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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Cream Cheese Experiments

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Well, it happens to all small farmers at some point or another, and we all deal with it in different ways. That’s right, my friends. I am out of milk jars. As I said, we all grieve in our own way. But today, I’m turning my pain into joy by making sweet, delicious cream cheese…. 

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Cultures for Health in The Washington Post & Your Comments

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Cultures for Health was featured in part of an article at The Washington Post this week.  The article is called, “DIY yogurt beats the store-bought stuff” and is our contribution this week to The Cultured Gathering.  How about you?  What have you been up to this week?

What’s New at CFH: Save 20% on Kefir Starters & More New Recipes

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As we head toward the end of the week don’t miss out on the current sale.  Also, some delicious recipes, butter making, and much more round out this week’s recap.

Butter Magic, Part 2: Large Batch Butter Making

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Today we are going to talk about making butter in larger quantities. The jar method is fantastic for making a quarter to half a pound of butter. It’s my favorite way to make butter for a special dinner, or if I’m in a hurry and don’t want to wash my food processor. However, if I… 

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