What Is Cultured Dairy?
When you culture milk, you make it better! The creamy milk of healthy pastured animals is already rich with fat-soluble vitamins, probiotics, and healthy fats. That’s fantastic on its own. But culturing it with beneficial organisms causes an explosion of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. A win-win.
Take milk or cream and allow a mother culture — beneficial organisms that are good for your gut — to proliferate, spreading their probiotic goodness throughout the milk or cream. That is cultured dairy at its most basic level.
Not Just Yogurt.
Cultured dairy is so much more than yogurt. Much more. Cultured dairy foods can include sour cream and creme fraiche, buttermilk, cultured butter, clabbered milk, yogurt, and kefir, cottage cheese, feta cheese, fresh cheese, queso fresco cheese, cheddar cheese, and more!
When made right, they contain vitamins, enzymes, and active cultures — conveying benefits to your gut, your immune system, and your digestion.
You can’t buy many of these true cultured dairy foods in most grocery stores. A grocery store item might have some flavor (still not as good as homemade, though) but none of the beneficial organisms, no helpful enzymes, and few vitamins. You see, most grocery store cultured dairy foods and cheeses are dead and their flavors fake. They contain additives, thickeners, and sugar. They’re no good.
Here’s a video that shows you 6 reasons to eat more cultured dairy and cheese. This is a free excerpt from lesson 1 of our cultured dairy and basic cheese class.
Want To Make These The Right Way?
You’re in the right place. You — yes, you — can make your own cultured and healthy sour cream, butter, yogurt, and cheese. I’ll show you how!
My family has been enjoying our own cultured dairy foods for a few years. We started with the goat milk from our own small herd of Nubian goats, and then we moved on to using the milk of our family Jersey cow, Gracie. I’d love to teach you all that I’ve learned and enjoyed about homemade cultured dairy and cheese.
Think you need to have your own dairy cow or access to raw milk to take this class? You don’t! You can use store-bought milk, too, and I’ll help you figure out your best choice.
Simple, Easy, Delicious
The Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eCourse offers simple lessons and tasty, nutritious recipes for sour cream, yogurt, many cheeses and more. The weekly video demonstrations give you multiple opportunities to practice the principles of culturing dairy in limitless ways.
Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eCourse Lessons and Topics
- About Cultured Dairy and Cheesemaking
- Sour Cream / Creme Fraiche and Whole Milk Buttermilk
- Cultured Butter and Buttermilk
- Traditional Yogurt
- Clabbered Milk and Cheese
- Just-Like-The-Store Yogurt*
- Beyond Kefir: Kefir, Kefir Cream, Kefir Ice Cream, Kefir Cheese, and Kefir Cheese Balls
- Ricotta* and Soft Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Feta Cheese
- Middle Eastern Fresh Cheese
- Queso Fresco Cheese
- Fresh Cheddar Cheese
- Traditional Mozarella Cheese*
- Propagating Mother Cultures
- Bonus! Waxing Cheese
- Bonus! Cultured, Flavored Cream Cheese
- Bonus! Molding Soft Cheese
Membership includes access to every class we offer! The details are here.
Free Video Excerpts
Here are two more free videos — excerpts from the Cultured Butter and Beyond Kefir lessons.
What You’ll Get In This Class
- Access to every class we offer.
- Class enrollment doesn’t close. Enroll at any time.
- Total access to all available lessons from the get-go.
- Exclusive monthly thank you gift for qualifying payments.
- Bi-monthly learning bonus.
- Weekly lessons presented through multi-media tutorials.
- Exclusive members-only forums.
- Weekly email reminders (optional).
Weekly video demonstrations and print materials will guide you in your practice and mastery of cultured dairy principles and techniques. By the end of this eCourse, you’ll have a wonderful recipe collection, as well as a ton of practice putting it all to use.
Cultures and Supplies
I worked with two trusted sources to create cultures and supplies kits at a discount. You’ll know in advance what you need. You can purchase your supplies through the recommended sources, or you can put together your own kit. I have done my best to keep supplies to a minimum, to find you the best deal, and to refer you to sources I trust.
Any time, join us any time! We’re always open. When you sign up, you’ll have instant access to all the lessons of the Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eCourse and every other class we offer.
Become a member for as little as $13 per month! You get video demonstrations and print downloads to help you master the tasks listed above — no matter your learning style. View the membership plans and benefits here.
Let’s discover homemade cultured dairy… together!
–Wardeh ‘Wardee’ Harmon
P.S. Get the 18 lessons of the Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eCourse as an independent-study eBook. Click here for more info.