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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Cold Borscht with Kefir

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There is a hot borscht soup originating from Europe that contains beets as well as hearty chunks of beef and beef bone broth. It is often served topped with sour cream and dill. This cold borscht, perhaps of Lithuanian origin, is less well known in North America, but has many of the same lovely colors… 

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Chocolate White Russian Kefir Pudding Shots

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From the Editor: Please welcome Eve, CFH Customer Support Representative and Cultured Kitchen Keeper.

Ricotta Salata With Jerrilynn

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A couple of weeks ago I was blessed, once again, to make cheese with one of CFH’s most fabulous CSRs, Jerrilynn. Jerri and I have been friends for a long time and really enjoy making cheese together. We got our hands on a CFH Italian cheese kit and decided to try one of my husband’s… 

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Weekly Recap

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