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Try Your Hand At The Easiest Hard Cheese And Culturing With Our New DIY Kit

If you’ve made ricotta, paneer, mozzarella and other simple cheeses using citric acid, you’re ready to step it up with culturing and your first “hard cheese”– Feta! The Mediterranean delicacies in our Feta, Greek Yogurt and Yogurt Cream Cheese (also known as Labneh) DIY Kit make my mouth water.

Yogurt Cream Cheese

Yogurt Cream Cheese

The characteristic mouth-watering tart and complex flavors come from culturing (aka fermenting). The bacteria added to the milk eat lactose (sugar) and create lactic acid (tart!) in the right temperature. This takes time which is why these goodies are not made in an hour. But BOY…are they worth the wait!

Delicious Greek Yogurt

Delicious Greek Yogurt

The really neat thing about cultures is that you can farm them! Make the starter yogurt using the culture packets, then use the yogurt to culture your Feta and future batches of yogurt (and consequently your Greek yogurt and Labneh).  Cool huh? You can now enjoy your own homemade probiotic yogurt and custom flavored Greek yogurt. The Yogurt Cream Cheese can be left really mild like a cream cheese for bagels, or you can make it like they do in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries, salty, thick and very tangy- delicious!

Salty, crumbly Feta- Yum.

Salty, crumbly Feta- Yum.

If you feel intimidated, do not fret, culturing is what milk wants to do naturally and though Feta is considered a hard cheese, it only requires one week with our recipe and will introduce you to salt curing and aged cheeses. There is so much to learn in this kit and lots of flavor comes with that education- what a deal.

I’m very proud of this new kit- I hope you learn a lot with it!
Feta and Greek Yogurt Kit


Lots of classes in 2010

You will make this and more!

Classes at Urban Farm Store and the City of Portland’s Urban Growth Bounty Program

Learn to make fresh, easy mozzarella at the Urban Farm Store– $40 per person, in-class samples & recipe/instructions included. Thursday, February 18, 2010- 6-7:30pm

Please RSVP with your phone number at UrbanFarmStore@gmail.com. You will receive a call for payment.


I just signed on to teach a series of cheese making classes through the Urban Growth Bounty 2010 program presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Check out a little clip of our first class in local news!

They also offer neat classes in beekeeping, preserving produce, organic gardening and more.

Check out the schedule on my Classes page but register easily ONLINE. I hear the class on paneer sold out every time last year so don’t dilly dally, seats are limited. Hope to see you there!