Throwing Down the Gauntlet


This month for book club, I’m reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsovler. Among other things, the author (who also wrote the Poisonwood Bible) describes how her family lived on homegrown or locally grown food for one year and how their perspective changed as a result. As she narrates the year she throws out little tidbits of information, recipes, and ideas to increase the reader’s self-reliance. She presents many of her views and practices as being outlandish in today’s society but to me, a gal who ones a solar oven, her ideas aren’t that far off base. So, as I was reading today, I came to the section where she reveals that she makes her own cheese. The idea intrigued me, especially when she described the ease of the process. So I called Lisa & Kristin and asked if they’d ever heard of modern-day cheesemaking. After some research we’re committed to give it a whirl. The website we consulted suggested starting off with yogurt so here’s the challenge…who will join us as we progress from yogurt to making tasty Mozzarella, Neufchatel and eventually cheddar cheese? You probably have most of the supplies in your kitchen for yogurt so the deadline for step one (i.e. yogurt completion) with pictures, is August 21.

10 Comments on “Throwing Down the Gauntlet

  1. I’m IN! I told Freff over dinner tonight that I would probably be purchasing the basic cheese making kit from that one site. He was all for it. Yogurt, here we come!

  2. RJ was not quite as enthusiastic…he was like “Please don’t try to make that.” I’m sure he’ll warm up to the idea :).

  3. Due to recent successes with Wheat bread, granola, and Beans, Chad says “go for it!” and also, “is it going to be disgusting?” Yogurt and Cheese, here we come!

  4. I must admit, I’m slightly hurt that I didn’t get a call as well. I guess I don’t have a “homemaking reputation” very much yet? Anyways, that would be fun to give a try.

  5. Well Al, the reason I didn’t call you and your twin is because you’re enjoying vacations…I didn’t want to bother you with kitchen duty. I also wanted there to be some people to sign up via the blog :).

  6. interesting! who wouldve thought!! let me know how it is….i dont know if im in or not!!

  7. Sorry, I once had a yogurt maker given to me and I think I eventually gave it to the DI. I’ll continue to buy Yoplait when on sale. 🙂

  8. I just want to say that I have already made my yogurt and my labneh is currently draining, but I can’t post the blog yet because our internet is too slow to do pictures since you guys are downloading your hard drive. once that is done, I will be posting my blog

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