I’ve wanted to make my own yogurt for a long time now. However, I lack the skill, energy and patience to even to start to work how to do it. A friend of mine gave me some instructions on how to make yogurt from scratch. But, it seemed very time consuming. Which is why I was interested in this Yogurt Maker that I picked up from Central department store last year for 890 Baht. I have looked at others but I went for this one in the end. As it is powered, you don’t need to fuss about getting the right temperature. The milk stays in the carton and so you don’t need to worry about washing up afterwards. I saw some with half a dozen small jars which looked like a lot of hard work.
For this yogurt maker, I used normal plain yogurt from my local 7-Eleven. You need this for the starting culture. I used plain, but you can also use flavoured yogurt. Greek yogurt is also good but obviously more expensive. I then bought a carton of milk. This fits exactly in the yogurt maker. Or you can transfer it to a plastic container of a similar size. Next, you put in your yogurt. A couple of tablespoons is enough. Give it a good stir. Put on the lid and plug it in. Then wait 8-12 hours. It doesn’t matter if it’s still a little runny as it will thicken a little once it starts to cool down in the fridge. That’s it!
The taste varies depending on how long you keep it in the yogurt maker. So, experiment with that and also which yogurt you use as the starter. Obviously try and avoid yogurt that is full of sugar, additives and preservatives. When you have a good batch, save the last spoonfuls to start your next batch. It will keep in the fridge for a good week. Although you have the initial outlay of 890 Baht, you will save a lot of money in the long run. It’s so cheap to make yogurt this way as a litre of milk is only 44 Baht. As usual, let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions for making yogurt or if you use a different machine.