VitaClay StoneWare Yogurt Maker Adds Culture to Your Kitchen

Misc Gear Home Tech Health Tech   Many of us have fond memories of summer days spent cranking the handle of an ice cream maker waiting for a homemade treat, but what about yogurt? While ice cream is great, it’s not nearly as healthy as yogurt. The new VitaClay Stoneware Yogurt Maker and Personal Slow Cooker makes it fun and easy to make your own at home.

Making yogurt requires keeping a steady low temperature for time enough for the beneficial cultures to grow without curdling the milk that forms the base of the mixture. So a slow cooker is the perfect medium for the process. VitaClay has long been known for their efficient slow cookers and rice cookers which hold a steady temp very well thanks to their unique zisha clay inserts.

Since the mixture inside the cooker during the yogurt-making process, it’s important not to use plastic inserts since they might leech chemicals into the mixture during cooking. The clay insert of the VitaClay is more durable than glass and safer than cheaper plastic pots. At 2 quarts, it is the ideal size for small batches for personal use and easy to clean.

Thanks to three heat settings: low, high and yogurt, (well, four if you count “off”) the VitaClay is very simple to cook with. You can also use the slow cooker for any other meals where you might normally might use one of those other kitchen devices that rhymes with “Rock Rot.”

Yogurt takes about 5-8 hours to make, so you can set it and forget it while you go about your day. You can produce your own probiotic Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese or any other yogurt at a fraction of the cost of store-bought, plus add your own fruits and sweeteners to customize the flavors.

The VitaClay comes with a recipe booklet with over 50 natural recipes for making and using yogurt plus other one-pot meals. The slow cooker/yogurt maker comes in red or silver exteriors to match your own kitchen décor, since hopefully you’ll be using this often enough to want to keep it out on the counter instead of hiding in the back of some cabinet.

The VitaClay Stoneware Yogurt Maker and Personal Slow Cooker is available at the company’s website for $35.

About the Author

Chris Chamberlain
Chris is a native of Nashville, TN and an honors graduate from Stanford University (where it should have occurred to him in the late `80's that maybe this computer business thing was gonna take off.) After 25 years in the business of selling flattened dead trees to printers who used them to make something which the ancients called "books," somebody finally slapped Chris over the head with an iPad whereupon he became the Director of Business Development for an internet services company that works with US retailers to help them sell their products overseas. His other day gig is as a food and drink writer for several regional newspapers, magazines and blogs. Chris has a travel/restaurant guide/cookbook coming out next fall which he is sure your mother would just love as a holiday present.

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