Have you ever read the ingredients on a store brand cottage cheese or sour cream? One of my lessons last year when I have up both corn and soy for Lent and had to read every single package I bought was that sour cream ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.
I only found two brands that are “real food” in my opinion, having only “cultured milk or cream” on their ingredients list: Daisy and Bareman’s (oops, can I blame pregnancy brain on that one? Breakstone’s is the brand, the red and white container. The weird thing is that they didn’t used to have pure ingredients, but last year I noticed some with a “kosher” band on them, and since then the ingredients have been a-ok.). My store brands that I relied on because of their sale prices usually had five or more ingredients. What??? Ridiculous.
If you, like me, are tired of too many ingredients in your packages, and especially if you wish you could afford organic dairy products, you may want to just start making your own at home.
The GNOWFGLINS Cultured Dairy and Cheese eCourse, with which I’m so pleased to be a partner and guest lecturer, is definitely the answer. Through video, detailed text materials, and a quick-answer forum, you can learn to make:
- cottage cheese
- sour cream
- cultured butter and buttermilk
- a few different kinds of yogurt
- kefir, kefir cheese, and kefir ice cream
- mozzarella cheese
- ricotta and feta cheese
- queso fresco and fresh cheddar cheeses
Um, is anyone else drooling yet? I have a pretty serious cheese fetish during this pregnancy.
You may know a little about me and my yogurt passion – I totally think everyone should make homemade yogurt and try to make it so easy! Last week’s lesson was my video demonstration of my no-dishes method, and the supplemental textual information includes all the updates I’ve learned since my initial “how to make homemade yogurt” post two years ago, all in one place. I’m pretty geeked about sharing it!
Even if you only want to see the yogurt lesson, a one-month basic membership is only $11 (when I considered offering videos, I was going to sell a trio for $15, so you wouldn’t be too far off!). For your monthly fee, you also gain total access to the entire 24 weeks of the sourdough eCourse and 14 weeks of the Fundamentals eCourse, featuring all the basics of traditional foods, from soaking to sprouting to making stock and some basic culturing. The sneak peek soaked muffin recipe is free, and you can check it out right here (then scroll down and click “sneak peek” under the Fundamentals column).
I keep telling people unabashedly that the other two teachers in the sourdough eCourse are truly brilliant. Seriously, who knows how to make over 20 different recipes with their whole wheat sourdough starter? It’s not just for bread anymore! Someday I still need to try the cinnamon rolls, pasta, and cookies, but the sourdough chocolate cake is to die for – the best cake I’ve ever had, and most people never guess it’s 100% whole wheat PLUS healthy sourdough preparation! Amazing.
If you have any interest in sourdough, this is the place to start.
Upgrades and Additional Products
I mentioned the basic level membership, but there are also two other levels with additional bonuses:
- The standard membership includes the thank you video, like the ones I’ve done on real food appetizers and Farmer’s cheese and a monthly Q&A conference call. I’m super excited to join in this month (next Friday!) in case anyone wants to pick my brain about homemade yogurt…or actually, anything else. So far Wardeh has talked about trad’l foods routines, milking goats, getting kids involved, natural cleaning, and so much more!
You can ask us anything you want. (Yikes!) I’m really looking forward to it!
- The premium membership includes all of the above plus inner circle round table discussions, exclusive ebook deals from around the real food blogosphere (like 55% off The Everything Beans Book and more!), plus weekly traditional foods menu plans (3 dinners, 2 breakfasts, a dessert and a lacto-ferment). These are also sold separately.
I know many of my readers are also members over at GNOWFGLINS already, but if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s totally worth a visit!