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I love yogurt, and I have for a long time. So, one day, I wondered if it was remotely possible to make your own, and you probably know that it is! I’ve tried a few different ways, and let me share with you my favorite way. And it’s really easy, that’s why I like.

What you need:
2 glass jars, glass is much better than plastic
a pot, or something to heat your milk in
7 cups of milk, you’ll be heating the milk to 180 degrees, which basically pasteurizes it, unfortunately
1/2 cup of yogurt starter, from a previous batch or from store-bought yogurt without thickeners. Apparently, after a while you’ll need to buy more yogurt because your culture will weaken.
1/2 cup of dried milk powder to thicken
thermometer
-a small cooler
-2 heat packs. I’m not sure what they’re called, but ours are socks filled with corn.

That looks like a lot, but you probably already have most of that.

This is how I do it. And your yogurt will be thick, because of the milk powder!

1 – Heat the milk to 180 degrees in a pot. I use a saucepan. Like I mentioned, this kills all the good bacteria. I wish there was another way. If there is, then I don’t know about it. If you have access to milk from grass-fed cows, then that is best. It’s good to heat the milk slowly because it doesn’t damage the milk as much. I usually heat it on medium heat, which is probably to fast, but I’m usually in a hurry.

2 – While the milk is heating, add the 1/2 cup powdered milk. Whisk it around and if you have any clumps, scoop them out. If your not careful, then the milk will scald at the bottom. But if it does, then don’t worry about it.

3 – Once the milk reaches 180 degrees, take it off the heat and let it cool. I pour it into a big glass measuring cup.

4 – Get your yogurt starter out so that it can be warming up so it doesn’t shock the milk.

5 – Let the yogurt sit until it reaches 100 degrees.

6 – Once it reaches 100 degrees, whisk in the yogurt starter.

7 – Have your heat packs ready by microwaving them for three minutes.

8 – Pour your milk-yogurt mixture into glass jars. It takes two large mason jars for me. It works out well.

9 – Put the jars (with the yogurt) into the cooler (like this one).

10 – Let is sit for 8-10 hours (or however long you prefer) and then enjoy!

You can add fruit, vanilla, jam, or sugar if you can’t stand the sour taste. I drink kefir everyday, so the sour taste in the yogurt is nothing.
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Cost

This recipe makes about 64 ounces of yogurt, which costs:

– Using pasteurized/normal grocery store milk ($1.59 where I live)– about 60 cents

– Using organic milk ($3.00)– about $1.50

– Using grass-fed, raw milk ($6.00)– about $3.00 for 64 ounces!

The cheapest yogurt that you can buy here in the grocery store can be as low as $3.00 for 64 ounces. And that yogurt is dirt cheap. Most brands are about twice that, depending on what size you get, and what brand.

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Estrogen is a hormone that is in both males and females (not as much in males though) and so you would think that consuming things with it would be alright, right?

Well, no, and many probably already know that. I’m determined to make you learn something anyways!

So, without getting into the role that this hormone plays in our body, I’ll mention some things that it’s found in and the first three main things that come to mind are:

1 – Plastic – the more flexible the plastic the worse it is, and the more toxic ____ (feel in the blank) it leaches into your food. I still use plastic, but I’m trying to stop! I have a glass water bottle, and it’s kind of heavy, and I’m deathly afraid of breaking it, but with a little extra care I’ve been fine. I’ve also read somewhat about SIGG bottles which supposedly don’t leak toxins. If you are interested in them, you could go here. No, I am not affiliated with them or anything 🙂

2 – Flaxseed – this one is sad for me, I’m really working on finding a good omega-3 supplement for my diet right now. This would have made the hunt simple. But no. Even though it is plant based, it still is like the estrogen in your body and can raise your levels. Your body produces all you need.

3 – Soy – Soy is supposed to be a health food but it’s not. There are some good things about it, but the bad far outweigh the good. The soy companies lead us to believe that like the Chinese eat tons of soy, but they eat hardly any at all, just a few teaspoons a day. And the soy they do eat is fermented (which is another story) so it’s easier to digest. Soymilk tastes really good, but it’s definitely a bad choice. Your best choice is probably to avoid soy altogether, unless maybe you’re chinese and your body is used to it.

Other different hormone disrupters:

1 – Phthalates – Usually in things you use to care for your body, like shampoo. The shampoo/conditioner/chapstick I use is almost completely natural (like 98%). It’s not organic though, but it will have to do. I read that the lipstick you put on all ends up being absorbed, so you are basically eating it.

2 – Pasteurized Dairy – Try to find raw milk. If you look around and it’s not illegal where you live, then you should be able to find some. Popularity for it is definitely growing!

Oooh. Here are some more good ones, after doing a search. I’ll summarize them below.

3 – Propyl gallate – A preservative used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling.

* Hair products
* Adhesives and lubricants
* Processed meat products and potato products
* Chicken soup base
* Chewing gum and candy
* Dried milk
* Baked goods, and more

4 -4-hexylresorcinol, which is used to prevent discoloration in shrimp and other shellfish.

* Pharmaceutical acne treatments
* Anti-dandruff shampoo
* Sunscreen lotions
* Antiseptic mouthwashes
* Skin wound cleansers
* Throat lozenges


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