We all have that crafty family member who knits beautiful sweaters, the co-worker whose baking skills makes Martha Stewart look like an amateur, or the friend of a friend who makes their own illegal booze (we’re talking moonshine—making beer and wine is legal). Do-it-yourself hobbies are rewarding whether you’re making seasonal jams from your own homegrown strawberries or you just decoupaged half the surfaces in your apartment. Luckily for those of us who aren’t The Next Great Baker and a far cry from those rednecks making mash in the backwoods of Kentucky, there are kits for us to buy and try our hand, and hopefully impress our overachieving peers, at making all sorts of foods and beverages.
This kit is perfect for beginners and includes everything you need to make eight different types of cheese. With this cheese making kit you’ll be able to make preservative-free Farmhouse Cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Colby, Parmesan, and Ricotta. The kit comes with detailed recipes and step-by-step procedures for making your own delicious cheeses. Their website also sells other cheese kits, like goat and mascarpone, tutorial DVDs, and helpful cheese making books.
Growing your own mushrooms doesn’t require a forest full of rotting trees anymore. With Back to the Roots Mushroom Garden you can grow up to 1 ½ pounds of gourmet, delicious Oyster Mushrooms right out of the box. In just as little as ten days and three easy steps your harvest will be ready for consumption. All you need is a kitchen window sill and to remember to mist your crop twice daily. Easy. This kit is environmentally friendly as well; the soil within the box is made from 100% recycled coffee grounds. Check out their website for great recipes using your freshly harvested Oyster mushrooms and see the ways in which Back to the Roots gives back to the environment and school kids.
EasiYo Yogurt Starter Kit ($39.00):
In three easy steps you can gain the healthy benefits of freshly prepared yogurt without leaving the house. Active/live cultures only can last for a few days so it’s beneficial to make your own at home to ensure you receive those benefits as well as ensuring a great taste. The starter kit includes a Yogurt Maker and Yogurt Jar where all the magic will be taking place. Also included is a package of fruit (optional) and living cultures to make your yogurt along with a yogurt cookbook and recipe booklet. For more fruit flavors, ice cream kits, tips, and great recipes using your fresh yogurt take a look at their website.
Beer lovers and DIYers will love this kit from Homebrewer’s Outpost. This kit can be used to make German Pilsners, American Wheat, Pumpkin Spice, Pale Ale, Amber Ales, Nut Brown Ales, Porters, Stouts, and Belgian styled beers with the ingredient packages. Once you decide which type of beer you’d like to make this kit is able to brew 16 pints (2 gallons) of beer, the perfect amount for apartment brew operations! The kit includes your selected batch ingredients, fermenting bucket with lid, all the needed parts and pieces, and 16 plastic PET bottles with screw caps. Once you have the start-up kit, it’ll be easy to stay in the season by brewing seasonal beers or keep your favorite seasonal beer flowing all year round by using their assortment of ingredient batches ($21.99-27.99).
People have been drinking kombucha for thousands of years to benefit from its health benefits and to enjoy the taste of fermented sweetened tea goodness. Now you can be a “kombrewer” too by following the kit’s easy instructions. The kit includes the needed tools, two amber growlers, and organic, fair-trade tea and sugar cane to make four one-gallon brews. The Deluxe kit includes Brooklyn Kombucha’s signature blend of black, green, and white teas. Check their website’s store for flavors not included in the kit such as the Flavor Sampler ($10) which includes Blueberry Bonanza, Tart Cherry, and Red Ginger and others.