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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Almost Paleo, Dairy-Free Muesli

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I LOVE Muesli… there, I said it. When our family went grain-free/paleo it was one thing I really, really missed. I recently came up with this paleo-ish (I say ish because my cereal has some buckwheat in it) version of one of my all-time favorite breakfasts and I hope you enjoy it as much as… 

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Red Potatoes and Green Beans in Sage Sour Cream Sauce

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Red potatoes are the star of this cultured side dish. This recipe can also be adjusted to make a chilled potato salad with a pickled bean kick!

Fermenting with Friends

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  Last week, I was talking with my friend April about fermenting my yearly batch of dill pickles. She immediately got excited. “Come over to my house, let’s make them together!” she said excitedly. “You can teach me how to do it!”

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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