Do automatic yogurt makers work? If your family eats a lot of yogurt each week, you may have asked that very question. My 4 kids can easily eat 2+ quarts of yogurt each week. For amount of money I spend on 2 quarts of yogurt, I can make 2 gallons of homemade yogurt. The savings can really add up over time! So it is definitely worth it to look into getting a yogurt maker and making your own each week. Keep reading to learn how electric yogurt makers work and how you too can start making your own yogurt.
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How automatic yogurt makers work
Despite their name, automatic yogurt makers don’t do all the work for you. What they do (and do well) is provide a consistent warm temperature that makes the perfect environment for the lactobacillus bacteria to grow and multiply. These beneficial bacteria are what gives yogurt its yummy tart taste.
Even though they are called automatic yogurt makers, you do have to do a little bit of prep work before you transfer the milk to the unit. It may vary from brand to brand, but typically you have to heat the milk to boiling and then let it cool to about 100 degrees. Then you stir in your starter culture (either powdered or some yogurt that you bought fresh at the store.) This adds the beneficial bacteria to your milk. Then you transfer the milk to your electric yogurt maker and let it do its magic. Eight hours or so later you will have creamy delicious yogurt ready to enjoy.
Why you will never find a fully automatic yogurt maker
If you are looking for a fully automatic yogurt maker, you aren’t going to find one. Lots of people seem to think that an electric yogurt maker should work like a bread machine. You dump all the ingredients in, push a few buttons, and when the timer goes off – voila you have yogurt! Unfortunately there aren’t any fully automatic yogurt makers out there and I will tell you why…
The milk needs to be heated to 185 degrees and then cooled before you add the starter culture. The process of bringing the milk to a boil results in a thicker finished product but unfortunately temperatures that high would kill the beneficial bacteria in the starter culture. It takes about 15-30 minutes to prep the milk before you can put it into the machine.
That being said, it really is quite simple to prep the milk for your yogurt machine. Most of the prep time is just waiting for the milk to cool. I make yogurt on a weekly basis since I got my electric yogurt maker and would never go back to buying storebought again.
My experience with the Euro Cuisine Automatic Yogurt Maker
We bought a Euro Cuisine Automatic Yogurt Maker a couple of years ago and use it to make yogurt a couple of times a week. We chose this particular model because it comes with 7 glass jars. So you are actually making the yogurt in serving size portions that can go straight from the yogurt maker to the fridge.
Each of the jars holds 6 oz of yogurt which is the perfect serving size. It is so easy in the mornings for the kids to grab a jar of yogurt to eat with their breakfast. One nice feature about the lids of these jars is that they have a date display built into them. You simply twist the lid to show either the date that you made the yogurt or the date that it expires. No more trying to remember when you made the yogurt because it is right there on the lid! We usually set the date for 7 days after it was made so we know it needs to be eaten by then. (Not that yogurt ever lasts that long in our house!)
Features of the Euro Cuisine Automatic Yogurt Maker
- Can make up to 42 ounces of yogurt at a time
- Timer that can be set for up to 15 hours
- Automatically shuts off after the time is up
- Easy to read LCD display
- Comes with 7 glass jars
- Jar lids have a built in date display
If you need to make more yogurt before you have used all the previous batch of yogurt, you can purchase another set of the glass jars from Euro Cuisine. I make yogurt twice a week to have to ensure we have enough for the kids to eat it with their breakfast each day. So having another set of glass jars has been a necessity for our family.
Choosing the best automatic yogurt maker for your family
We have really enjoyed the Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker, but there are a lot of other brands out there with different features. There is no single unit that will be the best automatic yogurt maker for everyone. The best choice for your family will greatly depend on your needs. Before you choose an electric yogurt maker, ask yourself the following questions…
- How much yogurt does the family consume in a week?
- How much do you want to spend?
- Do you want a unit that will shut itself off after a certain amount of time?
- Do you prefer to make individual cups of yogurt? Or would you prefer to make 1 big container of it instead?
- Do you want the unit that will automatically chill your yogurt?
- Do you want a yogurt maker that can be used for other purposes in the kitchen? (You can make yogurt in both the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and the Excalibur Food Dehydrator. They both have yogurt settings. Did you know that?)
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Do automatic yogurt makers work?
Yes they do work, and they work very well! If you or your family eats a lot of yogurt, I think you will find a yogurt maker to be a handy small appliance to have in the kitchen. Not only will you save money in the long run over buying yogurt at the store, but you will also know that your homemade yogurt is made with fresh ingredients without all the added preservatives.