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nja Dec 9, 2004 07:41 PM

Hello,

I'm thinking of buying as a gift a home yogurt making kit. Anyone have any specific products to recommend? The one below looked nice the other day in the store.

Link: http://surlatable.com/common/products...

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    Ruth Lafler Dec 13, 2004 02:41 AM

    Nick: I don't know whether to thank you or kill you: I read this post and realized this was a perfect gift for my sister, so I looked up yogurt makers on the web. I decided I didn't like the idea of the little individual jars (at least not for my sister, who buys plain yogurt in the biggest size tubs). I fell in love with a large canister model, and decided to get her one for her birthday, which was today.

    I spend literally hours on Saturday trying to track one down locally, and after another stint on the phone this morning I gave up and ordered it on line for Xmas, which meant I still had to go out today and find a birthday present.

    So thanks for the idea, but I'm also holding you responsible for 24 hours of the most miserable, frustrating and unproductive shopping I've ever done!

    PS: According to one person I talked to, the models like the one you linked where the jars are in rows have problems with uneven heating. If I were buying one of the jar-types I'd buy the circular one CarbLover linked.

    Link: http://www.juicersforless.com/product...

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      Carb Lover Dec 12, 2004 03:47 PM

      I used to have a basic retro-looking kit that I probably picked up at a garage sale a long time ago. Don't remember brand, but it worked well and made exceptionally creamy and fresh-tasting yogurt. Not a big yogurt eater, so eventually gave it away, but if your recipient is a yogurt addict, then this is a great gift.

      Although I like to look at Sur La Table, think that most stuff is overpriced. There's really not much to a kit to justify a $60 price tag IMO. Check out the $30 one that looks nice and more compact at Williams-Sonoma. The jars are included in price.

      Link: http://ww5.williams-sonoma.com/cat/pi...

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        Carb Lover Dec 12, 2004 03:59 PM

        With the $ that you save by getting a less pricey kit, you can give some nice mix-in ingredients to get your friend started. Some ideas: espresso powder; fruit jam (I like Bonne Maman); lemon curd; marmalade; candied ginger; almond extract; possibilities are endless...

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        dillard Dec 10, 2004 11:38 AM

        Just an fyi, I got a yogurt making machine at Goodwill once and just use some leftover yogurt from a previous batch (or a container of plain from the store) as a starter. It tastes great every time. You really don't need any special ingredients. Homemade yogurt is really great. Much nicer and milder than store bought, IMHO.

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          Chris VR Dec 10, 2004 01:59 PM

          Alton Brown showed how to do it using a garbage can, heating pad and stoneware crock, also using regular yogurt as a starter.

          However, if Nick is lookign for a gift idea, that might not be as attractive to package up as a nice yogurt-making doohickey. ;-)

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          Chris VR Dec 9, 2004 10:04 PM

          I haven't used the one at the link below but it's been recommended to me. It's a bit more hardcore, but also more versatile as you can make cream cheese, sour cream, etc with it.

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            Chris VR Dec 13, 2004 08:17 AM

            DOH. Forgot to link to it. This holiday season has turned my brain to swiss cheese.

            Link: http://www.cheesemaking.com/product_i...

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