Dair-y I try?

Green Living, Headlines — By on December 12, 2010 9:47 PM

 

I’ve always been interested in the idea of making things from scratch.  That’s why I am an avid canner and I also make my own soap, candles, body scrubs, spice combinations for cooking, and tea, among other things.  But what about really getting into that way of living. How freeing.  For instance, making your own butter, yogurt or cheese.  I hear it’s not that hard and what a wonderful thing to have in your repertoire.  You would know all the ingredients in your concoction.  You could make it completely organic.  You could go as far as buying your own cow, goat or sheep to make your own organic, fresh, and very local products.  My boyfriend grew up doing just that with his family.  What a wonderful way to learn about life and treasure all that animals offer.  Miriam, who writes for this magazine, is another person I know that has been moving in this beautiful direction of living.  She makes her own Kombucha Tea (fermented tea- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha) and yogurt.  So I have decided that I am going to try it for myself. 

I have decided I will start with yogurt, as Miriam assured me that it is very simple!  Where to begin?  With just a quick “google” of “making yogurt” I find a plethora of websites dedicated to informing the interested party about how to make yogurt.   I’m reading the first website on my browser list and I already like some of the reasons listed for why one should pursue this new adventure:

  • It tastes better
  • It’s better for you (no preservatives, sugar or chemicals added)
  • It’s less expensive
  • There’s no packaging waste

Great reasons, no?  Okay, you had me at “tastes better!”  What’s the next step?  How do you even begin making yogurt?  Do I need to buy a goat or something?  Okay, okay…no goat needed.  You pretty much heat up milk, then let it cool down, then add yogurt or a freeze dried culture, then jar, then keep warm to incubate the bacteria, then put in fridge and eat!   But don’t take my word for it.  Go online and see for yourself.  Here are some websites that seem to know what they are talking about:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Yogurt

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/cheese/yogurt_making/yogurt2000.htm

http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/nchfp/factsheets/yogurt.html

I will work on this over the holidays and let you know next issue how it all went.  So check out “Green Living” next issue and I will tell you the do’s and don’ts of this process.  And of course- how it tastes!

And just for fun, here is a website that sells all the old equipment for making butter, cheese, etc.  It even sells yogurt cultures.  www.lehmans.com

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