I have easiyo (http://www.easiyo.com/). When I went looking for a yogurt maker a year or so ago, I wanted one that didn't have those stupid little cups. I stumbled across the easiyo (looking on amazon) and it makes 4 cups at a time. You boil water and put it in the big container and your milk and starter in the little one. Put the little one in the big one and the boiling water keeps the milk warm and in as little as 6 hours you have yogurt. I usually let it sit for at least 18 hrs. The only drawback is the plastic container. I've had on my list to look for a glass jar that is the right size to replace the plastic container. But other than that, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my easiyo. Clean up is a breeze and you don't have to fool with the candy thermometer or get a pot dirty heating up the milk. I have a glass 4 cup measuring cup that I mix my starter plain yogurt, milk and a spoonful of kid-dopholus for good measure, wisk everything up and pour it in the container, screw on the cap and shake it up good. I pour in the boiling water in the thermos, slide in the container with my milk, starter and probiotic and screw on the thermos lid and I am done. All I have to clean up is a wisk and my measuring cup. Very easy! The next best thing to very little clean up is you don't have to plug it in!! And it's only $24.95 at Amazon!
Try the link above the poster identified a jar he found that worked here is an excerpt, it was promising enough to make me order the product today.
Well, it is March 31, 2010 and ,I have had the Easiyo for over 18 months at this point. I have used it constantly. I have learned that I need only 1 heaping tablespoon of yoghurt per quart of milk to start a new batch. I found some glass jars that work just fine and use them now instead of the plastic jars the company sells. I get the jars 2 per pack at Costco. They contain artichoke hearts, and the brand is Cynara. The plastic jars were fine, but I just have a preference for glass. I put in my 1 TBL of yoghurt, fill the jar to 1/2 inch or so from the top, put on the lid, and shake it 3 or 4 times, no more. Then I put the boiling water into the Easiyo, put the milk-filled jar inside, and screw on the Easiyo lid. 10 or 12 hours later, I put the yoghurt into the fridge for the final set, and a couple of hours later, I crack the jar and Voila! perfect yoghurt. I've made yoghurt for most of my 61 years using every method ever recorded, and this one is the best and provides the most consistent results with the least effort. A great labor saving product if you like home-made
I make the SCD yogurt. A yogurt maker was hard to find for some reason . I ended up buying one from Sears. Anyhow, this one has a big tub it is easier, faster to clean up, easier to store in the fridge plus you can make more. I think the jars are great if you have kids and/or if you have time and like a project in the kitchen. My yogurt maker is big plastic tub inside a larger matching plastic warmer. It has a lid then it another clear plastic lid. since I avoid using plastic my ND told me stay away from all plastics. So now I use a wide mouth glass Mason jar that works perfectly. The only good thing about my yogurt maker is that it came with a great food thermometers which I really love, only because 110 is highlighted and 180 is highlighted! :) So, you know that you boil and stir constantly until the food thermometor hits 180 and you turn off the stove and let it cool to 110. An idea I had is that making yogurt in crock pot could be just as easy The crock pot will need a a warming temperature 100-110 because you will need the yogurt to cook for 24 hours at that temperature . The recipe in the book is easy 1 quart (liter) of milk boiled to 180, then cool the milk to 110. Make a paste by adding some of the milk once it is cooled into 1/4 cup organic plain yogurt( I used Nancy's plain yogurt ) I also add some other probiotics, bacillus subtillus and vital probiotics supplement. I cut the recipe in half since we eat small bowls of yogurt I also think it is smart to time how long it takes the milk to cool to 110 once you know that you can just set the kitchen timer each time that way your not wasting your time running back and fourth to the kitchen to checking the temperature to see if it as 110.
I looked all over for a yoghurt or yogurt ( why do they have two different spellings when they are defining the same thing) maker. Anyhow, a yogurt maker is hard to find, most yogurt makers have that dreaded toxic plastic container. Well, I researched crock-pot slow cooker knowing they have a glass or stoneware inserts that are sturdy with easy fitting air tight lids and are built to last. From my research a slow cook crock-pot apparently lacks a 100 degrees on the temperature gage, the warmer on crock- pot runs between 80-90 degress .. so you have to rig it up with another gadet. Rigging is not for me! Crock- pot manufacuters better wake up and see a major demand building! Anyhow, I called all over the city I finally found a yogurt maker at Sears. We settled on Cuisine Yogurt maker like I said we settle, it does not have a timer, it makes a very low pitch noise, and it is plastic, but it was the two quart size which is nice, we did not want all of those little cups with lids , we felt that was a big waste of time, energy and space in the fridge. The SCD book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, clearly states a very IMPORTANT point that you absolutely must ferment the yogurt for 24-hours, which virtually eliminate all of the lactose. This 24-fermentation of the yogurt is what heals your digestion. Many people have been healed all of their digestion issues by eating this yogurt and following the SCD diet. Anyhow, the thought of having to use plastic for 24 hours yogurt making process was really out of the question. How we addressed the plastic insert is we recently bought a wide mouth two quart Mason Jar, which fits in the yogurt maker The yogurt maker lacks so many things, such as a timer, it has numbers on the yogurt maker for up to 12 hours it really looks like a timer, but actually the person making the yogurt is the timer everytime an hour passes by YOU turn the lid now how retarded is that? We actually thought that was hilarious! It did come with a food thermometers and it had marked the two temperatures you will be usihg, which was 182 to sterlize the milk ( even though you buy the milk at the store this is the best precautionary measure to resterlize it) and the other temperature is 100 to ferment the yogurt. Clean up is easy. After purchasing the yogurt maker. I later realized we had a fondue maker for parties, and it has a warmer, timer and stoneware insert with a nice lid. Now I wonder if that would of worked... it is just a thought for some of you that are still looking for yogurt maker. I have yet to find a yogurt maker that does all the things that it needs to do. To me a perfect yogurt maker needs to have two temperarures one to sterlize the milk, and then one to ferment the yogurt. That way you do not have to wash the pan you sterilized the milk in. It absolutely needs a glass insert with a glass lid that is air tight. The insert should have small handles, it needs a timer and it should be completely quiet when running. Though we have new granite counters I do not like placing the yogurt maker directly on the granite I prefer it either has legs that place it inch off the counter, I have round granite cheese board that I put the yogurt maker on while it is on just to be on the safe side .
You don't need to spend alot of money to make perfect SCD yoghurt. what's really important is the TEMPERATURE being accurate and stable, and the TIME you allow it to ferment/cook.
My husband (who is a bit savvy with electronics) made me an SCD yoghurt maker out of a rice cooker and PID controller (FYI- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PID_controller
). I make the yoghurt in a stainless steel cooking pot suspended inside the rice cooker.
Re: The taste of 24hr yoghurt. It is just like 'natural yogurt' with no added suger and stuff. So it is fairly tart, a bit like sour cream. However once you've made your yogurt, you can add a little honey or your favorite fruit to sweeten it up. :)