Setting out on the path to make your own food can be exciting and daunting in equal measure, and since we have already travelled a little further along that road you can find here some useful hints, tips and answers to some of the things we have discovered along the way. If you don't find what you are looking for here then please feel free to drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll gladly help out.
Do I need to buy more yoghurt to make my next batch?
No. Once you start you have the joy of endless yoghurt, a bit like bottomless Cola and infinite refills at a takeaway joint. To make more yoghurt simply add a tablespoon from your most recent batch. In fact, the BEST yoghurt to use as a starter is the one you just made.
Do I need to buy special jars?
No need. You can reuse any useful sized jars - jam, honey, pickles, Kilner... - but just make sure they are clean and that the lid has a good seal. Small jars are perfect for snacks or single breakfast portions.
What happens if my YogurtNest gets dirty or I spill some milk onto it?
It'll happen sooner or later, but don't worry. Make sure you wipe any milk or food spills off immediately. Since this is a tool to be used and as part of your daily routine, both inside and outside the home, it's sure to collect the odd spill or mark. You can either wash your YogurtNest in warm water or even on a cool cycle in the washing machine, but we recommend air drying rather than using the tumble dryer.
If you are concerned that a jar may spill then you can place it inside an additional bag before putting it into the YogurtNest.
Do I need any special equipment?
Not really. A food or cooking thermometer (widely and cheaply available) is a useful addition to your utensils drawer so that you can tell when the milk has passed 50 degrees on the hob. We generally say though that if you can hold the jar without it feeling uncomfortably hot then the milk has been heated to a suitable temperature.
How much starter yoghurt do I need to make a batch?
You only need a little in order to make a lot! Just a teaspoon stirred into your heated milk will deliver a full jar of fresh yoghurt in 6-hours time.
Can I make drinking yoghurt?
Absolutely! Just give your fresh yoghurt jar a shake to loosen it up. And you can experiment with adding fruit and other ingredients to make your drink more interesting.
I wanted to make a fruit yoghurt but the texture was strange. What happened?
Adding fresh fruit before and during incubation is likely to inhibit the growth of the necessary bacteria to make a nice yoghurt. If you want to get experimental with fresh flavours and different ingredients, it best to add that after the yoghurt has come out of the nest. You can though still add honey and other dried or cooked ingredients beforehand.
The texture isn't like I buy in the shops.
Making food at home always throws up some variation, so don't necessarily expect an exact match to whatever you might have bought in the past from the supermarket. Still, after a bit of experimentation you can refine how you make it and we're pretty confident that you will soon prefer your homemade yoghurt.
How do I make my yoghurt thicker?
Depending on your preference, it may be that you wish to make a thicker, creamier yoghurt. It's pretty easy to do, so here are a few basic tips to help:
- Try using whole milk;
- Leave the jar in the YogurtNest for longer than 6 hours - overnight tends to work pretty well;
- You could try adding a teaspoon of milk powder or a thickening agent, such as guar gum, however just make sure that it is all well blended and the mixture is smooth before it goes into the YogurtNest;
- Heat the milk beyond 50 degrees, perhaps almost to boiling point, before letting it cool back down, adding the starter yoghurt and transferring to the YogurtNest;
- Try making Greek yogurt with your Better Cloth.
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