So, because of all the gardening going on we’ve been watching a lot of Youtubes about different ways to do things. Like the pvc hoops we put over the beds to keep them warm at night, we made those in FL for our garden, but now after watching some tubes we found that stapling 2x4s to the sides of the plastic makes for a great hold down on either side of the bed, and makes it much easier to lift the plastic over the hoops also.
So one of the channels we’ve been watching is the Starry Hilder channel, and she had a video up about how to make yogurt the easy way, just by buying a little dollar yogurt at the store and making sure it has “active yogurt cultures” in it! So dh says, “we’ve GOT to try that!” So we get a gallon of milk, and a little Tillamook yogurt, and we’re off and running!
You have to heat the milk to 180 degrees, keeping careful watch over it while it’s heating, and then you stick the pot in ice water and cool it to 110. Ours cooled to 108 so there seems to be a little flexibility. Then she scoops two tablespoons of yogurt into each quart jar (we made three quart jars from one little tub of yogurt), and then adds 4 cups of the warm milk to each jar and give it a stir, and you put the lids on, and set them in a warmish place. She suggested the top of the fridge, but the top of our fridge is near a drafty door, so I suggested to dh we set ours in our food dehydrator on low! So we set it to the yellow warmth setting, and let it go for the four hours suggested. And when we checked it it had not worked at all, and we were so bummed. But I told dh that Starry is a little ditzy and we should just leave it overnight and see what happens. Good thing we did, because in the morning we had perfect yogurt!!! Yaaaayyyyyy!
So we immediately got a pint size jar and poured some off, so we could start another batch when we get more milk! And it only took the six of us a day and a half to eat the rest! This morning the yogurt was thick and creamy just like store bought, so I would suggest that after it sets put it in the fridge for two to three days for optimal quality!!! Next round we’re going to make nine quarts, I think, because it says you can keep it in the fridge for up to 60 days, and I doubt nine quarts will even last us a couple of weeks the way everyone has been digging into it! Anyway, here’s a link to the video.
In knitting news… I have been working on another scrappy project. This time using up little scraps of baby yarn! Remember when I dug out all the regular little balls of yarn out of my scrappy pretzel buckets, and made a scarf out of it? Now I’m doing the same with all the baby yarn. And here’s a look at what I have so far (about six feet worth)…
Only about 20 small balls of yarn left to use, and it’ll be finished! Not sure if I want to put it on Etsy or keep it for myself yet. Amazing that when I started it I didn’t think I’d get a whole scarf out of the scraps I had, but looks like I will! And I told dh I just finished off about 45 skeins of yarn. Totally finished! Maybe I should get some more? But I am really trying hard not to shop for anymore yarn. We made it past three Michael’s, and two Hobby Lobby’s this past weekend, and I didn’t even go in!!!! 🙂
And here’s some hats and booties that I’ve been knitting on too! Just a little bit to add to what I already have. I guess I need to weave in ends, and send out packages soon. I might wait til payday.
Annnnd, just a wee bit of gardening… here’s the little bit that we did yesterday. It’s still too cold at night for pepper plants, but they were getting too big in the little starter pots, so we transferred them all to red cups. Two weeks from now they can go into their own covered bed! Yaaayy!
And today we’ll put all of these tomatoes in the ground in a second tomato bed! We now have counted 102 tomato plants. Early Girls, Sweet 100’s, Romas, Ugly Ripes, and Cherokee Purples, for the most part.
And see there… I fit three posts into one! Sorry it was so dang long, and I promise I’ll do better at posting when the cooler nights go away, and we don’t have to lug plants this way and that every morning, and every evening. Congrats if you’ve made it this far! 🙂