Yogurt Maker

Electric yogurt makers have been used in the United States since the early 1970’s, having come into production and use as a result of the increased yogurt consumption in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Increased American visitation to Europe and exposure to yogurt’s widespread consumption there, combined with the period’s alternative food movements, the rejection, by many, of mainstream, industrial food, and the new back-to-the-land/do-it-yourself movements resulted in a new interest in yogurt, among other once “exotic” foods.
The 1960’s saw the introduction of many foods. Before many of the ingredients common to the new and “healthier” foods became mass produced and common in grocery stores, as many did in the 1980’s, aficionados would make their own yogurt and bean sprouts. While many made their yogurt, using milk and yogurt cultures, in glass or ceramic containers, many took to the new small appliances that produced enough yogurt for a week’s worth of consumption. This Salton Corporation machine, c. 1974, was among the most ubiquitous in households through the 1990’s. The machine’s popularity declined, however, as commercial brands of yogurt became more widely available, though several brands of electric yogurt makers are available in 2012 and some still prefer to make their own.
Object Name
yogurt maker
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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