I love yogurt, plain yogurt, not the sickly sweet kinds with fruit or flavored. I love a little tang and the purity of freshly made yogurt and the Greek yogurt in the grocery store can be very nice tasting, although you have to be careful to avoid milk from cows that have been given growth hormone.

I have used goat milk bought at the grocery store and lately have been using whole cow’s milk from local cows that is non-homogenized and low pasteurized (and no growth hormone). You don’t need a yogurt maker, but they are inexpensive and super easy to use. Here is a basic recipe. Some recipes use dried milk to thicken the yogurt, but I find that I don’t need that with the whole cow’s milk I am using.

Yogurt using the quart Salton yogurt maker

1 quart of milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt

Plug in the Salton yogurt maker.

Put the milk in a pot and heat to just under boiling. I use a medium-high heat and stir often to avoid scorched milk in the pot bottom. Use a thermometer periodically held slightly above the bottom of the pot and bring the temperature up to around 180-190 degrees F.

Remove from heat and allow milk to cool down to around 100-110 degrees F. Remove any skin that has formed on the milk. Add the 1/4 – 1/2 cup of plain yogurt as a starter and gently stir into the milk. This can be plain yogurt from the grocery store or yogurt from your last batch.

Pour the milk into the Salton inner container, put on the lid and place in the yogurt maker. Place the second lid on the maker and leave for 10 hours. Remove from the maker and put in the fridge. This recipe results in a thick, Greek style yogurt with no need to further strain or thicken it. Enjoy.

Milk heating up

Milk heating up

Salton yogurt maker inner and outer components

Salton yogurt maker inner and outer components

10-hours to go

10-hours to go


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14 Comments on Making yogurt with a Salton yogurt maker

  1. Clive says:

    I used to make great yoghurt when I was in Saudi, using Nido dried milk powder.

  2. Orlando Martinez says:

    excellent results, delicious yogur, money saver

  3. kathy gaiser says:

    Can you use almond milk to make the yogurt?

  4. Virgil says:

    Technically, yogurt is a dairy product, so anything made from almond milk would not be yogurt. But, I have seen recipes on the Internet that you can make a substitute “yogurt” from almond milk. I have never tried it.

  5. Mike says:

    I have a really old 70’s salton with the glass cups and cheese maker stand. I don’t know what i was thinking last night when i was making my batch up but I made twice as much as I needed.

    i didn’t want to waste it so i just poured the left over in a very large cup I have, it;s kind of a novelty thing but is functional, form a small town gas station. its a gigantic coffee mug with a lid.

    anyway. i put the rest in the salton and went to bed. when I checked on it the right time it was done as usual so I thought, well, I will put all this into one carton with a lid and put it in the fridge to set up and then pour the second batch and i will have two. No waste!

    so i got the giant coffee mug and popped the lid to refil all the glass cups and guess what! yeah. the coffee cup made yogurt, it was already done. it was also better tasting and thicker. I don’t know what the hecks going on wit that but next time I am going to try it again.

    freaking amazing really. i am 48. my mom used this salton since i was 7 years old and then gave it to me when I was 30 and I have been using it all this time. and just now I find out that it could have been done in a big thermal coffee cup. LOL

  6. Dennis King says:

    What do the numbers indicate on the top cover dial of the 1 quart model?

  7. Virgil says:

    Hi Dennis, thanks for your comment. All the dial is is to remind you of how many hours you want to leave the yogurt maker on. It is not a timer, so actually not that useful as you have to keep track of the time on your own.

  8. Dennis King says:

    Thank you Virgil. Mystery solved!

  9. Linda says:

    I’ve seen some recipes that call for 1 envelope of plain Knox gelatin. Does that help in thickening the yogurt?

  10. Virgil says:

    This I am not sure about. It seems like gelatin would thicken it up.

  11. Lyn Bishop says:

    How do I make Greek yogurt using my Salton yogurt maker?

  12. HK says:

    Hi, I accidentally left the yogurt in the yogurt maker machine for 14 hours (instead of 10 hours per instructions). Is it ok to eat and can I use this as a starter batch for next time?

  13. HK says:

    Update regarding leaving yogurt in machine for 14 hours… The yogurt texture turned out watery (runny) yet edible and safe to eat (drink). Hey, I think I discovered how to make yogurt drink!! πŸ™‚

  14. AMS says:

    Thank you! I found your images by searching images for Salton, and this is the one I have. I’ve long since lost the directions. Going to make it tonight. Thanks so much!!

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