My family are huge fans of yoghurt, our fridge is packed with lots of different types of flavours in all different sized pots. Most of the time, when I open the fridge door that is all that is in there, yoghurt, yoghurt yoghurt! The OH is the main buyer of yoghurt, between him and my three boys they must get through a least 10 pots a day.
So when we was invited along to an exclusive brunch with EasiYo and presenter Jenni Falconer at London’s exclusive family members club Maggie and Rose for a morning of yoghurt making and food sampling, I thought it would be a morning of heaven for them.
As soon as we arrived at the venue, by the look of the outside, we knew that the boys would have lots of fun. Our eldest opted not to come along with us and spend the morning with his friends instead (I think that maybe he is becoming too old to be seen out and about with his parents now lol) The venue was perfect for the children, it took me a good five minutes just to get them in through the main door, as they were playing with the objects on the fence outside.
As we entered we was greeted by the PR and shown around, the boys didn’t wait around they threw off their coats and headed over to the balloon modelling lady. I on the other hand was desperate for a coffee and a muffin, they looked delicious and smelt divine.
The balloon modelling lady was brilliant, I have never seen such creativity with a balloon before, she could make just about anything that you asked for. The boys chose a Tortoise ( just like our Oscar) and a Fish.
They were ace! The boys played with them for ages. Oliver sat down on the many cushions on the floor and pretended to fish, he looked just like a little gnome. In fact we still have the Tortoise at home, 2 weeks after the event, sitting next to Oscars tank.
Whilst the boys were occupied with playing with playdough and their balloon creations, Paul and I had a sneaky look at the demonstration table. There were little pots of EasiYo delights for us to try after the demonstration on how to use the yoghurt maker.
The demonstration was given by EasiYo celebrity Ambassador Jennifer Falconer and head Sales Manager Paul. Here’s what we found out:
- EasiYo was invented 20 years ago by A Kiwi Father who had 8 children to feed, which cost him a small fortune to feed. He was slightly worried about how fresh the shop bought yoghurts are and that they were full of preservatives. After tinkering away in his shed he came up with a system of making yoghurt at home that was fresh and healthier, being a Physics teacher helped with the invention.
- The new red design has a layer of New Zealand Wool insulating it, which helps to keep the yoghurt at the right temperature during the fermenting process
- The design is sleek and small enough to fit into a Kitchen cupboard, laying down or standing up
- It comes apart easily to clean
- The lid has an easy grip handle and locks into place with a click when closing
- Easiyo yoghurt is a good source of calcium
- EasiYo is the number one selling yoghurt maker in New Zealand, with over half of all households having one
- EasiYo yoghurt has no added artificial colours or flavours and no stabilisers.
- Easiyo yoghurt is also gluten free
- EasiYo yoghurt contains Acidophilus, which helps maintain an acidic environment in your body that can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria
- The yoghurt once made can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, 1 week if fruit added to it.
- It is quick and easy to make, even the children can join in and help
- Once made up, Easiyo yoghurt can be introduced to just about any recipe
- The longer you leave the yoghurt to ferment the tastier it gets, it becomes thicker and creamier
- It has no added sugar, which we love the idea of.
- No electronics, no moving parts, no fuss
The yoghurt is easy to make and can be done in 3 easy steps
1. Half fill the yoghurt jar with room temperature water. Add the yoghurt sachet, pop the lid back on and give it a good shake. Open it back up and fill it up with water, shake again
2. Push the plastic spacer into the bottom of the maker. Pour boiling water to the top of the spacer (adults only if making with children)
3. Place the jar of yoghurt mixture into the maker so that it sits on the spacer. Put the lid on the maker and leave on the side for 8-12 hours to let the yoghurt set.
Once set it can be moved to the fridge to keep cool or added into recipes.
After the demonstration and Q&A’s we were treated to food sampling. There were Spanish frittatas, blueberry muffins, dips and different flavoured yoghurts to tantalize our taste buds with.
My favourite was the toffee apple yoghurt, Greek EasiYo yoghurt with little pieces of apple and toffee syrup. Lots of others who attended the event preferred the chocolate and peanut yoghurt but I found it too sweet for my taste buds. We certainly was treated well with the food, as the chefs just kept handing out food after food. I’m a sucker for dips, I’m a real party food eater as I like to nibble on food. The Tahini yoghurt cream and avocado dip were lovely and creamy. The yoghurt doesn’t taste powdery as I expected it to but fresh and creamy.
Who knew you could do so much with yoghurt? It can be used as an alternative in most recipes to replace cream, sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise. As it is made in your home, it is always at your finger tips. Not only can it used to make sweet treats but also sauces for main meals ie; beef stroganoff, lamb curry and lasagne.
With a full belly and tired out children the event was over. We were gifted with an EasiYo Yoghurt Maker and a few sachets of yoghurt mix to take home and try.
As soon as we got home the boys couldn’t wait to try out the maker and make their own. They really enjoyed the shaking and couldn’t believe that it only took a matter on minutes to do. The only thing was they wanted it there and then, they didn’t want to wait until it was set. I explained the process of the yoghurt and told them that good things come to those that wait lol. We made ours before bedtime, so that when they woke up they would have some yoghurt for breakfast. The boys decided to add kiwi into theirs.
It was a big hit with all the family, the yoghurt was creamy and the kiwi was juicy.
What’s great is that they can take from the pot whenever they want and it’s good to know that they have made it themselves meaning it tastes even better.
EasiYo is stocked all over the UK at retailers including QVC, Wilko, Lakeland, The Range, Holland and Barratt and Hobby Craft.
The EasiYo red maker retails at £17.99 and each yoghurt sachet is priced at £2-£3 (per 1kg serving)
Thank you to Carousel PR and Easiyo for the invite