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3 Tips for Getting Started with Fermented Foods

by Suzanne If you're new to fermentation, it's possible that you have a few jars of fermented carrot sticks, radishes, or sour cream in your fridge, and you're wondering...what now? Making big changes to your diet can be scary and confusing. New recipes, odd ingredients, kids making funny faces--all these can make you wonder if all this probiotic stuff is really for you. Don't despair! There are some easy ways to incorporate those new foods into your favorite meals. 1. Add fermented foods in small amounts, like a condiment. Family taco night? Chop a few fermented carrot sticks and serve them right alongside your usual ingredients. The color alone will be so attractive, your family will not be able to...

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Choose Your Milk for Making Yogurt

by Suzanne Pasteurized? Homogenized? Grass-fed? How do you choose the best milk for making yogurt? What is Pasteurized Milk? Pasteurization is the process of heating milk to kill bacteria, making the milk stay fresh longer. While this process may have made milk easier to transport long distances, it may not be the best for milk you're going to use to make yogurt. There are different types of pasteurization, so be sure to check the carton before you buy! HTST or Flash Pasteurized milk is heated to 161ºF and held there for 15 seconds. If your bottle of milk is labeled simply Pasteurized, it has most likely been treated in this way. Pasteurized milk is a great choice for making your...

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The Details: Heated Yogurts

by Suzanne Some yogurt starters require heat to activate the bacteria, so that those bacteria can do the work of fermenting the milk. These yogurt starters are called thermophilic starters, meaning heat-loving. Which yogurt starters are thermophilic? Bulgarian Yogurt Starter is a reusable starter that makes a mild-flavored, thick yogurt. Greek Yogurt Starter is a reusable starter that makes a more tangy, thick yogurt. Vegan Yogurt Starter, while not a reusable starter, is a thermophilic yogurt starter. Vegan Yogurt Starter is the best choice when culturing non-dairy milk such as coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, or nut/seed milks. NOTE: Vegan Yogurt Starter and non-dairy milks require an added thickener. How do I make thermophilic yogurt at home? Making one...

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