Disclaimer: This is not paid review or any affiliation with Aldi. All writing and reviews are my own. I’ve just shared my experience because I’m very pleased with this product.
I’ve had already shared homemade yogurt post here on blog with detailed tips and information. But, this is something I wanted share and update my earlier post since a looooooooong time. In earlier post you can read about my desperation and hard work to get a simple homemade yogurt which was “rarity” here.
Fortunately, I found the magic solution about 1.5 years ago and it’s Aldi’s simple Yogurt Maker. No, it’s NOT electric one but simple and very thick container (yogurt maker) with thick wall comes with two good quality plastic containers. Buying Aldi’s yogurt maker was the best decision in my kitchen and I am very happy so far.
At first I couldn’t believe that my yogurt was ready in flat 4-5 hours. We like mild flavour yogurt so I let our yogurt make about 4 hours. Seeing my successful experience with homemade yogurt it’s inspired lots of my friends and family members to get one for them too :-) And, they are happy and very satisfied as well! So, I thought why not share my good experience with you too.
If you’re yogurt lover like me who love fresh homemade yogurt then you are on right place. I’ll guide you how I make my fresh yogurt at cheapest price with minimum work. It come out creamy, thick, spoon-able and with little amount of water contents each time.
In above picture you can see the bundle (except yogurt mix sachet). You have to buy that sachet separately. I keep one or two sachet just in case I run out of milk. With two containers you can prepare another batch without emptying the first one. I’ve had tried all store-bought yogurt as a starter culture and all works just fine. Once you have homemade yogurt batch keep aside 1 or 2 teaspoon yogurt culture for next batch and voila you can prepare endless batches at home.
This yogurt maker only available during Christmas sale. So, keep your eyes peeled on Aldi’s December January catalogues.
Let me know if you have any question. I’m happy to help you.
- 3 cups whole milk
- a teaspoon of yogurt starter, at room temperature
- In clean saucepan pan pour 3 cups whole milk and gently bring it to first boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the flame. Once it cooled down to finger touch warm (anywhere between 43-45 Cº /110-112 Fº) transfer it in clean plastic container that come with Aldi's yogurt maker.
- Now add a teaspoon of room temperature yogurt from my previous batch. Or simply use store-bought yogurt if you’re making it first time. Mix it throughly and close the container lid tightly. Alternatively, you can use yogurt mix sachet available in most supermarkets. Read and follow the instructions carefully before use.
- Pour boiling water (make sure you use boiling water) into the yogurt maker flask up to level line inside. Place the container and cover with lid immediately. Keep aside in cupboard or oven (NO! you don’t need to turn on the oven) for 4-5 hours.
- If you’re using yogurt sachet mix it will take about 10-12 hours to set. That’s it. Your homemade fresh yogurt is ready to eat. Trust me you won’t go back to store-bought yogurt once you make it at home.
Bring the culture at room temperature to activate the good bacteria that help to set the yogurt. Otherwise it won't work or it would take a long time to set the batch.
If you like it less or more tart, you can take yogurt from container off earlier or later. Add more culture if you like more tarter taste.
So far I've had tried with whole milk and it came out perfect every time. I have no idea/experience with low-fat milk or any other non-dairy milk.