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KATGUS SparkPoints: (12,773)
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6/17/13 1:24 P

I want to learn how to make some fermented foods. I follow a blog called Food Renegade and she talked a lot about making her own ferments. Sounds very healthy, but also intimidating to me! :) As for everyday things, I have made my own syrup for pancakes, bread, pizza crust and muffins. I love to bake. Making yogurt also sounds like a great idea! My husband got me an ice cream maker for mother's day and I've made strawberry frozen yogurt and it was delicious. I look forward to experimenting and making more healthy desserts!

SONICB Posts: 4,378
6/16/13 6:09 P

I wouldn't say I am obsessed with making stuff from scratch, but I do like to try from time to time, usually because it ends up being cheaper. Mostly baked goods like cupcakes & dessert breads...

NANADERRICK SparkPoints: (54,778)
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5/31/13 12:27 P

I have just learned how to make a good whole wheat loaf from scratch, using my stand mixer with the dough hooks. Now I NEVER buy a loaf of bread at the store. I also make biscuits and cornbread (but rarely these days b.c I eat too much when I do).

DH and I garden every year for fresh veggies and I can and freeze. Last year I made salsa for the first time and it was Incredible. This year I want to do my own sun-dried tomatoes. I love summer time and fresh veggies...we have so much I can enjoy "playing with my food" !!!

We don't have much luck growing fruits, but when we get a good deal on them, I make jam or jelly or juice. Love homemade applesauce. Anyway, this was a great topic!!!

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5/9/13 5:28 A

One of these days I'm going to try making my own yogurt, maybe when we have fresh strawberries locally...

I love my bread maker, but I don't like letting it bake the bread. The crust just isn't right. I have problems with my wrist, so letting it knead the dough for me is great. Just measure every thing in and 90 minutes later, I have dough ready to be shaped and baked in the oven. Plus in winter my kitchen isn't usually warm enough to raise the dough the way it should and the bread maker takes care of that.

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5/9/13 4:36 A

Yes I know but I have a hard time fitting a beehive in my 1 bedroom aparment :D
In Sweden we're way behind on urban-farming, most who have small lands in the city usually only grow flowers and small vegetables, (potatoes, leek)nothing else.
Talking about everything else, I made sesame bars last night and going ahead making my own cereal.

SERENAMOM45 Posts: 124
5/8/13 10:08 P

It can be done! We're doing fruits, vegetables and chickens, and you don't need a tremendously big place to do those. A small orchard, some berry bushes, and a garden spot take care of most of it. We live where we can have more chickens and orchard trees, but some of my urban neighbors are doing a lot with backyard and front-yard veggies, fruits and berries, and also are able to have chickens. In town you can have 3 hens, for example; and you can also have bees in town.
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ERITAB SparkPoints: (3,812)
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5/8/13 12:07 P

This is why I love the internet, you can find almost everything out there.
My dream now though, is to find a house with alot of land and have chickens, milkgoats & bees and also growing my own vegetables and fruit! This is my ultimate "diy" dream!

SERENAMOM45 Posts: 124
5/6/13 10:16 P

I heard today about Michael Pollan's new book called "Cooked." It's all about DIY in the kitchen, with cooking divided into Fire, Water, Air, and Earth, which he explores himself with experts in each field. Fire deals with mostly meats (think Barbeque through the ages), Water is cooking things in pots with liquid. Air is baking; and Earth is fermented foods.

SOCAL_LEE SparkPoints: (43,325)
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4/26/13 3:08 P

Yes, those kitchen projects are fun. And go for the yogurt, it's so easy if you have a thermometer. I heat the milk to 180F and let it cool to between 90-100F, then stir in some yogurt with live cultures. The real trick is keeping your culturing milk at about 100F for 12 hours or so. So I do it in the cooler, which I fill with jars of very hot water while the milk is cooling. Then I pop the milk into jars and stick those in the cooler and leave it overnight. In the morning you can strain the yogurt if it's not thick enough; a sieve lined with cheesecloth or paper coffee filters works great.

Sometimes I make quark, which is milder than yogurt. Note to self: do that again.

I made a homemade version of Raincoast Crisps for holiday presents this year as well as chocolate biscotti. I've also made preserved lemons, limoncello, lemon curd -- can you tell I have a lemon tree? -- and vanilla extract.

I'm terrible at making bread my kids will eat, though, and I don't want to be eating a loaf of bread by myself, so I gave up on that.

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4/25/13 3:22 P

I want to get to that point with my food! Right now I'm broke and live in this tiny apartment, but someday I'll have the space to have a garden. Maybe a goat or a cow or something. Who knows?

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
4/25/13 2:33 P

I'm not obsessed but I do frequently make things that we could just buy at the grocery store.

I would like to try making my own pasta someday.

Edited by: LOUNMOUN at: 4/26/2013 (15:56)
SERENAMOM45 Posts: 124
4/25/13 12:49 P

I'm so glad to learn that I'm not the only one who takes cooking from scratch to this level. On top of that, I grow most of my own fruits and vegetables and we raise chickens for eggs - and stewing hens eventually. I do like to bake and have a machine with a dough hook, but depending on what it is, I knead by hand about half of the time. I haven't tried Greek yogurt, but what a great challenge.

I do think that cooking in this way makes me slow down and appreciate foods more - and keeps me out of the stores and away from TV commercials that marketers have refined to a fair-the-well to get me to eat what they are selling.

Besides, it's fun to learn these age-old food-ways.

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4/24/13 12:10 A

I was on a homemade bread kick for a while too. I don't have a stand mixer or a bread machine, so I was really sticking to the "rustic" no-knead type recipes. I liked that I could use the same dough to make pizzas and flatbreads too. But the weather changed (we were in the 90s today!) and now I'm not up for running my oven that much. Ask me again in October! As for the other stuff, I find I'm just too lazy/impatient. I'm lucky if I soak and cook my own dried beans or cook a whole chicken rather than buying pre-cut tenderloins. Eating healthy can be a bit more expensive and I've justified to myself that it's worth it. I should probably take it one step further and see what I can make from scratch. So I'm interested to see what else everyone feels is worth the time/effort.

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4/23/13 12:35 P

I love making my own stuff from scratch. I've recently managed to make my own pitas and naan. A friend of mine and I took a cheesemaking class, so we've been attempting to do our own ricotta and mozzarella. Ricotta was easy, but mozzarella has been a bit trickier. She tried it at her house and got it to turn out, so I'm going up there this weekend to try it again with her.

I also grind my own meat for hamburgers, eventually I'd like to grind my own for ALL meats. Time gets in the way though. I would like to make my own sausages, I think that's next on the list. I just need to get the sausage filler attachment for the mixer. And, someday, sometime, I want to make my own CURED meats... ie salami. But that's pretty hard and I'd need a good place to cure it, which I don't have right now. Oh and I also want to learn butchery so we can buy whole halves of cow or pig and cut it up ourselves... LOL but that's a long ways off since I don't even have a good place to do that right now.

BTW for breads, I use the dough hook :) I have a bad shoulder and kneading by hand just gets to be too hard after awhile.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 4/23/2013 (12:38)
ONION926 SparkPoints: (3,718)
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4/23/13 11:51 A

Is any of you here obsessed with figuring out how to make common grocery store products like peanut butter or Greek yogurt by yourself?

For example, I really like trying to make my own bread. I'm no good at kneading by hand yet, so I mess it up a lot. My fiance says I should just use the dough hook on my mixer or buy a bread machine, but I refuse to give in!!!! I just figured out how to make my own hummus (and tahini! :O) recently, too. I want to figure out how to make various nut butters and definitely Greek yogurt (that stuff's expensive) next.

So how bout you guys? Anything you're obsessed with figuring out how to make from scratch?

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