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Yogurt Everyday

grass-fed-butterTraditional fats like eggs, butter and lard are sometimes given a bad rap.  However, these saturated fats are necessary for healthy bodies to grow and thrive.

The idea that saturated fat causes high cholesterol has been proven to be false.  This is very good news for people like me who love butter and whole milk yogurt.

Some of the very foods that nourished our ancestors are coming back into style.  One of the most popular foods recently is Coconut oil.  We love coconut oil!  I keep finding great ways to use coconut oil like coconut oil fudge and homemade mayo.

Healthy unprocessed fats, like egg yolks, cod liver oil, red palm oil, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed butter are nutritious and should be a part of your life. [Read More]

Getting Started With Water Kefir

in Kefir Recipes

Water Kefir GrainsHave you ever considered making your own kefir soda?

When I first learned about water kefir, it seemed too good to be true.  I would have that making your own healthy carbonated soda would be a lot of work or involve specially supplies and machinery.  You can actually buy water kefir grains, add them to water along with sugar and ingredients like ginger and lemon and make your own fizzy probiotic soda.

So, I am writing this post to give you an idea of what all is involved when using kefir grains at home to make your own soda, and to let you know it’s actually not very hard, and even a little fun! [Read More]

3 Ingredient Frozen Yogurt

in Frozen Yogurt Recipes

It’s summertime and we’ve been making lots of frozen yogurt. The grocery store ice cream section is awfully tempting with their array of Popsicles and ice creams, but we’ve found a healthier alternative.

Our homemade frozen yogurt has probiotics in it.  It also contains less sugar and doesn’t contain any artificial coloring, preservatives or other weird stuff.

So, if you want to try it, just skip the ice cream section and go to the frozen fruit section.  Get some frozen blueberries, raspberries, cherries or whatever suits your fancy. [Read More]

Lacto-Fermented Applesauce

in Cultured Foods

Lacto-Fermented ApplesauceI love finding recipes that use whey because I always have a ton of it in the back of my fridge.

Every time I strain my yogurt to make yogurt cheese or Greek-style yogurt I pour the whey into mason jars and stash it.

This recipe turned out really good. It’s a sweet tangy applesauce that my kids loved. This is also a raw recipe. It contains more nutrients than cooked applesauce. The fermentation process actually improves the nutritional value instead of destroying it the way heating does. [Read More]

Homemade Caramel Yogurt

in Yogurt Recipes

{Guest post & recipe from Terri Gano}

Caramel Yogurt is definitely one of those recipes you  want to try on your day off with your kids around to help take turns with all the stirring involved to get it just right. Today was one of those days for me. Kids and I are at home for the day, my oldest (who can reach the stove for stirring) helped give me a break when I needed it, and the recipe was so easy to prepare, and very delicious.  We couldn’t wait the full hour for it to set before gobbling it down.

For this recipe, you’ll need either homemade yogurt or regular (not Greek) store bought yogurt that doesn’t have any fillers (only milk and cultures in the ingredients). The reason for this is that you’re going to be straining your yogurt in order to separate out the whey you’ll use in place of water for making the caramel. If you’re new to straining yogurt, see here for a quick how-to on the subject. [Read More]

The Best Way to Strain Yogurt

in Homemade Yogurt

strained yogurtStraining yogurt is an easy way to create Greek-style yogurt, yogurt cheese or just to thicken homemade yogurt.

Strained yogurt is thick and rich. With the whey removed it is less acidic or tart and it can be used in dishes that regular yogurt would be too tart for. It can be used as a substitute for mayo, cream cheese or sour cream. It ‘s also great to use in cooking since it doesn’t curdle when heated. [Read More]

Tips for Making Thick Homemade Yogurt

in Homemade Yogurt

thick-yogurtThis is the number one problem people come across when they start out making their own yogurt: It’s thin and runny! People wonder if fermentation happened, or just “This is it. Homemade yogurt must always be runny.” …but this is simply not so!

So, just what  is the difference between store bought and homemade yogurt? Well, many commercially made yogurts contain cheap, and unhealthy starches and stabilizers to thicken them up. But, we don’t need to do that at home to get the same results. It’s possible to get a nice, thick, and creamy yogurt at home without using any fillers at all (Really!). [Read More]

Coconut Yogurt Waffles

in Cultured Foods

{Guest post & recipe from Terri Gano}

If you like crunchy, chewy, delicious, and healthy, then this recipe is for you! I made these using a recipe I adapted on Bob’s Red Mill package for Coconut Pancakes. They are gluten-free, and really easy to make, and my kids loved them too!…Have fun, and enjoy. [Read More]

The Best Yogurt Banana Bread Recipe

in Yogurt Bread

This recipe for yogurt banana bread turned out so moist and delicious.  The main difference between this recipe and other banana bread recipes is the yogurt.

I switched out 1 cup of plain whole milk yogurt for the oil.

Did you know yogurt can be substituted for milk, buttermilk, oil and even butter in most baked goods?

The results are increased nutritional value and a lighter loaf even when using whole grain flours.  The lactic acid in the yogurt has a positive effect on the flour.  It the similar to using real cultured buttermilk (which used to be a baking essential).

This is a quick bread that makes a nice dessert or even a gift for a friend.  You’ll need a bread loaf pan, two mixing bowls and the following ingredients. [Read More]

Homemade Yogurt and Granola

Does the Greek yogurt usually get eaten the same day you buy it?
Our does too.

So, I’m not completely sure why I made this list…

Oh, yeah…I remember now.  I made it for your next batch of homemade Greek yogurt : )  Did you know that you can make your own Greek style yogurt from plain yogurt or homemade yogurt just by straining it.  Check out the tutorial! [Read More]