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Solait yogurt maker

i recently came across one of these but don't know exactly what to do with it. it's just 2 pieces of plastic that hold a jar, unless i'm missing something. i'd like to make yogurt and other cultured foods, can anyone point me in the right directions.

thanks!

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    1. If you already have it in your posession, you might as well give it a try! However, you don't need a yoghurt maker to make yoghurt. In fact, you don't need anything except a pot and a ceramic bowl (in my case, I used corning-ware) and some tea towels! I have made yoghurt by scalding milk on the stove top and then putting in some older (but still fresh-ish) yoghurt that contains active bacterial cultures as a starter. I cover the bowl with the lid and wrapped a bunch of tea towels on it and stashed it in my warm-ish oven (like I was proofing bread) and voila! Yoghurt!

    2. I have a solait yogurt maker along with the complete instructions. I use mine all the time. It also makes other cultured foods as well. I am looking for a second one but haven't found it yet. I do not have a scanner program on my computer yet, so I cannot email the instructions to you. If you are still in need of all the instructions, you can email me at figmar@juno.com. I would be more than happy to mail them to you. There are several pages. Hope you haven't gotten rid of that Solait. M.A. Gifford

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      1. re: mary ann gifford

        Hi,
        I have been cleaning out my garage and ran across my old Solait Kitchen Diary "thing" (never used it). Can this be used without using the Solait brand "starter"? I don't think the company is around anymore.....and I'm lost as to how I can make creme fraich, etc. I'm not sure have my directions, either. Thanks! Ron Phillips, Hayward, CA

        1. re: rkphillips

          Hi Ron,
          If you have the old Solait yogurt maker (looks like a white insulated plastic thing that comes apart in the middle and has a jar inside) you can use any natural/live yogurt culture as a starter. Don't know about creme fraich... If you don't want the yogurt maker, I'll love to take it off your hands. Thanks. Joanie

        2. re: mary ann gifford

          I know this is an old post, but I would like to obtain the instructions for the solait yogurt maker. Just found mine stuffed in the back of the pantry and would like to use it again!

          1. re: Davidhomemaker

            Am happy to send you copy of Solait booklet. I am still looking for replacement jar or even whole unit if you hear of anyone willing to sell one.

            1. re: brianknowles

              Someone in a different thread posted these links for jars:

              For all of you looking for jars, I found ones that fit on line. Unfortunately, you have to buy a case of 12. Here is a link to some jars:

              http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S...

              These were cheaper than what I got...

              I got my jars here, but the tops had a liner that I had to remove. Probably why mine were more expensive!

              http://www.coleparmer.com/Product/Kim...

              Good luck.

              1. re: brianknowles

                Hi there-I bought a case of jars because I wanted to be able to make more than one batch at a time. Turns out the jars are a very handy size for lots of stuff. I also made myself another yogurt maker with insulated material and duct tape so I can make two batches at once. Anyway, I suppose I could sell you one if you want - seems silly because the jars only cost a couple bucks a piece, but the shipping brought it up to about $4 and by the time I package it up and pay for the shipping to you, I have no idea what one would cost. I don't even know what to say.

                1. re: brianknowles

                  Could you send me a copy to my email address? It is DARWIN21128@YAHOO.COM. Thanks!
                  David

                  1. re: Davidhomemaker

                    My obliging husband who is more computer savvy than me will scan and send relevant pages. If you do need more pls let me know.... There must be a whole un wanted unit out there somewhere! I do have a jar that does work but would still love to have the original one... Glad to help. Best Wishes from England on the North Norfolk Coast. Carol Knowles

                    1. re: brianknowles

                      We hope you'll share that information directly in this discussion if you can. A tip sent only in email helps just that person, but sharing it here will help everyone who is reading along or searching for this info. Posting a photo of the directions here would be a great help to many. Thanks!

                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        Very difficult I am afraid and the file we created doesn't seem to want to be forwarded on to your site. Can only offer to E Mail it individually to anyone else who wants it… Carol K

                        1. re: brianknowles

                          I also have an old Solait Yogurt Maker and would love to have the instructions. How do I contact you, Carol?
                          eileen

                          1. re: ehutchinson

                            It is difficult to send over this forum but if you reply with your email address we will forward the instructions to you

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              1. Where did you buy your Solait Yogurt Maker? I want to buy another one but I can't find any place that sells them.

                You can use any yogurt starter in powdered form or just use 1/4 cup yogurt. If you want a different tasting end product, use thined sour cream or sreme fraiche as your starter.

                1. I am new to this website and noticed that some of you are looking (or were looking) for a Solait Yougut Maker. Any luck? I'm also looking for one.
                  Does anyone know where can I buy one? All I have left from the one I used to have is the glass jar.
                  Any information would be highly appreciated.
                  Thanks,
                  Eli

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                  1. re: eli2910

                    I used to have a Solait that I used quite often. For yogurt I put it on a heating pad, but the idea is that if it is the right temp to begin with, the wall of the "holder" will maintain the right temp. I must still have it around somewhere, though I replaced it years ago with an electric one. The Solait is a perfect example of simple manufacturing.

                    1. re: Jane917

                      Hi.

                      My sister has seen them for sale in junk sales and the like in Montana. I have one, but I put really hot water in the "holder" to heat it up. DON'T do that. It got ruined because it partly melted or expaned or whatever. I can still use it, but since the holder has expanded a bit, it is hard to get the jar in and out.

                      They are great because the heat of the milk, remember you do have to heat your milk a bit for yogurt) will make the yogurt or any other kind of "cheese" that you can make with a Solait. I just love mine and have made many different kinds of cheese:: sour cream, cream fresh, etc. etc. All you need is the proper "starter". You don't have to buy starter, really, ...I mean just the starter. If you like buttermilk, for example, just keep a bit of buttermilk aside to make a new batch. Also, this is something I found out, the starter for buttermilk is the same for cream fresh, so if you use cream instead of milk and then use the buttermilk starter, you will get cream fresh.

                      I would love to get a new Solait, but I can't find one here in Japan, where I am located..... Go to junk sales or go through junk shops. You might find one.

                      Cheers!

                      Pam

                    2. re: eli2910

                      This is a very long shot! We have the Solait holder but have broken the jar. Do you still have your jar or any tips to pass on as to where to get one? Thanks
                      Brian

                      1. re: brianknowles

                        Hi. I still have the container and the jar.

                        My container is a little wonky because I poured hot water in it once to warm it up. Don't do that!! I have the cookbook too.

                        I have no tips where to find a jar except you might be able to fit in a mason jar. Take the container to the supermarket and see if a mason jar fits. As long as it fits you can use it. The hight is not so important.

                        I have been looking for a replacement to the container. l love it. Even if my container is a bit wonky, I still can use it and it makes great yogurt or anything like that.

                        ....if you want to get rid of your container..... I'll buy it!
                        :-)
                        Pamela

                        1. re: Pammellam

                          Thank you very much for replying..I bought my Solait Yoghurt maker many years ago in San Francisco and was sad when Solait went out of business. And even more sad when I stupidly smashed my jar. I have carried the container all over on our travels - Switzerland, France and Italy - trying to find one that will fit but to no avail. I manage with something that is ALMOST right but long to find the proper one. So, no, I don't want to part with my container! And if you should by any chance find a jar I would be so grateful if you would let me know. We have friends in several places in your very lovely country and I could arrange to have it sent to me (or brought to me).
                          Warm regards and please keep me in mind...
                          Caro Knowles in England

                          1. re: brianknowles

                            Hi,

                            For all of you looking for jars, I found ones that fit on line. Unfortunately, you have to buy a case of 12. Here is a link to some jars:

                            http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S...

                            These were cheaper than what I got...

                            I got my jars here, but the tops had a liner that I had to remove. Probably why mine were more expensive!

                            http://www.coleparmer.com/Product/Kim...

                            Good luck.

                            1. re: FeWill

                              Are the jars you recommend, but didn't buy, are they the same size? Are you sure?

                              1. re: Pammellam

                                I can't guarantee they are. What I would say from my research is that it is about the lid size, which I believe both of these sites' info says they are the same. The ones that I purchased were much more expensive and I had to remove the liner on the top of the lid. But other than that, I love having extra jars as I can have different yogurts going and always have a clean jar to make another batch.

                                You will just need to do your own research to get comfortable with the product. Sorry I can't help you more. Good luck.

                                1. re: FeWill

                                  Thanks. Finding these jars is a great set forward.

                            2. re: brianknowles

                              Here in the US, I used a large jar that I had bought filled with grape leaves for stuffing.

                              1. re: brianknowles

                                Hello Caro

                                Well, I had to try! I once found a glass jar that was almost exactly the same size of the original container but I don't know what I've done with it. I will keep my eye out for you.

                                What is it about this wonderful appliance? Everyone who has one loves it and wants to hang on to it. In many ways, it's beautiful and simple lines are perfect.

                                Do you have the cookbook? I use mine often. If you ever find the outside white shells without a jar, let me know and I'll buy that!

                                Pamela in Japan

                                1. re: brianknowles

                                  I don't know if you saw this. Someone found jars that might fit. But you have to buy 12.

                                  http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S...