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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A Closer Look: Small Ceramic Fermentation Weight

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These fit beautifully inside a wide mouth quart mason jar. Because of the way they fit snugly under the curve in the jar, they kept the vegetables in place and under the brine perfectly… ~Bear Today we are going to take a closer look at the Small Ceramic Fermentation Weight.

Weekly Recap & Cultured Gathering

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It’s time for the weekly recap as well as your opportunity to share links for the Cultured Gathering.

What’s New at CFH: Save 20% on Kefir Starter & 4 New Recipes

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This week you can save 20% on Kefir Starter.  We also have some new recipes including a yogurt fruit dip and a peanut butter sour cream smoothie!

Choosing Milk for Culturing

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Back before I began culturing frequently, I bought milk without much thought. I tried to get organic when it became available, sought out local dairies and looked for a good price. When I began to use dairy in culturing when I received milk kefir grains from a friend, I learned there was a lot more… 

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