Individually portioned jars
Can make seven different types of yogurt at once
Glass jars are non-toxic and dishwasher safe
No timer or automatic shut-off
Numbers on the base seem pointless
Yogurt is a versatile grocery staple that can be used to make breakfast and dessert parfaits, baked goods, savory marinades, sauces, dips, and more. Yogurt can be a good source of nutrients, including protein and calcium. It also contains good-for-you bacteria, known as probiotics, which are beneficial in maintaining the health and function of your digestive system. Store-bought yogurts often contain added ingredients like sweeteners and flavoring which can add extra calories, sugar, and/or other unnatural compounds. If you love yogurt, but prefer to avoid these ingredients, an appliance specially designed to make your own yogurt, like the Euro Cuisine YM80 Electric Yogurt Maker, can be an invaluable kitchen tool. Keep reading to find out how this appliance worked out in our kitchen.
Design: Simple, fool-proof operation in a compact package
The Euro Cuisine YM80 is ready to make yogurt right out of the box. The design is super simple and operation is as easy as flipping a single switch on and off. A built-in light next to the power switch indicates when the yogurt maker is turned on, which is a convenient reminder since the user needs to be present to turn the yogurt maker both on and off.
If you’re extra health-conscious, you’ll appreciate that the yogurt containers are made from non-toxic glass instead of plastic.
The only thing we don’t like about this model is the fact that there’s no timer and instead, there are numbers printed on the side of the unit. The numbers serve little purpose, other than to remind you how many hours the yogurt will be cooking. You can align the indicator on the clear lid with the time you expect it to be finished. This is really only helpful if you’re frequently passing by the yogurt maker while it cooks, but we found setting a timer was much easier.
If you’re extra health-conscious, you’ll appreciate that the yogurt containers are made from non-toxic glass instead of plastic. We absolutely love the seven lidded 6-ounce glass jars that come with this set. Besides being cute and convenient, they’re perfectly sized for grab-and-go snacks and packed lunches. One downside to the jars: Glass may not be the go-to choice for kids’ lunch boxes, but it’s simple enough to scoop the yogurt into an unbreakable storage container. As an added bonus, making your own yogurt in reusable jars cuts down on plastic waste and is better for the environment.
The only thing we don’t like about this model is the fact that there’s no timer.
The individual jars also mean built-in portion control and the ability to make different flavors of yogurt at the same time. Alternatively, you don’t have to make all seven jars of yogurt each time you run the gadget. You can make as many as you want or need with each batch. And if you need more than seven jars (42 ounces total) to feed a large household, Euro Cuisine also sells additional glass jars and an expansion rack that doubles the capacity of the yogurt maker for a total of 14 jars and 84 ounces of yogurt. Additional accessories, including starter culture and strainers to make Greek yogurt, are also available from the manufacturer.
Performance: Like a slow cooker, but made for yogurt
The operation of the Euro Cuisine yogurt maker was so simple, we almost couldn’t believe it. Since we’d done some reading on how to make yogurt, we already knew that heating the milk on the stovetop before adding a starter culture would create a thicker consistency. We warmed 42 ounces of organic whole milk to 180 degrees, let it cool to 110 degrees, and then added a packet of freeze-dried starter culture that we purchased separately. Alternatively, you can use plain, store-bought yogurt as your culture, as it’s already loaded with active bacterial cultures that can ferment milk into yogurt.
Our yogurt tasted fresh and, dare we say, significantly better than store-bought varieties.
We transferred the milk mixture to an extra-large measuring cup for easy filling of the glass yogurt jars. Operation was as easy as placing the jars (without lids) in the base of the yogurt maker and flipping the power switch. There are no settings to worry about and not much else to do once you start the fermentation process. This yogurt maker lacks a built-in timer and automatic shut-off, so we set an alarm on our cell phone for 8 hours to remind us when to turn the machine off and transfer the jars to the fridge.
Our yogurt tasted fresh and, dare we say, significantly better than store-bought varieties. The consistency was perfectly smooth and creamy. After the first batch, we thought the yogurt could be a little thicker, so we let the second batch ferment for closer to 10 hours with success. We also tried straining the yogurt through a mesh strainer set over a mixing bowl in the fridge for a couple hours to drain off some extra liquid.
Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe glass jars make cleanup simple
After enjoying each jar of yogurt, simply pop the glass jars and screw-on lids into the dishwasher for easy cleanup. They’re also easy to wash by hand in warm, soapy water. The same goes for the plastic lid that covers the yogurt maker base; it’s prone to collecting condensation during the fermentation process so you’ll want to clean it after each use. As for the base, a quick wipe with a damp cloth will remove any condensation or spills.
Price: Budget-friendly with plenty of affordable add-on options
The Euro Cuisine YM80 Electric Yogurt Maker retails for $40, but you can usually find it on sale for $25 to $35. You can’t beat the price for the inclusion of glass yogurt jars. Non-toxic glass storage containers are often more expensive than their plastic counterparts. It’s also backed by a three-year limited warranty.
You’ll more than make up for the investment in grocery bill savings, as well. Individual yogurts, especially those made with premium ingredients and non-dairy varieties, can cost anywhere from $1 to $4 per serving. Buying bigger tubs of yogurt can be more cost-effective, but not all varieties are available in more economical sizes.
Euro Cuisine YM80 Electric Yogurt Maker vs. Cuisinart Electronic Yogurt Maker
If your budget allows, be sure to check out the Cuisinart Electronic Yogurt Maker (view on Amazon). Priced around $80, it’s almost twice as costly as the Euro Cuisine model, but it offers extra bells and whistles that make DIY yogurt even easier—especially if you’ve got a busy schedule.
The Cuisinart features a more contemporary design, built-in timer, LED timer display, and automatic cooling function. The timer gives you the option of setting cook time from one to 24 hours and it automatically counts down the time. When the fermentation time is up, the Cusinart switches itself into cooling mode, which maintains yogurt at a temperature between 43 to 52 degrees, so you don’t have to be present to turn the unit off or transfer the yogurt to the refrigerator.
Besides the cooling feature, the other main difference between these yogurt makers is the included containers. While the Euro Cuisine is capable of making seven individual jars of yogurt per batch for a total of 42 ounces, the Cuisinart comes with one large container that can hold up to 50 ounces per batch of yogurt. To make individually portioned yogurts with the Cuisinart, you’ll have to transfer the yogurt to smaller lidded containers.
Definitely buy it.
The Euro Cuisine YM80 Electric Yogurt Maker is extremely simple to use, affordable, easy to clean, and compact for convenient storage. With seven jars, creating your own individually portioned yogurt cups is a breeze. Euro Cuisine also offers an array of optional, sold-separately accessories to maximize the unit’s functionality.
- Product Name Electric Yogurt Maker
- Product Brand Euro Cuisine
- MPN YM80
- Price $39.99
- Weight 4 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 9.5 x 9.5 x 6 in.
- Material Glass and BPA-free plastic
- Capacity 42 oz.
- Warranty 3-year limited
- What’s Included Yogurt maker with lid, (7) 6-oz. glass jars with lids, instruction/recipe booklet