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Stay Cultured!, Issue #001 -- Burgers, Berries And A Facial Scrub
May 03, 2013

Burgers, Berries And A Facial

Stay Cultured!, May 2013, Issue #001 -- Burgers, Berries And A Facial Scrub

Stay Cultured! brings you the latest additions in cultured dairy.

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In this issue...

1. What's new at Yogurt From Home

Two new sections have been added: FROZEN YOGURT and HOMEMADE YOGURT INGREDIENTS.

2. Exclusive recipes you won't find on the website... Main and Dessert

A mouth-watering homemade hamburger recipe... seasoned with cumin, paprika, nutmeg and cayenne. Replace ground beef with ground turkey or chicken for a lighter option. Top with a flavorful yogurt-cilantro sauce.

Follow by a light berry-yogurt dessert.

3. Beauty Recipe... Almond Yogurt Cleanser

Wash away the winter blahs... a facial cleanser to freshen and tone your skin. All natural. Made with ingredients from your kitchen.

What's New

How To Make Frozen Yogurt
Just in time for the warm weather. Directions to make frozen yogurt with and without an ice cream maker. Plus recipes for smooth, creamy vanilla, chocolate and strawberry frozen yogurt. More recipes will be added as summer approaches.

Homemade Yogurt Ingredients
The scoop on which ingredients work the best in culturing dairy at home. Along with tips of the trade. Not to mention which store offers the best selection of quality ingredients. At the best prices.

Save an easy $10 off your first purchase. The discount will automatically be put in your cart when you click on iHerb. That's where I buy my sweeteners, powdered milk plus lots more.

Hamburgers With Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce

This recipe is delicious. One night I made hamburgers, the next turkey meatballs. If you have extra cilantro add it to the ground meat.

Serves 4 to 6


1-1/2 cups plain yogurt 375 ml
2 tablespoons mayonnaise 30 ml
1 clove garlic, crushed
3/4 cup fresh cilantro (coriander) 185 ml
2 tablespoons olive oil 30 ml
1/2 teaspoon salt 2 ml
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Hamburgers or meatballs:
2 pounds ground beef (ground turkey, chicken or pork) 900 g
2 small onions, grated
1 teaspoon cumin 5 ml
1 teaspoon paprika 5 ml
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2-3 ml
1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1-2 ml, OR crushed red pepper flakes (adjust cayenne to how spicy you like food)
1 tablespoon soy sauce 15 ml
2 large free-range eggs, lightly whisked
3/4 cup breadcrumbs 180 ml
olive oil, for brushing


1. Place the yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, cilantro, oil, salt and sugar in a food processor. Process until smooth.

2. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

4. Mix the beef (turkey, chicken or pork), onions, salt, cumin, paprika, nutmeg, soy sauce, cayenne (or red pepper flakes), eggs and breadcrumbs together in a large bowl, until thoroughly combined. Rub olive oil on hands. Shape the mixture into 3-inch (8 cm) patties.

5. Brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Arrange the patties on the sheet. Bake until meat is tender, between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on how you like them. Note: Hamburger patties can be broiled, grilled or fried.

6. Transfer the hamburgers to a serving dish. Drizzle sauce over them. Serve immediately.

VARIATION: Replace ground beef with turkey, chicken or pork. Another variation is to shape ground meat into meatballs . Place on cookie sheet or pan. Broil in oven.

Mixed Yogurt-Berry Dessert

Simple and sophisticated, this light dessert is a perfect finish to a filling meal.

Serves 8


2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries 625 ml
1 cup plain yogurt 250 ml
1 cup cane sugar or honey 250 ml
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 15 ml
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1-2 ml


1. Thaw berries, if frozen. Place berries in food processor and process until fine.

2. Add yogurt, sugar or honey, lemon and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

3. Transfer to a glass bowl and serve immediately.

Almond-Yogurt Cleanser

Blend a few tablespoons (45-60 ml) almond meal with enough yogurt to make a paste that is easy to apply.

To make almond meal, grind or grate blanched, skinless almonds. A coffee grinder works well for grinding almonds (other nuts and spices too). Or purchase almond meal from cosmetic supply stores that carry natural products.

With your fingertips, massage face gently with this paste, using a circular motion. Allow to dry. Remove with a rinse of warm water.

Then splash cool water on your face to close the pores. This mask is effective for helping remove blackheads and toning up enlarged pores.

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See you next month!

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