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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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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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” is permanently etched in memory.

So how can you make the leap from over caution about food to leaving a jar of cabbage on the counter for 3 weeks? Or perhaps even leaving milk out for 48 hours!… 

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Sarah

Sarah

I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. “I wonder” is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous! I love to learn and share what I’ve discovered.

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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 it was delicious! Even my picky hubby loved it. Thank you so much for offering an alternative for people like me.” -Honeytiger3m

Today we are going to take a closer look at CapraMilk.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Grain-Free Pancakes with Cultured Dairy

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These pancakes have a tendency to get dark rather quickly, so it helps to cook on a lower heat than normal. If are using unblanched almond flour, soak the almond flour overnight in the cultured dairy and add the remaining ingredients in the morning.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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