As you know, I’m a “from scratch” kind of girl. Sometimes I enjoy digging a bit deeper by making some of the ingredients for my cooking and baking. Making cheese at home is much easier than it sounds and with great starter kits, like the one I used from Cultures for Health, it was a total breeze.
Homemade cream cheese doesn’t taste quite like the cream cheese found in the small tubs at the grocery store. Because real cream cheese needs to sit at room temperature to ferment, it actually has a pleasant sour taste to it. When you make it at home, there won’t be any fillers or preservatives — that makes me feel good about serving it to my family. It’s a fun activity to do with kids, especially since homemade cheese making is a bit of a lost art.
This past weekend my youngest daughter and I put on our Christmas aprons, turned on some holiday tunes and made these eggnog cheesecake bars from scratch. First we started with the cream cheese – a very easy process. Then we made the grain free graham crackers for the crust followed by the eggnog. Sure it was extra work, but it gave me some quality time with my daughter and I got to teach her a few new things in the kitchen.
I’ve been so impressed with the products sold by Cultures for Health that I wrote and asked them to offer a giveaway. They provided a DIY Deluxe Cheese Making Kit and a Cream Cheese Starter for one lucky reader. This would make a fantastic Christmas gift and can be shipped to whomever you choose in the U.S. Enter this giveaway thru the Rafflecopter widget below:
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