Tefal models).

      Good luck fellow yoghurt makers

  8. Carol Painter says:

    can you make yoghurt with lactose free milk?

    • Daniel says:

      I’ve never made it myself but with some quick googling I found this link: http://www.greenlivingaustralia.com.au/yoghurt.html#lactose_free_yoghurt. Seems like it’s possible with the right starter culture. Anyone else had success?

      • Carol Painter says:

        I have been experimenting with a couple of things and have found that you CAN make lactose free yoghurt by using a yoghurt culture [from health food store] and just using lactose free milk [1st try] very bland and yoghurty……..then i used as above but added Liddels lactose free thickened cream and heaps of vanilla[2nd try] a bit better than the first, but not rich and creamy, this time [3rd try] started with plain greek style yoghurt, boiled it up cooled it down then added 270ml lite coconut cream a tbs of vanilla, tastes great, it is incubaking as we speak, when done I will put a packet of thawed frozen berries in 1/2 because R does not like plain yoghurt and i will have the rest….yum!!

  9. Marijke says:

    Thanks for the review, have been in doubt for a while to buy it, but will go ahead now.
    Have you ever tried to make cheese from yoghurt? So simple:
    Scoop yoghurt in the middle of a tea towel with a little salt, fold the corners together and just hang it up (I use a kitchen door knob), put a bowl underneath to catch the liquid and after a couple of hours you have an amazing spreadable cheese. To diversity you can add fresh herbs or cardamon.

    • Daniel says:

      That sounds great! There is a similar Indian dessert called Shrikhand where you hang the yoghurt overnight. This strains out most of the moisture. You then mix in puréed mango and sugar. It has an amazingly creamy consistency and a delicious sweet / sour balance of the yoghurt and mango.

  10. Robby says:

    All these comments hav inspired me! I have just ordered mine from ebay and cant wait to try it!

  11. Magnetic Maiden says:

    We are large yoghurt consumers and only like pot-set style. Have liked the idea of making our own, but hated the idea of all the fiddle-faddle. Purchase a 1.5L Luvelo as it was an economical starting point. Just polished off another tub of our 1st batch and are SO pleased with ourselves. Particularly happy about the control we have over the sugar content.

  12. Judy Witney says:

    I too purchased a Luvelo Yoghurt Maker and this morning sampled our first yoghurt. Fantastic. I wouldn’t go back to bought yoghurt if you paid me! Along with the Luvelo appliance I also purchased some yoghurt culture, a thermometer and calcium chloride from Green Living Australia. (A few drops of calcium chloride are recommended as a thickener especially if you don’t want to use milk powder along with your milk).The resulting yoghurt is thick, creamy and has a delicious tang. And as the previous poster stated, you have control over the sugar content.

  13. Rarni says:

    Hi, i just attempted to make the yogurt though it has not set!
    Just wondering
    How long do you leave the mixture in the luvelo machine? & how long in the fridge?
    What type of milk do you use & do you use thickening powder? as i did not.
    How long does the heating process take?

    • Daniel says:

      Sorry for the delay in responding. I like my yoghurt really sour so I leave it in for 24 hours. The longer it is in the sourer it gets and the firmer and more set it is. I don’t add any thickeners but it still sets really well. It is a tiny bit runny after the 24 hours but a couple hours in the fridge firms it up. I use organic full cream un-homogenised milk. I don’t know how long the heating process takes.

  14. susie y says:

    Hi,

    I am about to buy a yoghurt maker but I cant eat dairy. Can I make nice yoghurt with soy milk ? Also perhaps goats milk might work.
    Also, does rice milk or almond milk work?

    Does anyone know if the acidophiles and biffidus cultures can be used or do they need to be used only in dairy based yoghurt?
    Also, where the recipes mention whole or skim milk powder, what would i do?

    I hope someone can advise me because I am not only lactose intolerant but I also get sinus infections from eating dairy food, including Greek yoghurt.
    Thank you for any suggestions,
    Susie

  15. Magdalena says:

    Hello there,
    I am generally very happy with my yogurt maker (Luvelo Elite, with 7 individual glass jars), but I have the recurring problem that my middle jar doesn’t turn into yogurt. All the others on the side are fine, just the middle one doesn’t turn out. It happens in about 80% of the times. I usually make up a liter of milk with my cultures in it, stir it well and then equally distribute it over the jars. So it seems to be a temperature problem for the middle glass. Would anyone have a solution for that? Maybe it’s a common problem? I usually incubate for 10 hrs. I would be thankful about any suggestion!

    Thanks and regards,
    Magdalena

    • Regan says:

      Hi Magdalena,

      My Luvelo Elite with the glass jars option arrived yesterday.

      I immediately put it on a test run with just water as I’ve been told by a competitor that they get too hot after a few hours.

      I ran it for 12 hours testing the temperature every two hours. The outside jars maintained a temperature of 40c which is the correct temperature but the middle one reached 50C after a few hours. I believe that temperature is too high and will kill the bacteria. It’s probably the reason your middle jar doesn’t work.

      I’ve put my first batch of soy yoghurt on this morning for 12 hours. I don’t expect the middle jar to work but we’ll see.

      If you’re still around to see this, I’ll post the results over the weekend.

  16. Pragya says:

    I regularly make yogurt at home without the aid of any machine. The trick for maintaining a good, fairly constant temperature, was to set the container, wrapped in a tea towel, in an oven with the light turned on. The small bulb generates enough heat to maintain an ideal temperature for the yogurt culture to develop in cold weather. During summer, I just turn the light on for the first 1/2 hour or so, then turn it off.

  17. Warren says:

    Hi,

    I have a Lovelo Yoghurt marker but my mix seems to come out curdled after 12 or so hours. Do you sit your jars in water or straight on the base of the maker? I’m tempted to use a water bath to see if this will stop curdling. It tastes fine and sets thick but just has that slight curdled look.

    • Daniel says:

      Traditional yoghurt ‘should’ be curdled. Indeed that is why it is called ‘curd’ in many cultures. Most yoghurt you buy in the store is thick and totally smooth because they add lots of stabilisers and additives so that is doesn’t have that curdled look to it – also it means they can make it quicker as you need to let it incubate a longer time to get it to set thick without any additives.

  18. Regan says:

    Hi everyone,

    So glad I found this site.

    I have just bought the Luvelo Elite yoghurt maker that uses the glass jars. I haven’t made any yoghurt yet but I’ve been warned since I bought it that after 6-7 hours these yoghurt makers start to get hotter than 40C (as high as 50-60C) and so kill the bacteria. As I like my yoghurt thick and tart I expect I will be ‘cooking’ for more than 8 hours.

    Does anyone know if what I’ve been told is true with these Elite yoghurt makers.

    Thank you.

  19. Julieann Tracy says:

    Hi everyone,

    I just bought this Luvelo Elite yoghurt maker too and I am also concerned about the temperature. I made my first batch yesterday and just put in fridge. I left it for 12hrs, stirred, left for another 6hrs.
    Put in fridge.
    It was a nice semi-firm consistency at about 8hrs when I checked, separation of whey occurred at 12hrs, and at 18hrs consistency was thinner.
    It seemed quite hot to me, and I use probiotic capsules for my bacteria so I worry that this machine is too hot and will kill them all. Any feedback would be great. Thanks

  20. Michael says:

    Hi, Bought the Luvelo and it’s just decided not to let me put in the timer. Sticks on 0 and doesn’t work. Terrible because I was looking forward to good yoghurt. Works ok for the first 6 months. Chinese quality control has to be addresed before i buy another one.

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