How to Choose a Yogurt Maker

A yogurt maker isn’t essential, but it makes the process of making homemade yogurt much easier. We’ve rounded up the best models to help you get started.요거트메이커추천

Before choosing a yogurt maker, consider how much you typically go through, and how often you want to make it. Also, think about how many jars you’d like to have on hand at any given time. This can affect the amount of space you need to incubate the jars. If you don’t have a lot of counter space, you might opt for a model that has the ability to make multiple jars at once, which saves you a bit of cleanup time.

Another thing to consider is whether you’ll be adding flavors to your yogurt. If so, try to avoid doing that until after culturing, as flavors can interfere with the proper set of the yogurt.

Most of the yogurt makers we reviewed allow you to heat milk and then add a starter culture and any flavorings before closing the lid and placing the jars in the machine. Once the jars have been incubated for the desired number of hours, the machine will beep to let you know it’s time to remove them from the machine and put them in the refrigerator. Some of the models we reviewed have additional features that make them stand out from other yogurt makers. For example, the Instant Pot DUO60 has a “yogurt” button that’s pre-programmed to make the ideal amount of yogurt. And the Girmi YG03 yogurt maker comes with seven single-serving jars so that everyone in your family can have their favorite flavor.

Those looking for a low-tech way to make homemade yogurt can simply use their oven as an incubator. Just be sure to place the jars in an insulated cooler, wrap it with a blanket, and then use a heating pad set on the lowest setting atop the jars to generate a gentle but steady heat. This method works well in warmer months and is a great option for smaller families that don’t have a lot of counter or cupboard space.

If you’re not interested in spending the money on a yogurt maker, you can also do the job with a regular pot and a thermometer. Just be sure to take the temperature of the milk before combining it with your starter and then stirring it, so that the cooler milk doesn’t cause the warm milk to curdle. Then, once the yogurt has cooled to 115°F or so, you can add your flavorings and let the mixture sit for about six to 10 hours (or longer, depending on the tartness you prefer). It’s important to have accurate temperature control when making this recipe because even a few degrees too high can kill the bacteria that make yogurt. A good instant-read thermometer is key for this step. Be sure to keep a backup thermometer in case yours malfunctions. A liquid measuring cup, a saucepan or heavy-bottomed saucier, and a whisk or wooden spoon will all be helpful as well.베어그릭스