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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What’s New at CFH: Save 25% on Sourdough Starter & 3 New Articles

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This week you can save 25% on Sourdough Starter.  We also have some new recipes including Lacto-fermented Peach Salsa and Banana Pecan Buttermilk Pancakes!

The Flavor of Vegetable Ferments: Young vs. Aged

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When I first started making vegetable ferments I followed the sage 3 days at room temperature advice. By that time they were most likely bubbling so they were fermented, right? So I’d pop them in the fridge and we’d start eating them straight away. There were other batches that went straight into the fridge for… 

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Mac ‘n’ Four Cheese

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Four different cheeses come together to transform this traditional family favorite into a gourmet treat for all ages.

Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese)

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It looks easy enough! It takes a gallon of milk, some citric acid, and oh yeah, some patience…  Here is how I made Paneer, also known as Indian cottage cheese.