Make it Yourself: Homemade Ricotta Cheese Tutorial

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I have a strange fascination with making things myself.  I’m one of those weird people who likes to make things like homemade peanut butter, homemade vanilla extract, and even my own deodorant.  I’m sure many of you are just like me when it comes making things yourself! Homemade cheese is one area of “make-it-yourself” that I haven’t researched too deeply yet.  I don’t have any special cheese making equipment, and I don’t own any cows or goats (yet!); so, I […]

What’s So Great About Raw Milk?

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Once upon a time, milk was not such a complex or controversial subject. Cows grazed on green grass. Healthy, well-fed, and free to roam, they produced a nutrient-dense, thick, white liquid which was relished either straight from the cow (raw) or turned into cultured dairy for short-term storage or delectable hard cheeses for long-term storage. It was neither heated to death at ultra-high temperatures, nor were its fat molecules shaken until they shattered into minuscule pieces. It was not demonized as a health hazard, declared to be […]

Making Homemade Yogurt

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Written by Emily, Contributing Writer I’ve been making homemade yogurt for just about two years now, and I love the convenience, quality, and savings of making yogurt at home. Yogurt is one of the most basic traditional foods, and even if you are just getting started with real food, including yogurt in your diet is an easy way to reap so many of the health benefits of cultured dairy. One of the main health benefits of yogurt, besides the protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals, are […]

Prevention and Treatment of Mastitis: Natural Alternatives to Taking Antibiotics

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As any breastfeeding mama can tell you, mastitis is one of the nastiest things to deal with. These infections (which stem from a clogged milk duct) can come on quickly, bringing with them raging fevers and achy, fluish feelings, as well as acute soreness and tenderness in the breast, particularly around the area of the clogged duct. The common solution to mastitis (at least, for most doctors and even some midwives) is a strong dose of good ol’ antibiotics. Sure to clear up the angry […]

Dairy Free Alternatives That Work For a Traditional Diet

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I have to begin this post by stating that we love dairy. I mean, we really love it. Our desire to take dairy out of our diets has been for one reason only– while doing the GAPS diet for two months, we noticed that each time we tried to add dairy back in, several members of the family had trouble with it. We are hopeful that continued healing of their guts will remedy that problem and allow us to return to our beloved raw milk, […]