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Otherwise, this blog is now a legacy site, meaning that I am not updating it any longer. The basic information about LI is still sound. However, product information and weblinks may be out of date.

In addition, my old website, Planet Lactose, has been taken down because of the age of the information. Unfortunately, that means links to the site on this blog will no longer work.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Make Your Own Yogurt

The "Yogurt too tangy? Make your own," article by Jenny Lass and Jodi Bager of the Chicago Tribune got me thinking.

The recipe on that page seems fine and most people can use it. But the article also assumes that you already have a yogurt maker to make the recipe in.

Wait a second. If you already have a yogurt maker, don't you already have basic homemade yogurt recipes? I'll bet you get some in the same box as the appliance.

There are dozens of yogurt makers on the market. They go for about $25-50. What should you look for in a basic yogurt maker?

This Yogurt Maker Reviews and Buying Guide from Galt Technologies provides good information. It starts:

Just what should you look for in a yogurt maker? First, let's start with the top brands - Easiyo, Salton, Yogourmet, Donvier, Euro Cuisine, Waring Pro, Yolife and Cuisipro. They are sold in stores like Walmart, Target, and Sears in the kitchen appliance section. You can also find them online at websites like or What size yogurt maker is best? You will find that most machines will make 1 quart of yogurt although you can find 2 quart makers like the Yogourmet Multi. We say stick with the 1 quart variety unless everyone in the family agrees on the same type of yogurt.

There's more there of interest, so click on the link.

If you want individual product reviews, you can go to as the above page suggests. A short-lived blog, Your Yogurt Maker, compiled about a dozen reviews of top names on one page.

And puts some how to's and reviews on a single page that supplies all of the basics.

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Anonymous said...

You don't need a yogurt maker to make yogurt. The NY Times had an article recently (the last 3 or 4 months) on how to make yogurt w/out a yogurt maker, and it is very easy. I've made it w/ Lactaid milk and soy milk and loved the results.

Steve Carper said...

Of course you don't need a yogurt maker. Just last month I posted How to Make Yogurt at Home citing a Mother Earth News story that said "and you darn sure don't need a storebought appliance to make your own!"

Still, some people will use yogurt makers and they deserve some help and guidance in choosing the best one for them.

I think it's great that you make your own yogurt, and even greater than you're reminding people that you can make yogurt starting with lactose-free milk.