How does cheesemaking fit into food preservation? Well, if you had farm animals, even just a couple of nanny goats, producing gallons of milk faster than you could drink or sell it, you'd need to find safe ways to make it keep. And cultured milk (cheese, yogurt, kefir, some butters, etc.) keeps way longer than even refrigerated milk.
Okay, so maybe, like me, you don't have any goats or other farm animals to get your milk from. Making our own yogurt and cheese at home is still an opportunity to choose what kind of milk goes into them (I get mine from a local organic farm).
Although you can get fancy with special equipment and sterilizing jars and so on, remember that simple, delicious, safe to eat cheeses have been made without much ado in family kitchens for millenia.
If you aren't already making your own dairy products, here are a few easy ones to get started with:
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