The legend has returned. Belle+Bella revolutionized home yogurt making in 1967 with the Yogomagic yogurt maker and they are again revolutionizing home yogurt making!
Now, homemade yogurt is as easy as pouring milk! I read that line and thought, “Huh, for all the yogurt we buy, I bet we could save a fortune by making it at home!” If it’s truly as easy as pouring milk as Belle+Bella’s page suggests, then certainly I could even do it, right? If not, I have a chef husband who could test it out in the event my experiment went a little crazy. However, after reading how simple the Belle+Bella YoMagic Automatic Yogurt Maker was to use, I felt pretty confident that I could make tasty yogurt for our whole family.
How easy is it to make homemade yogurt?
To be honest, I wouldn’t attempt making homemade yogurt without the YoMagic machine. Yogurt is produced through a process of fermentation, and proper fermentation requires precise temperature control. I’m sure we’ve all had a friend who insisted on making their own home brew and the results were disastrous. I mean, really disgusting, and it’s probably because the proper temperature for fermentation was not maintained. The main reason why the YoMagic is so easy to make your own homemade and healthy yogurt because the machine is designed to keep the milk heated to the ideal temperature of 42-44°C (108-112°F). The machine has a patented ‘water bath’ system so that it guarantees even cooling/heating and the milk and starter is kept in an air tight ceramic container. If done correctly, YoMagic produces a tasty, creamy yogurt in about 10-12 hours depending on what type of yogurt you are making (allow extra time for dairy yogurt.) You can add things like fruit, honey and any other flavoring after the yogurt making is complete. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, I decided to give it a try and I will tell you a little more about the product, the company, as well as how my personal home yogurt-making has gone, as well as info on how to get your own machine!
About the Belle+Bella YoMagic Automatic Yogurt Maker:
- Patented “water bath” system for even heating
- Digital Timer
- Will make 1 quart/liter
- Air tight ceramic inner container
- Control how your yogurt is made and what goes in your yogurt
- Save – make homemade yogurt at half the price of store bought yogurt
- Think green – reduce the plastic containers from store bought yogurt
- Full instruction manual
- One-year manufacturer’s guarantee
How our yogurt turned out!
After reading up on how to make homemade yogurt with the Belle+Bella machine, I felt like I had learned enough to try our first batch. There are plenty of recipes on how to make non-dairy yogurt, but I wanted to try a dairy batch on the first try. It probably goes without saying, but you need to start out with outstanding milk in order to get a good end product. My kids and husband love Kalona Whole milk which is both natural and organic. If you are making dairy yogurt you have to heat the milk to a certain temperature, which we achieved on our stove with a temperature gauge. It is important to use a yogurt starter, and Belle+Bella makes their own brand, which contains billions of live cultures that are needed in making high quality yogurt. We slowly heated the milk and starter to a temp of 180 degrees and, once achieved, had the milk cool down to a hot 108 degrees. We had the Belle+Bella machine ready to port the milk into the internal container with the warm water bath surrounding it right after to maintain the milk’s temperature in the low/mid 40 degrees for up to 12 hours (check temperatures for non-dairy yogurt as it varies for soy, almond, and coconut.) Once the time had elapsed, we let the yogurt cool down and then chilled in the refrigerator for a couple of hours until it’s a perfect temperature/consistency.
The yogurt smelled delicious after it’s long water bath inside the Belle+Bella machine and it smelled fantastic! We added a few drops of honey to it and off it went to cool in our refrigerator. We couldn’t wait to taste it.
Besides the honey, we added nothing to our homemade yogurt, and made a wonderful parfait from strawberries and granola. It was a huge hit with Bob and I and our oldest daughter, Brooke. It was a light, and delicious snack and we look forward to making much more homemade dairy and non-dairy yogurt for our younget’s pouches and treats for the rest of our family. We will be testing out different types of milk as well as soy, almond milk, and coconut milk, so we have lots of possibilities to explore. Our first batch should last us for at least a week and we’ll be starting a new one next week. Yay for yogurt and Bella+Bella for making this process completely idiot-proof for me. Huzzah!
Austinites! Whole Foods Market has Belle+Bella products available for purchase!
About Belle + Bella: A family owned company, Belle and Bella revolutionized home yogurt making with the Yogomagic yogurt maker in 1967. The Yogomagic was a simple and easy way to make delicious yogurt at home. One of the original companies in the natural products industry they are now the world’s leader in all things probiotic related. From home yogurt making products to probiotic formulas, they take every measure to ensure every product not only meets industry standards, but their own family standard.
List Price: $69.99