Aug 10, 2005

Product Review - Salton 1-Quart Yogurt Maker

About two years ago, I decided that I was eating enough yogurt that it would be healthier and more economical to make my own, so I bought a Salton 1-Quart Yogurt Maker. It worked as it was supposed to, but I still ended up donating it to Goodwill about eight months ago.

In order to make yogurt, you have to bring milk and powdered milk to a certain temperature, cool it to a certain temperature (I can't remember the numbers), strain it into the provided container (optional), add starter yogurt, and incubate the mixture for 6 to 10 hours. After a few months of repeating this process, I got tired of it. For one thing, it was a pain to heat and cool the milk. I kept dropping my thermometer into the saucepan, and the cooling process was either long (if I just left the milk on the counter) or tricky (if I submerged the saucepan into ice water to cool it faster, I had a tendency to splash water into the milk). For another thing, I really needed a 10-hour incubation because I prefer thicker yogurt, but it was hard to find a convenient 10-hour block. The consistency always came out slightly different, too.

In the end, I just threw my hands up in the air and decided that it was more economical - in terms of time and mental health, at least - to buy yogurt at Trader Joe's. But making my own yogurt with this inexpensive appliance (about $18 on Amazon) wasn't difficult. I might even give it a try again sometime.

1 comment:

andreas.wpv said...

Hm. I did use a very inexpensive yoghurt maker with a timer in Germany. Just heat up the milk to lukewarm, pour it into the container (1 l) with about 2 teaspoons of plain yoghurt. Next morning I had fresh yoghurt, after 3 - 4 hours in the fridge it's been perfect.