Homemade yoghurt, a blast from the past.

When our kids were little I used to make yoghurt as we consumed a fair amount.  It was cheaper to make your own than to buy the commercial yoghurt.

We bought a Decor Dairyo way back in 1983

Decor Dairy Delights

and it was used regularly until the thermometer was dropped by me!  We had some difficulty in getting a replacement thermometer even though the instructions in the back cover said it was possible to obtain replacements.

replacement parts

We had to go with a candy thermometer and that seemed to do the job ok.

Now that it is just my husband and I at home we don’t consume as much yoghurt and I had got out of the way of making my own.  After my elder daughter had borrowed the Decor Kit to make yoghurt for her family I thought I would give it a try again.  The Decor Dairyo is now back with us and today I made my first batch of yoghurt for a few years.

how to make yoghurt

I had forgotten how easy it is to do.  Added to the ease is the fact that we now own a digital thermometer so we can get an accurate reading of the temperature when heating and cooling the milk.

digital thermometer
The table of contents shows you the other dairy treats you can make using the Decor Dairyo.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen checking to see if you could still buy this item I found that it is no longer made.  I guess that makes ours an heirloom!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou may be able to find one at an op shop.

13 thoughts on “Homemade yoghurt, a blast from the past.

  1. It has never occurred to me to make my own yoghurt but I like the look of your machine. I have the feeling that your house is full of valuable bits and pieces purchased and kept nicely over the years. Great to see the yoghurt machine is still in working order.

  2. I am so happy to see this. I have one. I bought it when I was 16 years old for I loved the idea of self-sufficiency (hippy parents). I have been using it for all these years on and off. I am now on an island in the Mediterranean where I can’t get soured cream (not part of the local culture) so I make my own. I have looked to purchase a similar one for my brother but they all seem to be electric these days. How stupid. This is basic and it is all one needs. I am sure if they re-launch this it will be a good seller since it is perfect.

    • I agree. You certainly can’t buy them now and I am sure they would find a ready market if they relaunched it. You can sometimes find one in thrift stores.

  3. Thank you very much for posting this. It is really appreciated. I have the same yoghurt maker but as it is a 1980’s product, have long lost the instructions. Just have to buy a thermometer……. thanks again

  4. Hello,
    Thanks for this post. I haven’t used my Dairyo for 25 years. My husband says we got if for a wedding present but I thought I owned it before I was married. I dont have the booklet, well I thought it would be easier to google than look for it! So I was really pleasantly surprised to find this. Now I have officially started my 20thrifteen frugal living. I am waiting for the milk to cool. I am using the original thermometer and also a digital one and they are both reading the same. I can’t wait to taste my first batch in 25 years.
    Regards Kathy20thrifteen

    • I hope you enjoyed your first batch and continue to make many more. Occasionally I would have a failure because I didn’t get the temperature right or used the wrong type of yoghurt as my new starter but nine times out of ten the batches were successful. Glad you enjoyed my post.

  5. Yes I have had the decor dairyo yoghurt maker since 1983, it is all in tact and used here all the time…I love making my own yoghurt as I know exactly what goes into it and love the taste.. And so easy to use…

    • Now there is only the two of us at home I no longer use the yoghurt maker but my younger daughter has it now.
      Great to hear that you are still using yours. I wonder why Decor or some other company doesn’t make the kit now? Most yoghurt making kits now you have to buy sachets of powder.

  6. Mum and I were making yogurt back in the 60s. Used to wrap the jar in towels and keep it in a warm place until it set. Wonder we didn’t make ourselves ill – but it worked. Then Mum bought a dairyo – must have been in the late 60s – and its been in use ever since. I’ve still got it and its original box, book and thermometer. Now trying to get one for my daughter in law – anyone got a spare?

    • I am surprised that the Dairyo flask is no longer produced as I continue to use mine today. I think it would cerrtainly be a seller in the market today. Maybe you would be able to find one on Gumtree or ebay or keep an eye out in the op shops. The yoghurt makers nowadays all seem to require powders of some sort.
      Glad to hear that you still use your Dairyo too.
      Heather

  7. Hi Gippsland Granny,

    I just bought this exact one this morning from a second hand store. However there is no thermometer. I’ve been borrowing a friends yoghurt maker which doesn’t require thermometer. Her one is a more recent version and you simply use the store yoghurt mix sachets and add water and then fill up half way round the inner yoghurt container with hot water? Do you think this one would work if I just popped the yoghurt mix available in the grocery store and added water and then filled up round the outside with boiling water? I’m trying it now and will see. But if it doesn’t work how do you use the thermometer?

    Million thanks for any advice you may have.
    Michelle

    • The thermometer is for testing the temperature of the milk as it is critical when you add your spoonful of yoghurt to start the process of the new batch.
      I wouldn’t put water in the actual flask as it is for keeping the yoghurt batch at a set temperature.
      Hope this is of some help to you.
      Heather

      • Thanks Heather! The article is really helpful. I’m going to get a thermometer and try doing it that way. Many thanks

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