Making Yogurt with an Electricity-Free Yogurt Maker Older Than Me

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It’s no secret in my community that fermented foods are something I get excited about. I often bring ferments to gatherings and hand them out to neighbors at regular and irregular intervals. I’ve also been known to offer up fermented carrots to visitors who ask if I dabble in homemade yogurt. That’s how I learned that while some are familiar with homemade yogurt, that doesn’t mean fermented carrots are up their alley.

So when my neighbor asked if I was interested in using his yogurt maker (he wasn’t utilizing it) I jumped at the opportunity. He very generously gave it to us and I hope to return the favor with batches of creamy homemade goat yogurt. My first batch of raw milk yogurt didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, but I’m not easily deterred by rogue batches of yogurt; it’s happened before.

Instead, I was interested in the history of this yogurt maker, and the fact that I could incubate thermophilic yogurt without electricity.

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Pickled Onions

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Pickled onions are one of those foods that was once preserved (or pickled) using the traditional method of lacto-fermentation. The natural lactic acid produced in the fermentation process produces that acidic pickled effect. Pickled onions are more commonly preserved in vinegar today. Instead of being full of raw enzymatic action as they are when they… 

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Culturing Courage

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I hear all the time from people who are nervous about getting started culturing. We live in a very germ-phobic society where hand sanitizer is everywhere and the news regularly reports outbreaks of foodborne illness or tainted food recalls. For those who have worked in food service, the image of the thermometer proclaiming “Danger Zone”… 

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A Closer Look: CapraMilk – Powdered Goat Milk

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“I have a cow’s milk allergy, and we live far away from any goat’s milk dairies, so making my own milk kefir or cheeses has only been a dream. Until I found CapraMilk! Works just like powdered skim milk, but is much creamier – and healthier. I finally made ricotta (using products from CFH) and… 

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Weekly Recap – October 25th Edition

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It’s time for the weekly recap.  Leave your favorite links or ideas in the comments below!