It’s been about 15 years or so since I’ve had an EasiYo yoghurt maker in my house. Back in my single days I loved to start my day with cereal and yoghurt and finish dinner with some yoghurt too. And over the years I’ve thought about buying another one but wasn’t sure if the kids would eat it, would it make enough for me and would I use it on a regular basis. And for some reason I hadn’t really noticed that they have a lot more flavours on offer that would appeal to the kids. I still had in my head that I could only make natural yoghurt and I don’t know about your kids but mine like their yoghurt sweet.
So here is the EasiYo….retro daddy kind of rolled his eyes at me as he knows I love my kitchen gadgets. But this is one inexpensive (about $18 for this one from Big W) and fabulous item for your kitchen and it doesn’t take up a lot of space but gets a lot of use. We’ve used it every day since it arrived at our house and it’s proving to be a popular snack with the kids. And it saved me one night when I realised I didn’t have much to go in lunchboxes the next day, I quickly made a batch of strawberry yoghurt and went to bed happy that there would be fruit and yoghurt for morning tea in 3 lunchboxes and avoiding a trip to the shops.
Making up the yoghurt is super easy and takes no longer than it does to boil the jug to fill the yoghurt maker. Mind you it had been a while between yoghurt making sessions so I had to read the instructions to refresh my memory. Simply fill up half the container with water, then add the sachet, shake well, add more water to the top, shake again. Now the kids could do that job easy for you. Half fill the yoghurt maker with boiling water, place your container inside the maker and leave for 8-12 hours or overnight. I left mine from lunchtime till just before bed then popped it in the fridge. Well not before I had a spoon to taste first. Delicious. Really natural and fresh yoghurt with a bit of a tang. You can flavour it while it’s in the big container, another great job for the kids or just eat it as is, use in your cooking or whatever you feel like.
And that’s the beauty and appeal of the EasiYo is that it’s natural, fresh, easy to make, cost effective and good for you. Each of the sachets are gluten free, halal, vegetarian and there is quite a variety to choose from. In fact the range has really grown since I last had an EasiYo. You can even get biolife organic yoghurt sachets, custard, yoghurt with bits and drinking yoghurts. I came home with the low fat greek, vanilla and strawberry satchets and gave the greek a go for this post.
And I decided to use it in some delicious dip that is perfect for summer entertaining and Christmas season…..and I had to google the spelling………tzatziki. I asked my readers over on facebook if they use their EasiYo yoghurt in their cooking and baking and they said yes…..if it lasts! So I’m guessing there might be days I am doing 2 batches a day if it proves that popular.
It was so easy having the yoghurt ready to go and you know that it’s fresh because you made it yourself. And oh the satisfaction of saying that you made the dip from scratch….and I really mean from scratch.
and then just fill up your container with lots of vegies and some crackers. I found some plain and gluten free wafers at the fruit shop that were perfect. And I think this a great dish to take with you to a barbeque, drinks or party. It’s healthy, colourful and tasty all at the same time.
- 500g natural/greek yoghurt
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 2 lebanese cucumbers, peeled and de-seeded
- handful fresh mint leaves
- salt and pepper to season
- Make up your yoghurt according to the directions on the pack and either use at room temperature or refrigerated.
- Place peeled garlic cloves, cucumber and mint into a food processor or your thermomix and process for a few seconds until finely chopped.
- Add in yoghurt and process for about 10 seconds - in my thermomix I did this for 10 seconds speed 4. Season and serve
- It's that easy.
Love to hear who has an EasiYo and what your secrets are…………favourite flavours, how often do you use it, does it save you money and what is the best thing about it in your house……………….
And I have 5 EasiYo starter packs to give away to some lucky readers. This will make a fabulous addition to your kitchen and a great time of year with summer around the corner. Just let me know why YOU need to have one at your house……………………and I’ll select 5 of the best answers next Monday 9th December 2013. Full terms of my giveaways can be found here.
And to find out more about the EasiYo just follow this link to their website……………………www.easiyo.com/justaddlove