Salton 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.

Subject: Household Tools and EquipmentFood ProcessingHousehold Tools and Equipmentkitchen


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1982.3005.01Nonaccession Number: 1982.3005Catalog Number: 1982.3005.01

Object Name: Maker, Yogurtmaker, yogurt

Physical Description: plastic (base; cover material)glass (containers material)


Record Id: nmah_318850

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