Thursday, September 30, 2010

A good helper

The lifestyle we are choosing to live requires community effort.  It is difficult to manage everything yourself.  Everyone from the youngest to the oldest gets into the act. 

One of the things that we have been making is yogurt.  I didn't get pictures, but the process we have been using is:

  1. Heat your milk (gently) to 180 (I know - it is not raw anymore)
  2. Cool the milk to 120
  3. Add your starter
  4. Put it into some device to keep it about 110 for about 8 hours.  I have been using my dehydrator.  I have a box one and my glass pyrex baking pans slide right in.  I can do about 2 gallons at a time.
  5. We like a custard type of yogurt, so I pour the whey out using a big colander and a dishtowel with a catch pan underneath.  I drain for about 10 minutes, then move the yogurt to a bowl and whisk it with a wire whisk.
  6. Add fruit (I cook mine and sweeten with honey), a bit of salt, some vanilla and YUM!  It will set up a bit more as it chills.
  7. Bottle it up for lunchboxes.  We found 4 oz. glass jars that work great.
Tonight my helper worked with me sampling, bottling up, lidding up, washing and finding room in the fridge for all the yogurt.  We made fresh peach/honey and some white chocolate/raspberry/honey.  Tomorrow it will be divided up and delivered to the four households that we garden with.
Everyone plays a part.  It is a good way to live. 

Be blessed


  1. Oh yum! Even though it's not raw anymore, it's still so much more healthy than the corn syrup/preservative laden "product" in the stores! I like the idea of cooking the fruit with honey!

  2. It is really good with the fruit/honey, but I am thinking about getting some different organic extracts. The fruit flavors just don't seem bright enough - and if you get enough fruit to really taste it, the yogurt is overwhelmed. So.... next I'll try with a fruit/extract mixture :)