Super Easy Homemade Yoghurt

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Smooth and delicious homemade yoghurt

Smooth and delicious homemade yoghurt

I love to talk about food and I love to talk about life, particulary about healthy food, healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless I’m NOT a fanatic. I still break rules every now and then to keep my life exciting and be allowed to stay in my house……haha. My family will NEVER ever allow me to be one such fanatic! Good for them and good for me….*big grin*. I tell myself I need to be smarter than my hubby and girls, or at least as smart, when comes to food. Just need to play the win-win game well. I’m sure I win at least 90% of the time….*big grin*. Well done, Mary! Hip Hip Hooray!…….haha

One of the important health food that we should take is yoghurt. Why is yoghurt or other fermented food like sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir very beneficial to our health? They have one thing in common……..probiotics. In simple term, friendly bacteria. Probiotics is very important to our health. They help with digestion, elimination and absorption of nutrients. They also destroy bad bacteria, fungi and parasites in our gut. A high population of friendly bacteria in our gut is important for our immune system. It is said that about 80% of your immune system resides in your gut. This makes it all the more important to eat fermented food regularly.

Many of us don’t realise that our careless or ignorant lifestyle has caused an imbalance to our gut flora. Processed food, antibiotics, other medications, excessive cleaning using antibacterial cleaning liquids/soap/powder contributes to lowering, or even wiping out, these friendly bacteria. But it is not too late to start. The easiest one for me is the yoghurt. But the one I like most is kimchi. If you are interested to know how to make kimchi, you can check it out at How To Make Korean Kimchi.

I used to make yoghurt when I was back home in Malaysia. Then I would make honey yoghurt drink to share with my friends to encourage them to make their own yoghurt. Nothing is better than making your own yoghurt at home. It’s simple, easy, cheap and higher quality, especially if you use a good yoghurt starter as it ensures higher strands of friendly bacteria.

However, since I came here, I stopped making as there are lots of yoghurt in the supermarket, unlike in Malaysia. But then it’s hard to tell the quality as it’s commercialised and it’s all about making profits. The one that I often buy is the Total yoghurt. It’s more pricey but at least I know the quality is better.

Yoghurt maker and yoghurt mixes

Yoghurt maker and yoghurt mixes

Recently I received a yoghurt maker with 3 packets of yoghurt mix to make my own yoghurt at home. Yoghurt maker? You can be very sure I was extremely thrilled. I can make my own yoghurt again!……yipppppeeee. You can try to imagine me holding the yoghurt maker high in the air and dancing around the living room. Of course with my curtains pulled…..haha.

The raspberry yoghurt sounds very tempting. Need to try that packet first. My gosh, it’s SO easy to make. I actually invited 2 friends to see how I made it. They were happily surprised to know that you can even make your own yoghurt at home. And even more surprised to see that it’s so SUPER easy! Even a 5 year old can make it. Of course with the help of an adult as it involves boiling water.

Let me show you how easy it is.

Add yoghurt mix to water

Add yoghurt mix to water

Pour boiled cool water until half way up the inner pot (with a red cap). Pour in 1 packet of the yoghurt mix. Cover and shake it well.

Ready to put into the outer pot

Ready to put into the outer pot

Then add more water until the top. Cover and shake again, just to mix well.

Red stand in the outer pot

Red stand in the outer pot

Now take the outer white pot. There’s a red stand inside. Pour boiling water until the top rim of the red stand.

Place the inner pot into the outer pot

Place the inner pot into the outer pot

Place the inner pot into outer pot. It will be sitting on the red stand, it’s base surrounded by boiling water. Place the white cover over the outer pot, lock it and leave it to rest for 8-12 hrs. That’s it! Super easy, right? I told you so!……..*big smiles*.

Beautifully set after 8-12 hours

Beautifully set after 8-12 hours

Wow….it sets so beautifully! You can get 1kg of freshly made yoghurt. Can feed the whole family and even your neighbours maybe……..*smiles*. Do keep it in the fridge once it’s set.

I actually made it around 11am in the morning. When I came back from my badminton in the evening, I had freshly made yoghurt…..mmmm. I just love the smoothness, the tanginess and the raspberry smell. Really delicious.

Apart from enjoying the yoghurt as it is, you can also make yoghurt sorbet, yoghurt ice cream, yoghurt drink (lassi) or even add into your bakes. But that of course will kill any friendly bacteria! However, it does make the cake moist. I love to add yoghurt when making banana cake. I had just made one this morning. It’s so moist and delicious. Now that I can make my own yoghurt, I think I will be adding to every cake I make…..*big grin*.

Now, why don’t make your own yoghurt at home now that you know it’s so easy and so cheap to make. Just go to Yoghurt Direct to order. You can order the yoghurt mix too. There are lots of flavours for you to choose. You can order extra inner pots so that you don’t have to wait until you finish the yoghurt before making another batch.

Oh wait….must share with you. A Malaysian blogger friend, Reana Claire at Caring Is Not Only Sharing came last week, with her sister-in-law and son. It was wonderful meeting up with them. It was the first time we met, all because of blogging! They are really wonderful people. We had a lovely time together. I let them tried the yoghurt and they liked it very much. I think they’ll try to find out if this yoghurt maker and the mixes are available in Malaysia. Right, I’ll leave the rest of the story of our meet-up for another post. Otherwise I will end up writing a book….haha.

Til then, see you in my next post! Take care and enjoy your week.

Other recipes using yoghurt that you may be interested in:
Healthy And Moist Oatmeal Banana Cake
Blueberry Orange Yoghurt Cake (No Sugar)
Easy Low Fat Blueberry Yoghurt Ice Cream

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somewhere in singapore  on April 22nd, 2013

Wish i can have the yoghurt in the first picture, wkakaka….

Priya  on April 22nd, 2013

Wow,just love this yoghurt.

Belinda @zomppa  on April 22nd, 2013

This looks absolutely fantastic! What a great idea of a simple way of eating well.

suituapui  on April 22nd, 2013

Not into healthy eating either… My daughter loves yogurt though.

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on April 23rd, 2013

Very quick and convenient! The result looks perfectly creamy.

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on April 23rd, 2013

Hi Mary, I love yoghurt very much but never tried to make them at home. Definitely love to make yoghurt at home as it is healthier and quick to make and it is not expensive to get the yoghurt maker here. :)

Cheah - No Frills Recipes  on April 26th, 2013

I can see you’re into healthy food again…. your yoghurt looks creamy. You enjoy your weekend too!

Mistletoe  on April 29th, 2013

Hahaha! I really can imagine you dancing around your living room with your new yoghurt mixer. Very cute! Next time video please. :P
That looks super easy to make. You’re right, I’m sure even K can make her own yoghurt with that mixer. I’ve never heard of this company before. Will have to check them out. Thanks for sharing, Mary.

Mary  on May 2nd, 2013

@somewhere in singapore - Come, I’ll make a pot for you to enjoy :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! :D

@suituapui - You are missing out on the good stuff :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@Ann@Anncoo Journal - Yes, homemade is still the best. Hope you have fun making your own yoghurt :D

@Cheah - No Frills Recipes - Yes, always into healthy food. But also enjoy some unhealthy food…..once in a while :D

@Mistletoe - LOL…….you will laugh more if you see it on video….haha. You will hold me at ransom if you ever get one :D I’m sure you can easily get yoghurt maker over at your side. Your kids can help you make. And since your family likes ice cream, you can even make yoghurt ice cream…..mmmm

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