Giveaway: Yolife Yogurt Maker

Sometime, eating healthy isn’t always easy or affordable.  It is sad to say but prepackaged foods are faster, easier, and often cheaper than cooking from scratch and eating fresh foods.  But, what do we sacrifice in the long run?  What type of preservatives and artificial ingredients are we putting into our bodies?  What are the long term consequences of not caring what we eat?  Tribest is doing there part to make healthy living easier.  If you have never heard of Tribest, here is some information about them from their website:

Tribest Corporation is a leading designer, OEM manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of branded, high quality small appliances for healthy lifestyles. Our products highlight leading technology and combine that with affordability to bring the best experience to everyone. We are innovative leaders in the Juice Extractor, Grain Mill, Blender and Sprouter business and we continue to bring the best products oriented towards the health and well being of our customers.

Tribest has some great links to help you along the path to healthy living.  Check out their health links to learn more about nutrition, vegetarian living, raw foods and a number of other topics.  The products that they carry range from juicers and grain mills to seed sprouters and blenders. For my review, I received the Yolife Yogurt Maker shown above.

I have made my own yogurt before.  It isn’t too hard to do and it is significantly cheaper than buying all those millions of little cups at the store.  Especially since I like to buy organic yogurt!  Those things are pricey!  The other problem with buying tons of little premade yogurt cups is then you have to figure out what to do with the empty cups!  They are rarely recyclable and my art closet can only hold so many!  By making your own you can save a lot of money and reduce your trash output!

The problem I always run into when making my homemade yogurt is finding someplace warm enough to incubate it.  I have tried putting it on the dryer, turning my oven on low, or sticking it in front of the heating vent but I feel a little odd incubating my yogurt in the laundry room!  The Yolife yogurt maker provides a nice warm home for my yogurt while it grows!

So, how easy is this machine?  VERY!  I did have to try it out a couple times to get the right amount of culture and incubation time but you are working with a living organism so there are variables to work out!  Here is a quick picture rundown of the process:
 Wash the jars in hot soapy water.  I threw mine in the dishwasher and air dried.
Dissolve one packet of the starter in a couple tablespoons of room temperature milk.  To get a thicker consistency in a shorter time you can use 2 packets of starter of add a couple tablespoons of plain yogurt (one with active cultures…most good quality yogurt will do fine) Add this solution to 1 liter of milk.  Cold milk will do just fine, it will just take a little longer to incubate. No need to scald the milk like I used to do! Mix gently but thoroughly to combine the starter with the milk.
Put the jars in the machine without the lids. (small jars come with it or you can use larger jars you have at home.  The machine comes with a short and tall lid to accommodate both) Fill with the milk/starter mixture.  For flavored yogurt, put a good sized spoon full of preserves in the bottom first. 
Put the lid on and plug it in.  Leave it anywhere from 9 to 15 hours or so.  You can check the consistency occasionally but don’t let the condensation from the lid drip into your yogurt.  I left mine 15 hours and it was perfect.  Some separation is normal (the yellowish whey on the top).  Either pour it off or mix it in.  If you have issues with high blood sugar or are lactose intolerant, you can leave it longer to allow the bacteria to consume more of the milk sugars.
Here is the final product! After the incubation is done, put the lid on loosely and chill for a couple of hours. I chose blueberry preserves.  I absolutely LOVE the yogurt…you can’t get more active probiotics than in freshly made yogurt!  And cleanup is a cinch…just wipe with a damp cloth if you had any spills.  That is it! 
So, my opinion: AWESOME!  I love this machine! Making homemade yogurt is so easy and I save money and provide a healthy snack/breakfast/treat for my family!  
My thanks to Tribest for allowing me to review this product!
The Giveaway: Tribest has given me permission to give one of my readers a Yolife Yogurt Machine of their own. Follow the entry methods listed below, one entry per method chosen unless otherwise stated.  Leave a separate comment for each entry. You must be 18 and older and a continental US resident to win.  Please make sure your email address is in your profile or in your comment so I can find you. Contest is open until midnight on  29, 2010  and the winner will be chosen using Random.org.
Mandatory Entry:
To be eligible for the giveaway, you MUST email me the following information in order to be added to the Tribest mailing list.  If you choose to unsubscribe after the giveaway you can contact them and be removed. Please put the subject line ‘yolife’ so I know you are entering the giveaway!
I need: First and Last Name, mailing address (city, state, zip) and email address
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Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received one Yolife machine in exchange for my honest review.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

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