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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Weekly Cultured Gathering: March 29

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What’s New at CFH: Save 10% on Cheesemaking Supplies

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Every week we’re going to bring you the best of the week in posts from right here at the CFH blog, news you can use from the CFH site, and new recipes and products you might be interested in. This week you can save 10% on Cheesemaking Supplies and don’t forget to check out three… 

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Bringing My (1.5 year old) Kombucha SCOBY Back to Life

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I had a SCOBY sitting in some old kombucha on my counter top for about a year and a half. I know, that’s crazy, right? Next to that jar sat a jar of fermented squash pickles just as old which I did, in fact, throw to the chickens. But they looked perfectly viable, minus the… 

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Apple Spice Yogurt Bread

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Adding sweet spices and apples to a basic bread transforms it into a treat for brunch or even dessert.