Incubating Yogurt: The Hot Water Pot Method

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There are many ways to incubate yogurt. Many prefer the simplicity of an electric yogurt incubator which allows you to start it and forget it. Others enjoy the many do-it-yourself methods of making yogurt, even if they aren’t as sure of a thing.

Over the years I have made yogurt using many methods, but never have I ventured into using the electric incubators. This is for no particular reason other than perhaps a bit of an independent streak when it came to the need for electricity. Now that we’re off-grid, that choice is already made for me.

But here in Central Texas weather is wild and unpredictable and our young homestead is no match with an uninsulated kitchen. So when I came upon a simple yogurt-making method involving a pot on top of the stove I decided I might be able to use this method. A glut of goat milk all in one day sealed the deal.

And this was my first successful batch of thermophilic yogurt I’ve made since moving off-grid! Here’s how I did it.

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A Closer Look: Greek Yogurt Starter

Bowl of Greek Yogurt

“One of the HUGE advantages this has is that as long as you re-culture yogurt every 7 days you never have to buy another start! This start works fantastically well, and when paired with a strainer it makes some delightfully thick yogurt. Almost sour cream consistency if I let it strain long enough.” -Chris Today… 

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Traditional Mozzarella With Jerrilynn and Stacie!

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A couple weeks ago, I posted about the fabulous, fun day when CFH’s own Jerrilynn and I got together to make cheese. Along with the delicious cottage cheese (it was gone in two days,) we made traditional mozzarella.

Weekly Recap & Cultured Gathering

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It’s time for the weekly recap as well as your opportunity to share links for the Cultured Gathering.

The Quickest Path to Kefir Cheese

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I make kefir cheese regularly as a cultured alternative to cream cheese. It’s savory with dill and garlic, sweet with fruit and honey, and creamy and tangy any way you slice it. I’m also a bit of a space cadet so I often leave the kefir to culture a bit too long. I recently did… 

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