The first gift that I unwrapped on Christmas morning was a sterile jar. Insert puzzled look on my face and boyfriend unable to contain his laughter. What on earth was this for? I unwrapped a few more gifts and was very pleased to discover that I was the proud new owner of a yoghurt maker (the sterile jar is for keeping the dried yoghurt cultures). Awesome! I had been investigating ways of making yoghurt online, but the risky part seems to be being able to keep the yoghurt at a consistent low temperature for the right length of time. Some people have had success, others, icky sour dairy.
This wonderful yoghurt maker, however, is pretty much foolproof. As long as all containers and utencils are sterilized before using there's not much that can go wrong. You simply pour your milk into the container (UHT milk, otherwise you have to heat treat it yourself by heating it to 90 degrees celcius then letting it cool to 40 degrees before adding any cultures) and either add a tiny 10th of a teaspoon of yoghurt culture or a dollop of the last batch of yoghurt you made. It's then as simple as putting the container in the yoghurt maker and switching it on - this then keeps the yoghurt at the perfect temperature (around 40 degrees) for your desired length of time - usually 8 - 12 hours. Then you will have a container of yummy fresh yoghurt to pop in the fridge!
I love this yoghurt maker. We've already used in numerous times since Christmas day. And it came at the perfect time as I was starting my 'no plastic food packaging' year. It's also really cheap to make. Double whammy!