I took the plunge about a week ago and ordered a yoghurt machine from Amazon.fr. Since yoghurts are popular in France there’s a much better choice of models (and prices) on French sites than on their Irish or UK counterparts.
In the end I opted for a SEB YG654827, which is multi-function machine that can do yoghurts, fromage frais and dairy based desserts.
The machine comes with a book of instructions as well as a set of recipes.
Before using it I had to put an Irish plug on it, as it came with a continental style one, which obviously didn’t fit into any of my sockets.
Making the yoghurts themselves is pretty easy. You simply mix a bought yoghurt with whole milk (ie. not low fat or skimmed), pour the mix into the jars and turn on the machine for the appropriate preparation time. In my case the first batch needed 8 hours.
I’m currently waiting to see how the first batch turned out. I’m using my mother’s home made jam to add a bit of flavour to plain yoghurts.. I guess I’ll find out tonight how they turned out