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Sugar Free Banana & Strawberry kefir ice cream

26 Jan
Our Lemon Kefir Ice Cream post created a bit of a stir, quite a few readers asked me for a Sugar-free version – so here it is 🙂
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While our Lemon Ice Cream is divine, it really needs the sugar to balance the acidity & create that yummy Lemon Curd flavour, I don’t recommend making it without sugar unless you are really, really big on sour desserts!!
So with quite a lot of kefir experimenting we have our yummy Banana & Strawberry Kefir Ice Cream which is perfect without any Sugar – you are still getting your pro-biotic goodness just with the added benefit of a healthy serving of fruit.
To make sure this ice cream is just right for you & your family I recommend tasting the mix before placing it in your ice cream maker. If it isn’t sweet enough add another banana to the mix. Be sure to use extra ripe banana’s for their softer texture & added sweetness.
 Sugar Free Banana & Strawberry Kefir Ice Cream a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 3 ripe banana’s
  • 1 c kefir milk
  • 1 1/2c kefir cream (make the same as with milk kefir just let it ferment for a little longer)
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 500gms strawberries

Blend your 3 banana’s with 1 c kefir milk until its smooth. Add the remaining ingredients & blend for 30 seconds (if you want to have strawberry lumps) or blend for longer to make it smooth.

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Pour your cool mixture into your ice cream machine & wait for magic to happen!

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Lemon Kefir Ice Cream

12 Sep

This Ice Cream is the best Ice Cream I have ever tasted hands down & thats saying a lot. In my previous life I used to have one of those pink loyalty cards for Mr Baskin’s in my wallet – I think I have  tried all 31 flavours several times.

And this ice cream beats all 31 – hands down!

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Think rich, sweet, creamy lemon curd – but in Ice Cream – eat your heart out Mr Baskin’s

The bright citrus burst of lemon works perfectly with the effervescent nature of the tangy kefir cream. It produces a dense rich ice cream that will keep you coming back for more & more & more

My “Miss Two” loves this ice cream just as much as me, so it’s an all-round winner!

To make the Kefir Cream  – ferment your kefir as normal just use cream instead of milk & ferment it for 48 hours to ensure it is well fermented & has thickened nicely. (only use pure cream, not thickened).

This ice cream is so easy to make, all you need is 4 ingredients & an ice cream maker & hey presto you will have yummy ice cream.

Lemon Kefir Ice Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 c kefir cream
  • 1 lemon zested & the juice
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1 T Vanilla extract

Whisk all of the above ingredients to combine.

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Follow your ice cream makers instruction & pour into your ice cream maker & wait for the magic to begin.

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Enjoy this ice cream with our yummy honey dumplings – they go perfectly together!

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Enjoy & just call me, Mrs Baskin’s

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Easy Home made butter in your blender

30 Aug

I am lazy, a somewhat sad, but ultimately true fact!

The other day while discussing our favourite Organic brands with another Mum, I happened to mention that I like a certain type of store brought butter, to which the other Mum replied that she never buys butter & makes all the butter her family consumes.

A bad bout of Mummy guilt ensued!

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I don’t buy some of my butter, I buy ALL of my butter. So off I went to the supermarket in pursuit of pure cream to churn into butter – to dampen my Mummy guilt.

Home I came with my cream, excited to have a go. Only to consult the internet & find that making butter is a multi-step process that requires special butter bats (Whatever they are?) & lots of rinsing & kneading & other fun stuff.

Did I mention I am lazy??

So my cream languished away in the fridge, while I mustered the enthusiasm to get up close & personal with it & knead it into submission (butter).

Then I had an idea surely I could get my blender to do all the work, while I supervised! Thus this butter recipe was created. I find that this butter lasts just as long as butter made with lots of washing & kneading – just without all that time & effort!

Easy Blender Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 600mls Pure Cream – make sure it is just 100% cream, no thickeners etc
  • Salt, I use about a teaspoon –  but you can do it to taste – I like it salty

I made my butter in Bella (my Thermomix knock off).

To start pour in the cream & beat at the highest setting for two to three minutes. The fat (butter solids) separates from the buttermilk & the fat ends up above the blades.

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Pour off the buttermilk (saving it for baking, pancakes etc) all the while kneading & pressing the butter solids against the edges of the blender jug to squeeze out as much butter milk as you can.

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Once you have pressed out as much buttermilk as you can. You can add your salt & refrigerate your butter as is  – but it will only last a few days.

Or, you can wash your butter by adding water to cover your butter & a few ice cubes to your blender & blending for 30 seconds – this will wash & knead your butter for you :). You can omit the ice cubes if you live in a cold climate, they are just to keep the butter solid.

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Pour off the water, squeezing & kneading your butter with your spatula to remove all liquid, if your water is quite milky you can repeat the process until your water runs clear.

Then add your salt & put it into your container & viola you will have homemade butter and be the envy of all the other mums, without all the effort !!

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It will be our “Little Secret”

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Easy healthy frozen yoghurt ice cream

21 May

Looking for a healthy alternative to ice cream?

Then I have the answer for you. Its super easy to make & delicious!

This ice cream requires no cooking, simply mix & let your ice cream maker do all the hard work while you wait poised with bowl & spoon, ready to devour icy, creamy, raspberry heaven.

I know that the weather is starting to cool down in our neck of the woods, but in our house we would have ice cream 365 days a year – rain. hail or shine. So if its too cold for you to eat ice cream, that just means you need to bake a cake or an apple pie to serve with it, problem solved 🙂

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This recipe is a great way to use up your homemade yoghurt (or to convince your kids to consume more yoghurt). You can make a million flavour variations depending on what jam concoctions you have lying around.

This ice cream will taste good to your “little one’s” & still satisfy us “not-so-little-ones”. And it is good for you to boot with its the natural probiotics from the cultured yoghurt, goodness of the fruit & who can forget about those magic little nutritional bursts from the chia seeds.

So its really not such a naughty treat after all!!

Healthy frozen yoghurt a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

Prepare your ice cream maker as per instructions. I have an old freeze & churn ice cream machine, it does mean you have to plan in advance as it takes over 24 hours to freeze, but it does the job 🙂

In a bowl mix your yoghurt, rapadurra sugar, vanilla extract & stevia. Pour into your ice cream maker & start it churning. Once it begins to form soft serve add your raspberry & chia seed jam & let it continue to churn until fully frozen. I add the jam later in the churning process as if you don’t churn it too much you can end up with a raspberry ribbon – yum!

I have used rapadurra sugar in this recipe but you can replace it with a sweetener you prefer or even with  ripe bananas if you prefer. I use rapadurra sugar now as the reports on Agave syrup are not good, it would seem it is not the health food it is touted to be, but a high fructose cocktail that is no better than refined sugar. So for now Stevia & Rapadurra are my sugar’s of choice. But I make no promises that as I become more informed that this won’t change  – but I will share my thoughts with you as I make these changes.

So what are you waiting for, go forth & make frozen yoghurt.

What is your favourite frozen treat to make?

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Make your own cheese from yoghurt and kefir

7 May

For the love of all things Cheesy. We have been on a quest to make our own cheese around here.

But being the patient folk that we are, we didn’t even bother attempting any of the traditional cheese recipes that take weeks & months to cure. Because by the time that cheese is ready, I can guarantee there will only be crumbs left!!

So in our quest for healthy more “instant” cheese we have started making cheese from our very own homemade yoghurt & kefir.

Not only do these cheeses have the benefit of being virtually “instant” and tasting great but they are also filled with gut-feeding healthy probiotics. Triple whammy!!

While we stay away from milk, we are loving our fermented dairy & the wide range of products we can make from them. Unlike traditional dairy products that are rich in proteins that are hard to digest and can cause sinus congestion, asthma and eczema. Naturally fermented dairy products have healthy bacteria’s that pre-digest those proteins and stop them causing unwanted reactions in the body, whilst also healing the gut and helping to ward off un-healthy bacteria that can make us sick.

Yoghurt cheese is a Super Food!!

Who knew something so tasty could be so good for you??

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So whats the difference between yoghurt cheese & kefir cheese?

In my opinion, a slight tang.

Kefir cheese is a little more tangy and firm while the yoghurt cheese is often more creamy and mild.

So go get cheese making and enjoy fresh, natural unprocessed cheese with pro-biotic goodness & no nasties. No stabilisers, no thickeners, no flavour enhances just pure natural goodness.

Yoghurt or Kefir Cheese Balls a’la Mama Going Natural

  • A nice firm batch of yoghurt or alternatively a thicker batch of kefir that has been fermented till it goes thick (approximately 750ml)
  • 1 t Himalayan or vegetable salt
  • A glass jar
  • A rubber band (or hair tie!)
  • Two pieces of cheese cloth or muslim
  • Another jar to store your cheese in
  • 250ml olive oil
  • Herbs, garlic, salt and pepper to taste

Firstly boil your cheese cloth or muslim to sterilise it & sterilise your jar with boiling water.

Add your salt to your yoghurt or kefir & stir in.

Put one of your cloths across the opening of the jar & push a little way into the jar to create a pouch, secure in place with your rubber band. Pour in your salted yoghurt or kefir & leave to drain in your refrigerator for at least 24 hours. I find yoghurt cheese needs 48 hours & a little bit of stirring to remove as much of the liquid (whey) as possible.

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Once your cheese mix has drained until it is a little firmer to the touch (the yoghurt will always be a little moist & sticky). Roll it into a basic log & wrap it in your second piece of muslim, which should be dry. Place your cheese log in the refrigerator for another 12-24 hours for the cloth to absorb the excess moisture & the cheese to firm up.

Don’t discard the liquid that has collected in your jar from the draining process, this is whey & is chock fill with pro-biotic goodness. Use it to make lacto-fermented vegetables or add it to your smoothies for a probiotic pick me up.

Once the cheese has rested & firmed up you can begin to prepare your oil. Firstly sterilise your storing jar with boiling water. Then chop your fresh herbs and garlic and add them to the oil along with any herbs or spices you might like to add. Our favourites are smoky paprika with garlic and pepper, or basil and garlic. Pour your oil mix into the jar and get to work on your cheese balls.

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You can roll your cheese into balls or flatten them out into little oval discs so you can fit more in your jar.

Alternatively you can roll your cheese balls in herbs or spices before placing them in the oil, this adds great flavour to your cheese!

Once your cheese balls are in your oil mix put them in the refrigerator & try to leave them for 24 – 48 hours for the flavours to infuse. But if you can’t whose going to notice a few sneaky ones missing here & there.

Your cheese balls can keep in the refrigerator covered in oil for 6 months, the longer they stay in there the better they get – trust me. Not that any of mine have hit the 6 month mark yet, but surely if I make enough……..one day!!

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Want to get started, then get making some yoghurt, find out how to here

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Home Made Yoghurt

12 Apr

Yoghurt is one of life’s staples for us, nothing beats a big bowl of yoghurt & fruit on a hot Queensland day.

I have always thought of yoghurt as “healthy”. Something that not only tastes good but also gives you a little pro-biotic pick me up. So imagine my dissapointment when I found out that most store brought yoghurts despite their “pot set” claims, actually contain very little live probiotics & all sorts of hidden nasties like thickening agents, stabilisers & flavour enhances (yuk!).

Not wanting to give up our yoghurt we embarked on our very own “yoghurt making adventures”.

And boy have I had a few adventures, firstly I started off trying to make yoghurt in a glass jar  stored in a thermal lunch bag, this method produced yoghurt, but it was runny. I then tried the water bath method this too produced runny yoghurt & was a royal pain as the water bath had to constantly keep being re-filled with hot water to keep it at the right temperature. I finally bit the bullet & brought a soup thermos, now we are producing lovely pot set style yoghurt – still not quite as creamy or as firm as the pot set yoghurt you buy from the supermarket – but minus all the gelatine, thickening agents and other nasties.

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How to make home made yoghurt a’la Mamma Going Natural

All you need is

  • 500mls milk
  • candy or deep fry thermometer
  • 1 T pot set natural greek yoghurt to use as your yoghurt starter
  • A large opening thermos designed for soups & meals

Pour your  milk into a saucepan to heat (I use raw unpasteurised jersey cow milk) heat it to roughly between 40 to 45 degrees celsius, check the temperature with your thermometer. Once the milk is at about 43 degrees take it off the heat & add  your 1 T of yoghurt ( I have found the Pauls all natural yoghurt in a tub to be the best, the Jalna brand made a much softer, sloppier yoghurt) whisk in the yoghurt until its fully combined. Then pour it all into your thermos & place somewhere warm to do its thing – I leave the yoghurt for 12 to 24 hours checking it periodically to see if it has turned into yoghurt, once it has turned we then refrigerate & enjoy.

Be sure to save 1-2 T  of your yoghurt as this can then be used as your yoghurt starter for your next batch & in theory you should never have to buy yoghurt again 🙂

Because I am using raw un-pasteurised milk I don’t let the milk get above 45 degrees as this would kill all of the naturally occurring bacteria in the milk & negate my paying exorbitant prices for the opportunity to have pure un-adulterated milk straight from the cow!

To learn more about how amazing raw milk is visit realmilk.com

If you want to pasteurise the milk or are using pasteurised milk then heat the milk to 70 degrees & hold it at 70 degrees for five minutes before letting it cool to 40-45 degrees before adding your yoghurt starter.

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*When we first started making yoghurt I thought the more yoghurt starter we added the better, but this produced sloppy yoghurt. Less yoghurt starter = a creamier more pot set style of yoghurt, don’t ask me why or how!

*If at first you don’t succeed consider changing your yoghurt starter, not all “pot set” yoghurts are equal & many contain very little live yoghurt cultures, their flavour & consistency is more the result of chemicals & thickening agents rather than live probiotic cultures. So if your yoghurt doesn’t work consider trying another brand to use as a starter.

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