I had some confusion about which container to make the yogurt in as their instructions say one thing, but the images show the opposite. And for the record you make it in the blue container and strain it (if you choose) in the white container. I have made about 8 batches so far and for flavor and the right ‘sour’ taste 10. I’ve done regular milk, low fat, no lactose and goat’s milk and each batch came out great. I would recommend this product to anyone wanting to make their own yogurt because you can really customize it to your liking.
For foolproof greek yogurt every time: 5 cups of milk (i use 0%) and 5. 3 oz container of greek yogurt at room temperature. Add 7 tablespoons of powdered milk. (middle dots on clock blink when on. )starter yogurt cultures, freeze dried in boxes, gave me yogurt that never thickened. Before i did the above, the yogurt consistency and flavor varied. I have never heated the milk nor used a thermometer. I have no reason to use the strainer, as it is as thick as the greek yogurt i use to make the batch. I make two batches per week since july, 2015. The above combination works every time, giving me a consistency i like. This version of the recipe should be printed in their booklet – as their recipe is too fussy and too many steps – with the possibility of error and inconsistency.
Dash Greek Yogurt Maker Machine with LCD Display + 2 BPA-Free Storage Containers with Lids, Blue
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- HEALTHIER: Dash Greek Yogurt Maker Machine lets you make healthier, homemade yogurt right from your kitchen. You control the ingredients (Organic? Sweetened? Flavored? Plain?) making it better for you and your family
- COMPACT + LIGHTWEIGHT: Weighing 2lbs, this is a must-have for that first apartment, smaller kitchen, or college dorm. Plus, all accessories fit inside the base, taking up even less space, BONUS!
- QUICK + EASY: Set it and forget it! Prep time takes just 10 minutes (add milk, yogurt starter and other custom ingredients), leave overnight, and you will enjoy fresh, homemade Greek yogurt in just 8-12 hours (up to 2qts)
- PERFECT GIFT: The perfect wedding or new home gift. Its small size takes up little counter space, and its sleek design and trendy color options will match any kitchen décor (add to your registry now!)
- INCLUDES: Backed by a 1-year manufacturer warranty, the 20-watt Dash Greek Yogurt Maker, includes 2 BPA-free buckets with lids, strainer basket, recipe book, and recipe database access. All non-electric parts are easily wiped clean
I just got this and so far, it worked really well. I used fat free milk and because i strained it too long, it turned into a kind of ricotta cheese, which is fine, as i made a really good fat free, sugar free lemon cheesecake with it. I started with 5 cups of milk and it yielded about a pint of the ‘ricotta’. I’m now experimenting with unsweetened soy milk from trader joe’s and have that working for another 6 hours or so. When i look inside it looks like it’s turning into yogurt, so i’m happy. The machine is super easy to use, doesn’t take up much space. My next task is to make kefir, as i got freeze dried grains and will try that out in the dash. I’ve never made yogurt before now, so i’m happy with this. All my appliances are stainless, but it’s ok that it’s pink.
I will admit that this machine and i got off to a rough start. The instructions are lacking (which container is for ‘cooking“?. Why is the basic recipe 5 pages away from the actual instructions?) now that i have memorized the process, i’m really pleased with it. Heating and cooling the milk is the most difficult step, quite onerous. I use stonybrook greek plain/organic/grass fed as a starter and the result is delicious. I love knowing that i made food for my family from nothing but grass fed milk. We mix these in jars with homemade fruit preserves, extracts, honey, syrups, etc. Or use them in other dishes. The whey (a byproduct of straining) can be used for making ricotta cheese or a variety of other things. I rated the dash 4 stars because of the yield, which is a very low 2. If you don’t strain it you won’t get the whey, but you will get extra nutrients and twice as much non-greek yogurt.
Update: editing to talk about my second and much improved batch – still rated 4 stars as original post. I still my pros and cons are accurate, though after getting the temperatures right and whisking more often while the milk was heating up, it left the yogurt maker looking like yogurt, rather than a watery clumpy mess like my first batch. Now my biggest problem is that i could not fit all the yogurt into the strainer and had to strain in two batches. Very happy with these results, though, because it really came out with a great texture (smooth but thick, not lumpy or watery) and tastes like the fage i used as a starter. My concerns now are perhaps to reduce slightly the amount of milk and amount of starter yogurt needed and also to try to find higher quality milk, since i just used whole milk that was from the grocery store. That might make everything a little better. I’m also really interested to try to reuse some of the yogurt made, which was impossible after that first monstrosity of a batch. I might not do that still for my next batch, just while i’m playing with ratios and quality of milk, but that’s my ultimate goal. I’m also wondering if opening a sprinkle capsule of probiotics might work, too, or might be good in addition to a starter yogurt. Overall i’m pretty happy with this purchase.
Dash Greek Yogurt Maker Machine with LCD Display + 2 BPA-Free Storage Containers with Lids, Blue : Yogurt makers are dead simple devices. Maintain 110 f for some time, controlled by a timer. Dash’s product is easy to use and clean, very well built, but very frustrating that the only way to tell it is on is if the colon on the very small led is blinking. I sorta messed up a batch because i thought it was on but it wasn’t because i didn’t notice that colon, probably 1/4th by 1/16th of an inch, wasn’t blinking. Please put a red led on light on this device then it’ll be perfect.
I bought this to make vegan yogurt. Or yogurt made from nuts rather than dairy milk. After a few tries using coconut milk and cashew milk i tried lactose-free milk , using milk is a winner. The yogurt comes out perfect. If i don’t drain it it’s like the thickness that you would get from a good quality yogurt from the store. However when you actually are draining it is when it becomes like greek yogurt i don’t time that i just leave for the day or whatever and come back and the yogurt is more of a thickness like ricotta cheese or a softened cream cheese. Well of course it tastes amazing. It’s very strong tart flavor. I add additional probiotics that have 11 different cultures and they are from a capsule. I found a really didn’t need to use additional made yogurt as a probiotic or culture just using lactose-free whole milk with the probiotic capsules was enough your choice. I am sensitive to lactose but i wasn’t sure about the milk and i’m probably not going to be doing that very much i would really rather use a nut milk so the next thing for me to do is to make a milk from the nut itself rather than purchasing it in a container. Or i had some lactose-free milk left over and i use those two cups with cashew milk and it came out with a thicker yogurt. But still not what i was looking for.
I would have given this a 5 star rating, however i very disappointed that this doesn’t come with the thermometer that is absolutely necessary to make yogurt. I’ve owned vintage older yogurt models from the 70’s and 80’s and back in the day, as a courtesy to the consumer a thermometer was included. Mind you it’s a cheap add on and i can run out to my local target or walmart store to buy one for around $4. 00 – but the inconvenience of having to go buy one annoys me. Why not raise the price of the product a couple bucks and add one?. You can’t make yogurt without it.
This is a great yogurt maker. I had an old one that i bought 40 years ago (it still works) that produces jars of regular yogurt. Who knew back then that we could drain that sad, sour, watery yogurt and make greek yogurt. Well, this was touted on cook’s country and i confess to being a die hard fanatic when it comes to the products they recommend and their very fine cookbooks. This product is no exception to the collection of fine cooking utensils and appliances i have purchased at their recommendation. The yogurt was really good, even more so since i could control the sourness a bit by controlling the time it ‘cooks’. I started with a live culture yogurt as my catalyst. Once you produce a batch, you can use your yogurt for the starter for another batch. It works with non-dairy milks too.
I read all the reviews of all the yogurt makers and like some others, was disappointed to find out that they don’t actually make a yogurt maker that does it all at the touch of a button. Looks like such a thing does not exist. I decided to try this one since i like greek yogurt, and the strainer that comes with it seemed like a necessity. I have not been disappointed. I have made 2 batches of yogurt (since getting this 5 days ago) and it is amazing. My first batch was made with yogurt starter, and my second was made with some of the yogurt from the first batch. Both have been creamy and delicious. I have been using organic whole milk and following the directions that come with the yogurt maker. The result has been a rich, creamy yogurt, and as an added bonus, my doggies are loving the whey that gets drained off as a treat. The process is easy (except for the extra inconvenience of having to heat the milk to 185 degrees and then cool it back to 110 degrees).
I am very pleased with my dash greek yogurt maker. It is quite easy to use and since i am completely in control of the ingredients, i am using an organic starter and organic non-gmo milk with no growth hormone.
This is a great yogurt maker – the recipes included, not so much. Here’s a greek yogurt recipe that’s much tastier: 5 cups milk (i use 1% braums), 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup powdered milk. Mix all and microwave until at least 180. Put 3/4 cup yogurt starter into your yogurt maker and just let it set at room temp. Cool the milk mixture until it’s between 105 and 100 degrees f. Pour through a strainer (gotta catch any powdered milk bits you didn’t quite get mixed in) into the yogurt starter. Pop it in the yogurt maker for 5 hours. . Perfect greek yogurt that keeps the nutritious whey, has more protein due to the added powdered milk, and is less effort than straining. My kids say it tastes like vanilla ice cream. Tips: the starter you use does matter. All yogurt is not created equally – some has many more live probiotics than others. I use stonyfield farms organic or some from the batch i made.
I’ve only used it once and i loved it. It was super easy and the yogurt turned out great. I have made yogurt in the individual cups in a 1970’s style yogurt maker and using mason jars, styrofoam cooler and heating pad system. This was by far the easiesti used whole milk, heated it to 185° on stovetop (no double boiler); stirred in about a 1/4 cup of milk powder; let cool to 110°; stirred in 1/2 brown cow cup plain yogurt and set maker for 6 hours. I strained it too long for my liking but all you have to do is stir some whey back in. Also, the whey is delicious. I made a smoothie with frozen berries with some of the leftover whey.
I’m so happy with this little yogurt maker. It makes it so easy to make homemade yogurt, then i can change it up and store in smaller jars for different flavors. I’ve only had it a few days and i’m already on batch #5. Homemade yogurt also makes great frozen yogurt. Cherry extract, a little confectioners sugar and throw it in the ice cream maker. I’ve been making yogurt with 6 cups milk, which is over the recommended line, but drain in 2 separate containers. The drain that comes with this, then whatever remains i place in a colander with cheesecloth. This becomes my yogurt cheese (just drain the whey for longer). Add herbs and serve with veggies or crackers. Use the whey to add to soups, stock, smoothies, or anything else that uses liquid. I like the fact that my family is not getting the added ingredients in store-bought yogurt.
We go thru a fair amount of yogurt here, and we both prefer the greek style – our ‘store favorite’ goes for $2. 50 a pint; when i started finding uses for whey in my kitchen projects, i began searching for a new solution. That’s when i found this dash maker: it makes yogurt in bulk, not in tiny cups, and it is provisioned for draining the whey from the yogurt. It is a simple product: a single sealed unit with digital controls on the front, essentially a temperature-controlled ‘incubation chamber’ that holds the yogurt -to-be while the bacteria do their thing – and an outer lid, of course. It arrived with a chatty but useful manual/cookbook, a strainer/filter for separating the whey, a separation container that holds the strainer and catches the whey, and an inner lid. I made my first yogurt last night, and this morning, my wife pronounced it ‘better than the store-bought’. Per the directions, i used 5 cups of milk – and gained two pints of good yogurt and a pint of whey; this mean my dash yogurt maker will pay for itself with only five batches – and i’m 20% of the way there already. My first machine from amazon was dead on arrival; dash customer service was friendly, courteous and efficient, offering to send me a replacement directly, which i accepted. The replacement arrived a week later, and this one worked right out of the box. I am very happy with my purchase and my results, i am very happy with dash’s excellent customer care, and with amazon for allowing me to learn about this unit and buy it from them.
This yogurt maker works great, i’ve made several batches with no problems. It’s especially nice to have the strainer that comes with it to make greek yogurt; you don’t have to mess with cheesecloth etc. , and it fits right into one of the containers, so you can set it in the fridge to drain. I wish it had a larger capacity, i’m making yogurt almost every other day. Because of the fact that this only holds 5 cups of milk ending up with 2 or 3 cups of (greek style) yogurt after 9+ hours; i wish i’d checked out some other multi purpose appliances that hold larger amounts as well as cooking other things. If you don’t eat a lot of yogurt this machine does it’s one job very well.
Really like this greek yogurt maker. Use it for milk yogurt and coconut yogurt. For those interested in making coconut milk yogurt, here is a proven recipe that works. All the products can be obtained from amazon. Coconut yogurtingredients* 2 -13. 5 oz cans plus 1 cup of additive-free coconut milk (guar gum is ok). Native forest classic coconut milk* 2 tbl. Great lakes unflavored porcine gelatin* 1/4 tsp. Gi prostart (amazon)* 2 tbl.
We bought the dash greek yogurt maker not because it was cheap in comparison to some like products, which. But because we love to cook and eat. And a product review by the american test kitchen hailed this yogurt maker as the best.Since we’ve received this yogurt maker, we’ve made yogurt every day. We did not order a culture starter but bought some $1 plain yogurt with active culture at the local grocery store and made our first batch and it turned out great 🙂 it’s easy to use, instructions are plain and simple and the yogurt tastes absolutely wonderful.
We eat a lot of plain greek yogurt that we doctor up with our own fresh fruit or fruit-only jam. We also use greek yogurt in place of sour cream. My homemade greek yogurt is sweeter, milder, creamier, and significantly less expensive than what we used to buy in the store. Plus, i know exactly what’s in my yogurt. Organic milk and yogurt cultures. 7 cups of warmed milk + a scoop of yogurt + 8 hours brewing + 6 hours cooling + 2 hours straining = 1 quart of amazing greek yogurt.
It worked beautifully right from the first time i fumbled through it. I love making home made fresh yogurt now, no added salt, no preservatives, and it’s delish. It took making my first batch to get used to the routine, but by the second time i was on auto pilot. Not difficult, just a few steps before it goes in the maker. I’m so glad i got this maker, with the reusable strainer in it, so i don’t have to use cheese cloth. It also allows me to easily stop the draining in stages. Once freshly made i put 1/2 cup in a covered ramekin in the fridge, for a starter to the next batch. The rest i let drain for 2 hours in the fridge to get greek yogurt, i set 1/2 of that aside for hubbies fruit and for dollops on potatoes. I then let the rest drain in the fridge for up to over night and i get a cream cheese like consistency for putting in omelets.
I tried the crock pot method with soso success. The results out of this (at 12 hrs) was thick and creamy, the yoghurt i dreamed of. The results after greek-ing it was unbelievable. Actually without straining the yoghurt was so nice next time i think i will just make yogurt and skip the straining. But its good to know you have the option. I was also worried it was too small, but it makes a solid 4 cups at a time which is perfect as thats the size of my glass milk measuring cup. Just heat the milk in the mwave 4 mins then check the temp. Keep heating at 1 min intervals until you hit 185. Remove and put in a ice water bath until it cools to 110. Then stir in your room temp yogurt leftover, about a cup or 2. You can also use the whey from your greek production. Mix well and put in the machine.
I make yogurt twice a week, and this little machine makes it so easy to make greek yogurt. Just heat the milk to 190 degrees in a double boiler, then cool it to 110 degrees, add starter (i also add a little honey and vanilla to mine) then pour into the bucket, place it in the yogurt maker and set it to incubate. ) once the timer goes off (no beep, so i set an alarm on my phone), place the strainer into the white bucket and pour the yogurt into the strainer. Use the white lid and let it strain in the fridge for two or three hours. Pour into containers and add fruit on top, if you desire. My only complaint is that i cannot fit the entire batch into the strainer at once, so i have to let it strain in two batches. Other than that, great little machine for the moneyi wish the serving containers were dishwasher safe, but it’s not a big deal to hand wash them. Love the fruit container on the top and the yogurt on bottom.