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EasiYo

DIY Yogurt Maker

Shake, Wait, Enjoy!

The idea of working with lactic cultures may sound daunting, but don’t be intimidated. We tried our hand at making homemade yogurt and it’s easier -- and much tastier -- than we ever imagined.

We had a lot of help from EasiYo. We used the New Zealand company’s yogurt maker and its pre-mixed yogurt starter packs. The yogurt maker couldn’t be any easier to operate -- there are no electronics, no moving parts. The EasiYo packs come in all sorts of flavors and contain a yogurt base made from top quality milk powder (the
milk EasiYo uses comes from grass fed, hormone-free cows in New Zealand). To create a fresh batch of yogurt, all it takes is a few easy steps: combine the yogurt pack with cold water in the yogurt jar; pour boiling water into the yogurt maker; place the yogurt jar inside the maker and cover it; wait for 10-12 hours or overnight until the yogurt is set.

If you’re wondering what’s going on inside the yogurt maker, here’s the scientific explanation: Lactic cultures require heat to grow and a source of milk sugar (lactose) on which to feed. Using the boiling water, the EasiYo yogurt maker produces the optimal heat needed to reactivate the freeze-dried lactic cultures in the base packs.

After the yogurt sets you’ve got a fresh, nutritious treat with no preservatives or artificial colors. It’s packed with protein, calcium and essential vitamins and minerals -- and just waiting to be topped with your favorite fruits, nuts or granola.

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Steve
    Steve

    Hi Daily Grommet Fans. I’m a born and bred Kiwi (that’s what we affectionately call us folks from New Zealand) and have been living in the USA for just over 10 years. For most of my life I’ve been an avid yogurt eater so when EasiYo approached my company to import their yogurt making system into the United States, I jumped at the chance. It’s easy to use, incredibly convenient and best of all it’s the only way for me to enjoy fresh New Zealand yogurt made in the convenience of my own home. I’m very excited that Daily Grommet has chosen to share EasiYo with you all today and I’m here throughout the day to answer any questions you may have.

  • Virginia Walker
    Virginia Walker
    10/12/2011 12:08 PM

    I discovered Easiyo while surfing the web. Finding it here in the states hasn't been all that easy. Glad to see it's available here.

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 12:22 PM

    @Virginia Walker:

    Thanks for the comment Virginia. We just started to import EasiYo into the US a few months ago and the response has been very positive as there appears to be a growing apprecition for the benefits of eating fresh made yogurt. As the demand grows we will continue to bring in additional flavors of EasiYo so please spread the word!

  • Dianna G.
    Dianna G.
    10/12/2011 12:09 PM

    Hi,

    I love the idea of a yogurt maker, however I wanted to find out if I can use my own raw milk. I would love the flexibility of using either the included packets or my own milk.

    Thanks,

    Dianna

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 12:29 PM

    @Dianna G.:

    Hi Dianna. The EasiYo Yogurt making system is designed to be used as a system i.e. the pouches and the yogurt maker, and provided you follow the instructions you're going to get a perfect product every time. I'm no master in the kitchen but have made more containers of EasiYo over the past few months than you can imagine and I've not had one batch fail on me. In saying this, I am aware of customers that do use their own raw milk successfully but I'm not sure of how they are doing this and it would most likely take some trial and error to get the combination of milk and yogurt culture correct. This is where the EasiYo pouches offer the advantage of allowing you to make fresh New Zealand yogurt effortlessly.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 12:10 PM

    Here are pdf's with the nutritional information for each variety in case you missed them in the details:

    EasiYo Yogurt: Classic Mix (3 Sachets:  Natural / Greek / Reduced Fat) - Nutritional Info

    EasiYo Yogurt: Greek Mix (3 Sachets: Greek / Low Fat Greek / Greek 'n Honey) - Nutritional Info

    EasiYo Yogurt: Fruit Mix (3 Sachets: Strawberry / Raspberry / Cherry) -  Nutritional Info

    EasiYo Yogurt:  Low Fat Mix (3 Sachets:  Vanilla / Berries / Apricot) -Nutritional Info

  • Judy D.
    Judy D.
    10/12/2011 12:11 PM

    How much are the packets when you need to buy more? How much does one packet make? Where do you buy your own yogurt culture if you want to use your own organic milk and cultures? thanks!

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 12:32 PM

    @Judy D.:

    Hi Judy. You can re-order the EasiYo Yogurt Mix refil packs via the Daily Grommet site and the prices are posted. Each refil pack has three pouches and each pouch makes 35oz of fresh New Zealand Yogurt so it is very economical. If you did want to purchase your own yogurt culture you can typically find these at your local heath food store but why go out to shop when we can deliver it to your door!

  • paula
    paula
    10/12/2011 12:14 PM

    how much yogurt does one packet make?

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 12:33 PM

    @paula:

    Hi Paula. Each pouch makes 35oz of Fresh New Zealand yogurt.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 12:33 PM

    @paula: You can often find detailed information like this on our Details tab which is found below the video but above the story. Each yogurt sachet makes 35oz/1kg of yogurt.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    10/12/2011 12:33 PM

    This appears to be a nifty device. However, I am not big on the flavor of instant milk. Does the end result actually taste like high-quality yogurt?

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 12:42 PM

    Hi Jennifer. I can assure you that the flavor of EasiYo will blow you away. Whenever we are carrying out product tastings customers are amazed at how rich and creamy the yogurt is in comparison to what they are currently eating. The milk powder used is New Zealand Milk Powder which is recognized as one of the highest quality milk powders in the world and New Zealand is the World's largest exporter of dairy product for this reason. The method used to dry the milk is a simple spray dry process so there is nothing added to the powder but when you add fresh water to it you get a very high quality and incredible tasting milk. I hear what you are saying about the flavor ot instant milk but I firmly believe that New Zealand milk is an exception to this; particularly as I know personally where this milk comes from and the care that goes into producing it.

  • Toni Anne
    Toni Anne
    10/12/2011 1:02 PM

    @Jennifer Henderson: I too do not like the taste of instant milk, but can honestly say after eating EasiYo it is difficult to believe the yogurt comes from a packet. The taste is so fresh and the texture so creamy, the only time I ate a yogurt like it was when my family visited New Zealand last February. I use to make my yogurt from organic milk and a starter, but at least in my experience the taste and texture was always hit or miss. Have not make a bad batch of EasiYo yet. I do try to eat organic whenever possible, but after visiting New Zealand, observing their commitment to the environment and the pristine pastures their cows graze on, I am very comfortable with my decision to switch to EasiYo. Plus, I love being able to buy it on line and stock up.

  • Kate
    Kate
    10/12/2011 12:40 PM

    I love that the only thing you need with this yogurt maker is water. When you start talking about putting in your own cultures, milk, flavorings, crock pots I get scared away. I guess I'm opposite of the Kate in the video.

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 12:47 PM

    Hi Kate - I'm with you. Everything you need is included in the system and I'm a big believer in "if it ain't broke don't fix it!" Although EasiYo is very new in the US, it has been incredibly successful in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Italy and in many countries throughout Asia because of what it offers - fresh New Zealand Yogurt made Easi in your own home. We find that people that have travelled to New Zealand are very enthusiastic about EasiYo as they have seen the type of environment that the yogurt comes from.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 12:50 PM

    @Jennifer Henderson: I am definitely a yogurt & dairy snob (we have a particular BnB that we travel to in particular for their home made yogurt) and I had to try this EasiYo to believe it. This is nothing like flavored milk, rather this is an amazing delicate - yet so flavorful yogurt. This is gourmet in taste, yet so easy to make. In the video I mention that I would serve this at a brunch -- I will "wow" my friends with this yogurt!

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    10/12/2011 12:51 PM

    From one Kiwi living in the US to another, I am a dairy farmer's daughter and miss the New Zealand dairy products. This will be one way to bring it back into my life, even though, I'm now 6000 miles away from "home." I'll be giving EasiYo a spin. Looking forward to it!

  • Kate
    Kate – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 12:58 PM

    @Dianna G: As part of our test, I used regular skim milk that I get from a local dairy in the EasiYo. To get the cultures started, I used about a tablespoon of the EasiYo Natural Powder, then filled the milk up to the line and followed the rest of the directions as written. It worked great, and my family loved it. I think you could try it with your own cultures, too, and play with your recipe. As Steve says, it may take a bit of trial and error to get it to the perfect flavor and consistency, but that can be part of the fun.

    @Kate: I hear you, too. You're more like Wendy! We definitely had that debate in the office about whether you want assured and easy success, or you're willing to experiment a little.

  • JoAnna Cousins
    JoAnna Cousins
    10/12/2011 1:23 PM

    How much yogurt will one packet and water yield? We are big yogurt eaters and would like to know if this is cost effective. Thanks.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 2:02 PM

    @JoAnna Cousins: Each sachet makes 35 ounces.

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 2:04 PM

    @JoAnna Cousins: Hi JoAnna. Each pouch of EasiYo makes 35oz of fresh New Zealand yogurt. We've done some price comparisons to many different brands of high quality yogurt on the market and per oz EasiYo comes in mid range but with the advantage that it is always fresh made. If you are using the 6oz containers of store bought yogurt EasiYo is typically much better priced and you can always purchase extra jars and lunchtakers to pack a small amount each day for your morning snack so you're also cutting down on waste into the environment.

  • Marie
    Marie
    10/12/2011 1:24 PM

    Where can I find nutritional information--amount of fat, calcium, protein etc...

    I went to your web site but was only able to find explanations of why we need the above--not actual grams, calories etc. Did I miss it? Where should I look?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 2:00 PM

    @Marie: Here are pdf's with the nutritional information for each variety. This information and more can also be found on the details tab below a Grommet's video:

    EasiYo Yogurt: Classic Mix (3 Sachets:  Natural / Greek / Reduced Fat) - Nutritional Info

    EasiYo Yogurt: Greek Mix (3 Sachets: Greek / Low Fat Greek / Greek 'n Honey) - Nutritional Info

    EasiYo Yogurt: Fruit Mix (3 Sachets: Strawberry / Raspberry / Cherry) -  Nutritional Info

    EasiYo Yogurt:  Low Fat Mix (3 Sachets:  Vanilla / Berries / Apricot) -Nutritional Info

  • Joy
    Joy
    10/12/2011 1:28 PM

    can you make sour cream and buttermilk in this one?

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 2:07 PM

    @Joy: Hi Joy - unfortunately I'm unable to confidently provide you with an answer on this. I've only used the EaisYo system with the EasiYo pouches so I'm not sure how well it would produce sour cream and buttermilk but I'm sure with a little tial and error it could do the job.

  • Dawn
    Dawn
    10/12/2011 1:40 PM

    Kate:

    I would be more like you and inclined to use a starter and my own milk given the expense of the packets. If I order this product what is the "natural powder"? I'm missing where that is in the product line. Also, did you experiment with using the Greek Yogurt mix with your own milk? If so, what was the quantity of milk to mix?

    This sounds like an incredibly intriguing product but the price of the packets seem to not fall into the "economical" category. If I'm doing my math correctly it works out to about 0.19 to $0.24/ounce (depending upon whether the $19.95 or the $24.95 packets are ordered) Those prices put an 8 ounce cup of yogurt at close to $1.50-$2 for a typical 8 ounce container which, even if gourmet, is a bit intimidating.

    If I knew that it would produce a consistent product with not needing to use all of the packet, that would make purchasing the various starter mix packets more economical. Do you have any pearls of wisdom regarding how much mix/own milk or do you know if the Daily Grommet team will continue to experiment with this product utilizing your own milk?

  • Kate
    Kate – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 4:26 PM

    @Dawn: We do know of EasiYo users who adapt the quantity and mixture of the EasiYo pouches to water/milk and have had success in producing consistent yogurt; it is just a matter of getting the right combination and allowing the yogurt to culture for a suitable amount of time at the correct temperature. The Natural powder I tried is available in the Classic Mix and comes with the Starter Set. I didn't test the Greek yogurt powder with milk, and I definitely do plan to continue to experiment and will report back!

  • NancyO
    NancyO
    10/12/2011 2:40 PM

    Is it better than Greek Yogurt... sorry Yogurt fans.. but I feel like I am eating a tub of sour cream when I eat Greek Yogurt

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 3:01 PM

    @NancyO: If Greek Yogurt isn't to your liking, you can stick to the Fruit and Low-Fat varieties.

  • Thomas
    Thomas
    10/12/2011 4:13 PM

    This product is truly amazing!! I saw the guys recently at a trade show in Del Mar and was blown away by the taste of this yogurt and how easy it was to make. I have to admit, at first I was a skeptic of the product, I thought my wife was trying to get me to buy another product that she wouldn't use three weeks after we purchased it. After speaking with Steve, he answered every question we had. I tried the yogurt and I can assure you, it tastes better than anything on the market! Not only does it taste better than anything on the market, but it's freshly made, cuts down on your consumption of plastic (all the plastic used in EasiYo is BPA free), and it's cost effective. If you go into a Whole Foods you will see that price per ounce this product falls in the middle of higher grade yogurts. And so what if it's a little more, I'd rather feed my family something fresh and delicious. My kids LOVED this product and now they help make the yogurt every other morning (this doesn't last long in the house). Steve, thank you for introducing this product to my family and me! Go out and get yourself one of these people! I assure you won't regret it!!

  • Krista
    Krista
    10/12/2011 5:05 PM

    I got excited when I saw today's email, because we've talked about getting a yogurt maker. Unfortunately, this is a bit misleading, since it seems you have to keep buying the premade packages instead of really making your own. This won't work for us, between the cost and the fact that my son is dairy-allergic.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2011 5:26 PM

    @Krista Schwabe: Sorry this type of yogurt maker won't work for you. We hope you are successful finding one that does. If you love it, make sure to stop back and suggest it as a Grommet!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    10/12/2011 5:12 PM

    Is the plastic you use BPA free? I have a fear of BPA, especially when containers are heated.

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/12/2011 5:59 PM

    Hi Sarah - all of the plastic used in the EasiYo system is BPA free. The yogurt maker and yogurt jars are made in New Zealand not offshore, as EasiYo want to make sure that they have close control over the quality of every component of their product.

  • jolie
    jolie
    10/12/2011 6:32 PM

    Do I need to refrigerate the EasiYo container while waiting the 10 to 12 hours?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    10/12/2011 6:46 PM

    @jolie: Hi Jolie, like Thomas, I also saw these guys in Del Mar and got the full run down on how to use it. No, you do NOT refrigerate the EasiYo container while waiting the 10-12 hours. The heat is what activates the cultures during the yogurt making process. You refrigerate the 35oz container once the yogurt is finished.

    I have an EasiYo now too and my family absolutely loves it. We eat yogurt daily in my home so it was a welcome addition. And I have to say hands down, this yogurt is the best tasting yogurt I've had. Excited to see it here!

  • Marty
    Marty
    10/13/2011 2:12 AM

    Is it possible to get a box of plain, non-Greek, low fat yogurt, without fruit or honey? Either with initial order or in a routinely as a refill.

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/13/2011 9:26 AM

    @Marty: Hi Marty. Unfortunately at this stage the only options we have available are the mixed packs of EasiYo refills. Stage two of our launch into the US will be to provide a broader range but most likely this will not take place until mid-year 2012.

  • evonne6kid
    evonne6kid
    10/13/2011 9:34 AM

    i am diabetic. are there low sugar options? I don't like the taste of artificial sweeteners. thanks.

  • Steve
    Steve – Special Guest
    10/13/2011 11:47 AM

    @evonne6kid: Hi Evonne. I believe the best thing for you to do would be to check the nutritional information that is linked in Katherines comment towards the top of this page. The Classic and Low Fat Yogurt Mix options are definitely lower in sugar than the fruit options and the nutritional information will show you the specific sugar content of each variety.

  • Sue
    Sue
    10/13/2011 5:53 PM

    I once had a yogurt maker in which I could use a tablespoon from the prior batch of homemade yogurt to make the new one. If I buy a tub of Greek yogurt as a starter, can I spoon some of it into the EasiYo for a new batch or do I have to keep buying your FLAVORED Greek yogurt (which doesn't seem very economicly priced and doesn't come in plain)?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/13/2011 11:57 PM

    @Sue : That sounds interesting. It is definitely something that you could experiment with but isn't something that we have first hand experience with.

  • Vegas Vegan
    Vegas Vegan
    11/24/2011 11:51 PM

    What about soy yogurt? Is that an option?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/25/2011 11:25 AM

    @Vegas Vegan: They don't have any soy yogurt options.

  • Desiree Scales
    Desiree Scales
    12/31/2011 10:05 AM

    The best yogurt I've ever had was in Israel when I was 10 years old. I'vew been looking for yogurt that tasted like that ever since. I finally found it in the Easiyo. When I made my first batch of strawberry, I was 10 years old again. (I'm 43 btw.) I couldn't believe I finally found the yogurt taste I'd been looking for for over 30 years in this gadget that actually looks quite cool in my kitchen. I'm totally in love with the product and I'm so grateful I found it in an ABC article online. I've never botched a batch. The product is easier than any yogurt maker I've owned. Buying the packets is worth the price to me. I get 5 to 6 cups out of each batch. That's about a week's worth of yogurt for me. How can you put a price on pure enjoyment and totally healthy food? This is one of my great finds in 2011. Thank you Daily Grommet!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/31/2011 11:28 AM

    @Desiree Scales: Wow! We are so glad that you found the taste you've been searching for for so long. What an incredible testimonial. Thank you for stopping back to share.

  • val
    val
    1/18/2012 11:07 AM

    i love easiyo never had any problems with this until this week twice i have made it this week done everything right but both times it was like water and i have had to throw it away help any ideas why

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    1/18/2012 12:50 PM

    @val: We'll look into this for you and someone from customer support will be in touch shortly.

  • Steve
    Steve
    2/14/2012 9:59 AM

    @val: I'm so sorry that you have experienced this issue Val. The only thing I can think of is that if the yogurt is being left for the 8-12 hours in a very cold environment this may impact the ability for the yougurt to culture. On occasion this can occur during the winter months as the hot water cools down too quickly. Is this a possibility?

  • Barbara Blackwell
    Barbara Blackwell
    3/27/2012 9:32 PM

    When will you have this in stock again?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    3/28/2012 1:19 PM

    @Barbara Blackwell: Thank you for your interest. We'll be sure to let you know once they're available.

  • Stefani Goddard
    Stefani Goddard
    4/23/2012 1:08 PM

    I too LOVE my Easiyo! My only complaints that it is so difficult to get the packets. Do you know when you will be restocked? Not fair to get us hooked and then not be able to supply the product!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/23/2012 1:46 PM

    The information in this comment is no longer up to date. We have removed it.

  • Katie
    Katie
    11/3/2012 3:30 PM

    Hi! I'm wondering how long each batch of yogurt lasts. I haven't noticed that information anywhere on your site, so if I've missed it,

    please let me know where to find it.

    Thanks!

    Katie

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