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    Yes, I'm posting to a blog post. It has tons of pictures, and includes my step-by-step method for making yogurt. I've had one successful batch (first batch came out really clumpy, I think the heat wasn't consistent during incubation), so maybe it's a bit too early to toot my own horn, but it came out AMAZING.

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    I'm interesting in making other "staples" or basic foods, like kefir (not sure if I want to do milk or water) and applesauce. I have a craving for applesauce at present. Has anyone made it without added sugar? Does it taste okay? Looking for a good recipe, so please let me know if you've got one!
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    I've been wanting to attempt homemade yogurt. My mom used to make it when we were growing up and I remember that it was really, really good. However, she used a yogurt maker.

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    Namlesswonder, I made applesauce without added sugar, but with concentrated apple juice (NSA) & a bit of spices. It tasted great, it kept for a few month in the fridge, and all it takes is loading a jumbo slow cooker overnight. If you are interested I will dig up the recipe, since I will be doing it anyway once the bulk this year's apples go on sale (hopefully!).
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    I just follow the instructions on my culture starter and yogurt maker, lol
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    Meh, not worth the money to me to buy a yogurt maker. You don't need culture starter anyway, just plain yogurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leida View Post
    Namlesswonder, I made applesauce without added sugar, but with concentrated apple juice (NSA) & a bit of spices. It tasted great, it kept for a few month in the fridge, and all it takes is loading a jumbo slow cooker overnight. If you are interested I will dig up the recipe, since I will be doing it anyway once the bulk this year's apples go on sale (hopefully!).
    I would definitely be interested. I like trying out different methods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namelesswonder View Post
    I'm interesting in making other "staples" or basic foods, like kefir (not sure if I want to do milk or water) and applesauce. I have a craving for applesauce at present. Has anyone made it without added sugar? Does it taste okay? Looking for a good recipe, so please let me know if you've got one!
    I make a lot of homemade applesauce, it's pretty simple so I don't really have a recipe. Peel, core, and slice a few pounds of apples (keeping in mind that they'll shrink when cooked). If you're going without sweetener, use a sweeter kind like fuji or honeycrisp and buy them in season. Put in a pot, add some unsweetened apple juice and some lemon juice or fruit fresh (vitamin C powder), and cook over medium heat until the apples start to soften. As they cook, mash with a potato masher if you like chunky applesauce, or cook longer and use a stick blender if you prefer it smooth. After it gets to the consistency you like, add a cinnamon stick and simmer over low heat until most of the excess liquid evaporates off. Add extra ground cinnamon or pie spice at the end if you want to season it more.

    I seal mine in jars so it's shelf stable, but it can also be frozen or refrigerated- not sure for how long!

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    How many jars/lbs of apples do you get, roughly? I'm trying to determine how many jars I'll end up per lb of apples. I don't know how many jars I'd like to make, but that would help me figure out how much is worth the hassle if I get them at an orchard (both my mom and boyfriend want to go apple picking hehe).
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    Oh btw, no pictures, but I remade yogurt with the first milk type I bought (grass-fed whole) and it came out fine. I just used the more intensive method with monitoring the heat on the stove top and such. It actually came out with a cream layer on top!
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    I've made yogurt a couple of times using a culture starter and my dehydrator. Then I strained it to make it into greek yogurt. It came out so creamy with a great subtle sweetness all it own. Great... now you've got me wanting to make some more

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