Thursday, September 20, 2007

A beautiful sight...

That is one gallon of yogurt being strained to make cream cheese. Yumm.

We've been gluten free for over 5 years, but recently we had to go SCD for my oldest. So we all did. (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) Part of it is eating home made yogurt full of all those good gut bugs. It also means not eating commercial cream cheese, yogurt, or milk. Therefore it means making oodles of yogurt. With honey added and diluted 50% with water, it makes a nice milk substitute. Strained and I have a very nice sour cream. Remove even more whey, add a little honey, and it's a delicious cream cheese, or icing for carrot cake.

Yogurt, for yogurt and "milk", I can make with store bought whole milk. But not the cream cheese. Why? Ultra Pasteurization. And the ONLY milk available on this peninsula is UP. It makes a very nice looking "cheese" right up until you touch it, or stir it, or add anything to it. Then it becomes a runny product. (See the Cheese Lady's explanation at Click on FAQ and then on All About Milk.)

Dry milk to the rescue. Turns out with Carnation Dry Milk and some added cream one can make a very nice cream cheese. Substantial enough to even be used as icing.

I love Home Education

Yesterday we reviewed Life Science, Chemistry, and Roman History via a game board and questions I'd been writing down as we progressed through each subject. My six year old was paired up with her dad for help. Help she didn't want. Help she most often didn't need. We've been doing a lot of reviewing of Roman History as we progress, but we hadn't been doing much of any in either Science subject. (Only the older two are taking Chemistry, but the six year old is a full participant in Life Science.) We'd already been surprised by how little help the youngest needed by the time she got the question, "Name 5 of the 8 characteristics of living things."

"Eats food," she said.
"Takes in energy, right," I replied.
"Moves. Gets rid of waste. Grows."

As she struggled to remember another one, her father whispered to her, "Makes babies." She looked at him and said, "I can't say that!" Then she turned to me and said,