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Speaking of stevia, I just started six stevia plants yesterday! Well, I hope they turn into stevia plants. I bought a 3mg packet of stevia seed, didn't realize there would only be 12 seeds in it. So if you ever decide to buy some seed, keep that in mind!

My neighbor is a master gardener and a very talented lady, she steeps a tea out of stevia to use for sweetening things, but she warned me that it goes very bitter very fast- does not store well at all.

We did try a ricotta dessert last Friday- I thought it was pretty good, but my husband thought it was weird. I thought it needed more cocoa powder, he thought it needed more splenda.

Today I made homemade low fat yogurt for the first time, and it tastes 1,000 times better than anything I've eaten in a while. Had one tablespoon of white sugar per quart though, I am hoping it doesn't totally kill my diet. Supposedly the sugar is to feed the bacteria, but after all they're quite tiny, maybe they won't eat it all, LOL.
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Was the yogurt low fat because you used low fat milk? I've made yogurt with whole and 2% milk before and never have I added sugar. I wonder if using really low fat milk means the bacteria doesn't have enough food and that's why you need to add [sign in to see URL] be worth trying it without!
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I've often wondered if there is a way to crystalize stevia, without all the hulabaloo of modern machinery. I'd think it would be a quite indepth process, but may be worth looking into. I had talked about planting some stevia with my DH just this morning, and he's game to give it a shot. We both feel that cane sugar and the imitation stuff (Splenda, or equivalent) are not helping our weight problems, so want to see if we can find a suitable alternative, that's natural, but not nasty. I know, for like hot tea, you can just put a stevia leaf in as you steep your tea, and it will sweeten it, but a little goes a LONG way, so you have to watch how long you let it steep, or you get something so sweet you can't drink it LOL

Thanks for the heads-up on the seed packet, Rebecca! Will definitely keep that in mind. I need to start either gathering my herb seeds, or seeing who's got seedlings that are healthy and were started organically. Don't want commercial pesticides on my stuff, thank you very much emoticon

Yeah, the ricotta dessert is a bit weird, texture wise, but I don't see why you couldn't add more [sign in to see URL] even a tad bit more sweetener. Have your DH maybe add a dab of honey, instead of the Splenda and mix it in well. May be just enough to give it that extra sweetness, without the added 'BLEH' of the Splenda. Sometimes, you just gotta play around with some of this stuff.

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TexasMadness, I think I just happened to stumble across a recipe that called for sugar when I was surfing the net. I am going to try it without the sugar next time. A couple of my yogurt making friends on facebook don't think the sugar is necessary either. I used 1% milk, and I enriched it with non fat powdered milk to boost the protein and help it thicken. The texture after a ten hour warm bath was pretty good!

Saijen, I think I'm going to try a ricotta/homemade yogurt blended dessert next time around. I think that would be pretty tasty!

Good luck with your stevia growing! The seeds can take 2-3 weeks to germinate once they are planted, so seedlings may be the way to go. I just happened to see the packet of seed at the store and though 'why not?' Hoping it works out for me.

I have been shooting myself in the foot on this diet because I'd been neglecting to count the milk I put in my coffee. A little splash here and there add up, especially when you drink as much coffee as I do. Haven't really lost any more weight this week, but the official weigh in will be Sunday.
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I've gone back to 3.5% organic yoghurt, since it tastes so much better. The diet I follow suggests plenty of veggies and fats, while controlling starches and protein - works so far. I'm not losing a lot of weight (not doing it very strictly, either), but I have found that I can now grow muscle and be in better shape, by doing the same daily exercise as always. And my constant sinus problems are easing.

Anyway, good luck, and yay for making your own yoghurt!

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Rebecca, the ricotta and yogurt dessert sounds yummy!! It's odd how a cheese can be turned into a really nice dessert, but we did enjoy them. It'll be interesting to hear how your altered dessert turns out!!!


Firle, I'm SO glad to hear your sinus situation has finally started to ease up. You've been dealing with that for quite a while!

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Well I haven't experimented with a ricotta/yogurt dessert yet, but the new batch of yogurt I made today turned out grainy... dare I say, much like ricotta?

My thermometer malfunctioned mid milk heating, the milk was practically boiling and the temp was only registering at 110 F. Oops! So I think I probably separated the milk, that is what went wrong. I bet if I strain this I will basically have ricotta. It is not as good as the first batch, but I didn't add any sugar. Ah well, fun to learn!

We are now on the less restrictive phase two of the diet. DH is discouraged, says he hasn't lost any more weight. I am down another pound or two. Nothing drastic, but it's supposed to be slow going weight loss from here on out. If I could stop eating too many almonds! emoticon
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Must be something in the air! I tried to make yogurt last night and my thermometer went out too! I thought everything seemed fine and then started smelling that "cooked milk" smell. I was supposed to be at 125F but I got something like ricotta too! I've made ricotta before - and yes, it's basically just boiled milk with a starter in it - usually vinegar or lemon juice - to get the separation going. Try straining it and seeing!
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Well Rebecca and [sign in to see URL] just sux about the thermometers! emoticon

What kind of thermometers do y'all use? I have one for candy [sign in to see URL]'s a big ole thick thing and comes with a 'sleeve' that has measurments and such on it. Think I only paid about $3 for it at Walmart several years ago when I was going to attempt making some candy around Christmas.

Would either of you care to share your yogurt recipes? DH and I both love yogurt with fruit in it. Could maybe get a little fresh milk when I order my next batch of cream for [sign in to see URL] attempt making some yogurt. [sign in to see URL] the milk I press out of the butter be too thin to make yogurt???? It would seem that, if you can make cottage cheese with it, you could do yogurt, too. emoticon What do y'all think????

Rebecca, yeah, the further along you go in the SB Diet, the slower the weight seems to come off, BUT, losing too fast is not a good thing, and it rarely stays off if you lose too fast. [sign in to see URL], while a pain, is better. Tell your DH not to get too discouraged, and to just try to hang on.

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Weird that our thermometers both went out!

Mine was an electric style one that I have had for a while. I had another, but that one died after the first time I made yogurt. I think I need to spring for a candy style one.

The ricotta/yogurt is actually pretty good, though I never did get around to straining it. I found that mixing some in with sugar free pudding makes for a decent dessert. I suspect I am overdoing it on the dairy a little bit, but it's hard to care. I am a diehard dairy fanatic. Comes from my first job being at a dairy store, I think.

Saijen, I think I will start a yogurt making thread and post the steps that I followed there. I don't know if the buttermilk would be too thin, but make mine with 1% milk and add powdered nonfat dry milk to help it thicken.

Texas, I would love to hear what you do! Having only made yogurt a mere two times I know I have a lot to learn.

Another thought on stevia- I was at a garden club meeting last night, and we had a speaker from the nearby food co-op. She brought in samples of different types of stevia. There's the powdered form, and then the liquid in a dropper bottle. She made sugar free 'soda', it was carbonated water, lime juice, and about 12 drops of liquid stevia- it was REALLY good!
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