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 Cultured Food Book for Every Fermenter

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I began my fermentation journey around seven years ago with a new baby and the book Nourishing Traditions. That is when I slowly accepted that I could, in fact, put food on a counter top – not a refrigerator – and let it go through a natural process that would benefit my health. Since then,… 

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Easy Homemade Italian Sausage with Kombucha

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Ingredients: 2 pounds fresh ground pork (up to 1/4 pound of additional pork fat can be added to the mix for more moistness, if desired) 1/4 cup extra-sour kombucha 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 tablespoon dried parsley 2 bay leaves 6 whole peppercorns 2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced (depending on your affinity for garlic)… 

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My Kids’ Favorite Frozen Cultured Treats

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From the Editor: Please welcome Julie Feickert, Cultures for Health Founder and Cultured Kitchen Keeper. Our kids are pretty restricted on what they are able to eat. I’ve learned over the last few years that two of my best investments have been an electric ice cream maker (the frozen bowl is kept in the freezer)… 

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The Folding Sourdough Proofer

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From the Editor: Please welcome Anita, CFH Customer Support Representative and Cultured Kitchen Keeper. I remember the day the Folding Proofer by Brod & Taylor arrived. It was so hot and humid on this Cape Cod summer day that we lost one of our chickens to heat stroke. At our house the chickens are pets… 

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