FARMcurious Blog

Fermented Fingers: The Ultimate Addition to Your Witch's Pantry

Create creepy fermented "ogre fingers" for some ghoulishly probiotic Halloween fun.

Posted Thursday, October 08, 2015 | By Nicole Easterday |

Cuddle Yogurt: The Yogurt Making Method That Wasn't

Earlier this month, we wrote a brief comment at the end of another blog post about a rumored method of making yogurt called "cuddle yogurt." After many trials, it is with great disappointment that we report to you that cuddling your yogurt culture is not in fact a viable way to make yogurt (womp). While we don't have great yogurt to share at the end of this experiment, we do have a few funny stories and a lot of a yogurt-like substance that more closely resembles buttermilk. As the first hand director of this great experiment, I'd like to walk you through how on earth this simultaneously great and terrible idea came about.

Posted Saturday, September 19, 2015 | By Alycia Lang |

Fermented Skincare At Home

We already know about the health benefits of eating ferments, but I recently stumbled upon several articles touting the benefits of putting them on your face! Here is a great recipe for a yogurt mask to make at home!

Posted Wednesday, September 02, 2015 | By Alycia Lang |

Crafting Brie & Camembert at Home: Progress Day 2!

We had a great workshop last weekend where we started some beautiful cheeses with the guidance of San Francisco Milk Maid. Follow along with our progress here!

Posted Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | By Alycia Lang |

Recipe: A Near Perfect Bacon Alternative With Only 3 Ingredients

I could say that this post is especially for all the vegetarians out there, but let's be real – this one is for everyone because it's about bacon.

For most meat eaters, there is no substitute for the texture of the real thing. But I'm here to tell you that we may have found an alternative that scratches the bacon itch so well that even non vegetarians approve: Shiitake Bacon. The best part is it has only three ingredients!

Posted Monday, August 24, 2015 | By Alycia Lang |

Homemade Yogurt: You're Doing it Wrong

One of the best birthday gifts I ever received arrived in a tiny plastic container, unlabeled and mysterious. A friend of mine had been a chef at Google when the infamous food scientist Harold McGee visited and brought along a batch of his homemade yogurt to share with the chefs. I was lucky enough to receive a little bit of this starter and Harold’s special science-based instructions.

Posted Thursday, August 20, 2015 | By Nicole Easterday |

Recipe: Potato salad with fermented vegetables

Classic potato salad mixed with fermented vegetables makes for a delicious summer barbecue or picnic side dish that everyone will love. Get creative and feel free to add whatever fermented veggies you have on hand for this probiotic take on a beloved warm weather dish.

Posted Thursday, August 20, 2015 | By Nicole Easterday |

How to make the best goat cheese

I’ve been teaching cheesemaking classes for several years now and I find time after time that the fresh handmade chevre (goat cheese) is the thing people can’t stop raving about. Not only is it adored by goat cheese lovers, it’s been known to win the hearts and minds of erstwhile goat cheese-haters in my classes. Someone walks up to the cheese table, puts something they think might be ricotta on a cracker and falls in love with it just to find it’s made from goat’s milk! The horror! Wait, this is actually pretty good.

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | By Nicole Easterday |

Fulfill Your New Year's Resolutions with Kits & Classes

No matter what your New Years resolutions were, we think 2015 is a great year to try your hand at learning some new food skills! Whether you want to learn the basics of cheesemaking, fermenting, and meat curing or take your skills to the next level, we've got a class for you. Check out our schedule and reserve your spot now--these classes will fill up quickly!

Posted Thursday, February 05, 2015 | By Nicole Easterday |

Give the Gift of Self-Reliance

Every year as the holidays roll around, many of us are faced with the same dilemma: do we keep buying our loved ones things they might not need and that may end up sitting around and cluttering their house?  We want to show our friends and family we care about them, but we also want our gifts to be useful, not just something else that gets shoved in a closet or returned (or even re-gifted!).  So many of us have too much stuff already, and often not enough space to accommodate it all.

Wouldn't it be great to give your friends and family something that they would use not just once but continue to use for years to come?  What if that gift could also inspire them to learn new skills, rekindle lost traditions, and live in a more sustainable, eco-friendly way?

Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 | By Nicole Easterday |