Saturday, February 12, 2011

Will Work for Food

Today's project...yogurt! 
Heated a quart of whole milk
two tablespoons of powdered milk
and about a quarter cup of half and half to 180 degrees,
stirring constantly.
Heating kills bacteria we don't want.

Then put the heated milk in a sink of water
to cool it down to a temp
that would not kill the bacteria we want to grow.

Added a package of store bought
unflavored, "all natural yogurt" from the grocery store
for our culture.
Used Greek yogurt, which is a bit of an experiment.
The bacteria list looked good,
and it is just hard to find a small container
of unflavored, all natural yogurt.

Put it in little jars
put the jars in the yogurt machine
and set it for fifteen hours. 
When I get up in the morning,
I'll take them out, put on their wee lids
and pop them in the fridge.

I plan to add a touch of honey
some frozen or canned fruit
and some granola for eating.
Yum.  I hope.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Chicken Love

This is Cooper eyeballing the camera, with Iris on the left looking for snacks on the ground.  Below is Ethel, who appears the picture of shiny chicken health these days.  Cooper and Iris run over for us to pet them.  Ethel avoids us ever since the "catch me take me to the vet and shove antibiotics down my throat twice a day for two weeks" incident.