Do I use it for cooking or heating anything that my family consumes?
No. I haven’t used a microwave to heat or cook anything in many, many years. I much prefer my small countertop convection oven which doesn’t heat food unnaturally and create carcinogens like a microwave does.
Why don’t I just remove the microwave from my kitchen then?
The truth is that the microwave can function as a handy airtight cupboard and proves quite useful for other tasks besides cooking and heating believe it or not.
I mentioned in one of my videos that I frequently use it for airtight, room temperature storage of freshly baked breads, cookies, and other baked goods.
It also works very well for making homemade raw yogurt.
What about Greek yogurt? Is Greek yogurt better? While not necessarily healthier, if you make it yourself as described below allowing sufficient time for probiotic inoculation, it is certainly a nutritious choice! It is ultimately a personal preference as long as the yogurt is fermented properly.
If you don’t have access to raw yogurt, whether regular or Greek, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Pasteurized yogurt even if organic pales in comparison to the digestibility and nutrient value of raw yogurt, so if you are able to snag some raw milk from a local farm, here’s how to make it into raw yogurt.
*This helpful recipe idea was given to me by my friend Cynthia Calisch, who has passed away. May she rest in peace.
Raw Yogurt Recipe
Warm the raw milk on the stove to between 105 - 117F. No enzymes or nutrition is lost heating to this temperature but the warmed milk enables the yogurt culture to "take" better than room temperature raw milk.
Pour about a half a cup of the warmed milk into the mason jar and mix with the yogurt.
Pour the remaining warmed milk into the mason jar, stir and close the lid tightly.
Wrap the mason jar in a thick hand towel, secure with a rubber band and place inside your microwave closing the door. Leave the light in the microwave on to keep a bit of warmth inside.
In 24 hours, open the microwave and voila! You will have yourself a lovely quart of raw yogurt!
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist