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.