You can see that everything has the USDA Certified Organic label.
Anything with this label is supposed to be certified organic and GMO Free. Of course, you still need to look at the ingredients to see if everything is organic. (Nothing is easy when it comes from the government!)
I had a gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma (my favorite cooking store!!) so I decided to purchase a yogurt machine so we can make our own organic yogurt at home.
Cuisinart Yogurt Machine
To begin, you needed to measure out either 6 oz. of organic yogurt, or purchase starter cultures. I opted for the yogurt. Once you do this, out of each batch you hold 6 oz. back, and are able to reuse the starter indefinitely.
Oikos Organic 0% plain yogurt
(I swear there’s yogurt in the bowl…I didn’t realize that it wasn’t easily seen in the white bowl. )
Anyway, what you do is add the yogurt to 4 cups of organic milk, set the machine, and let it go. The setting I had it at was for 6 hours, (the recommended time) and then it goes into cooling mode and stays there until you turn it off.
It turned out kind of watery, but I plan on straining off the whey (using cheesecloth) to make it into the thickness of Greek yogurt.
Homemade yogurt in Weck jars
For dinner one night Sophia wanted ravioli so I bought some frozen (Celentano) and made that for dinner. I couldn’t find out if this brand is GMO free on the internet, and I just realized right now that on the ingredient list, it has modified corn starch. Also, I read last night that it’s possible that xanthan gum is potentially modified also. I’m fairly certain that it’s not GMO free. Companies are so sneaky…you almost need a chemistry degree to read the ingredients.
In the near future, I would love to get a pasta maker attachment for my Mom’s Kitchenaid stand mixer.
This was the ingredient list:
Grrrrr! Moving on (we all make mistakes…learn from mine.)
I bought one of the Kashi Certified GMO Free cereals…Cinnamon Harvest and it tastes great. The only issue I have is that it’s made by Kellogg, who is currently being boycotted by GMO Free USA. Which I found out yesterday. (I was on my computer a lot of the day ) I’m trying, that’s all I have to say.
Kashi GMO Free cereal
Something that I did make this week was Clean Eating Granola and it turned out fantastic, AND is preservative and GMO Free. (It is so easy to make, and a lot cheaper then buying at the store.)
I decided to replace the Goji Berries with raisins. Oh, and this will go great with the homemade yogurt!
The finished product after baking:
And, it looks very nice when put into Ball Jars. You could even give it as a gift for holidays!
Fit and Clean Clean Eating Granola Recipe (makes to large jars full)
4 cups regular oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chopped slivered almonds (or nut of your choice)
1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup apple juice (I juiced my own but store bought is fine)
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
4 teaspoons canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cooking spray (I have a Misto sprayer that I used with the organic Canola Oil)
1/2 cup of dried fruit (raisins, apples, goji berries, etc)
Preheat oven to 300*
Mix together first 5 ingredients
In a small sauce pan, add apple juice, brown sugar, and honey. Stirring frequently, heat until sugar dissolves
Add the two mixtures together stirring to combine
Spray a large baking pan (or 2!) with cooking spray and bake at 300* for 10 minutes.
Stir every 10-15 minutes and cook until golden brown. Mine took 1 hour, but I should have used 2 pans. If 2 pans are used, I would say 20-25 minutes on average.
After baking stir in dried fruit.
The next post will be about my hockey-puck-like bread…but I will post a picture of the loaf that actually turned out and tasted GREAT. Recipe to come soon…
Homemade Organic Boule