The product is great. I have been making yogurt old school style before that, which could sometimes result in different sourness level depending on the heat I use and if I leave it for too long. With the yogurt maker the heat and time are constant, so the results are consistent. Not crazy about the stainer though - it makes the yogurt too dry, almost chalky. I have strained yogurt before with a cheese cloth, and it doesn't come out like that. Maybe need to experiment with the time (instructions say 1 hr) and do it outside the fridge (instructions say to leave it in the fridge). Overall, happy that I bought it. I wish it was bigger.
followed the instructions given by the manufacturer, the yogurt turns out too watery and light yellow on top.
The lid is supposed to fit both the small and the large container but it doesn' t fit either one very well. It just sits loosly on top of the large container and it's too large in diameter to fit the smaller container. I was expecting a tighter fit for both containers since the yogurt has to sit in the fridge for a while while draining. Also the strainer does not hold an entire batch of the large yogurt, that's dissappointing, so have to strain in 2 separate batches.
Greek yogurt is popular. Great! This sounds good. BUT!! Opening the package and reading the instructions, we packed it up and sent it back. Why? Because it would take six cups of milk to make two cups of yogurt. A) Huge waste. Commercial makers can market this by-product; at home it goes down the drain. B) Expense. Realizing that making it this way is more expensive than buying it, we chucked the idea. No - don't buy it.
We eat a LOT of Greek yogurt so this seemed like a good idea. Turns out it is slightly more expensive to make the stuff than to buy it on sale or at Costco! :D There is nothing wrong with this product, but the whole concept of making our own yogurt (which is a fair amount of work) turned out to be something of a joke. The unit makes up to two cups, which doesn't last long here.
I have not had a successful attempt yet out of 2 making a normal consistency of yogurt. Also, it is sort of tedious since you have to heat the milk to 185 degrees first (which takes quite a while, at least using the double boiler technique). Then you have to let it cool to 110 degrees. Finally, you put in the Dash yogurt maker for about 8 hours (give or take a couple hours).
not sure why after fermentation one is not told to discharge top fluid part before putting in the strainer. Says to mix it and then put in strainer making process longer. Did not realize one gets just a small amount of yogurt from 5 cups of milk. Wondering if buying store greek yogurt is better and both cost and time saving
Purchased for my sis, and she uses it regularly. Makes thick Greek-style yogurt simply. She says it seems to thickens more when it strains longer. Strainer can sometimes be a bit small to hold the amount of product it produces, so she has to pull out another strainer and filter the additional amount. Works great.
The only issue I've had is that the product is supposed to be dishwasher safe, however my lid melted a bit so now I hand wash it all. But it's been well worth the investment. It's already paid for itself within 2 months from what we would have spent on store bought (higher sugar content) yogurt.
I've been making yogurt for years, using pretty much every method. This is the easiest yogurt maker I've used. Just heat the milk, cool it, add starter and the Dash does the rest. No checking the temp as it cultures or wondering if its too hot or cold. So reliable. Wonderful!!