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Homemade Raw Milk Yogurt Recipe

This Homemade Raw Milk Yogurt recipe is a probiotic-rich food you can easily make. No yogurt maker or machine is needed for this budget and family-friendly recipe. All the benefits of raw milk are preserved in a delicious yogurt, cultured on your very own countertop. Follow along in the simple step by step directions or watch the video.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Culture Time: 12-18 hours

Servings: 8 servings

Equipment

  • 1 quart (liter) glass jar with lid
  • kitchen towel or cheesecloth
  • rubber band

Ingredients

  • 4 cups raw milk
  • 4 tablespoons raw milk yogurt mother culture

Instructions

  1. Measure 4 cups of raw milk into a glass or plastic container.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of mother culture and mix well.
  3. Cover with a towel or cheesecloth, secure with a rubber band.
  4. Set on the counter in a warm spot about 70-77°F/20-25°C, out of direct sunlight.
  5. Culture for 12-18 hours. Check by gently tilting the jar. If the yogurt separates from the side of the jar with a clean break, it is done. If it is still very liquid and pours up the side like milk, return it to the counter and check again later.
  6. Once set, refrigerate for at least 6 hours before eating.

Notes

  • Follow the ratio of 1 tbsp starter : 1 cup raw milk, up to 8 cups per container.
  • See post for specific starters we use.
  • See post text for details on crockpot and Instant pot methods.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Homemade Raw Milk Yogurt Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check our keto and carnivore cookbooks too!

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Pemmican

This pemmican recipe combines the two most essential ingredients for human health: animal meat and fat. It is one of my easy keto recipes that is a long-lasting option for backpacking, hiking, camping and other forms of travel because it won’t spoil, smush or spill. 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 454 grams meat dried and ground
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons herbs and spices optional
  • 454 grams tallow melted

Instructions

  1. Melt the tallow in an oven-safe container or double boiler over medium-low heat. At 350° F/175° C, it takes about 10 minutes in the oven.
  2. Combine the meat, salt, and optional herbs and spices in a bowl.
  3. Once the tallow is melted, but not too hot, pour over the dry material and combine well. There should be just enough tallow to moisten all the meat but not make puddles. If the fat does not completely incorporate the dry meat, add a little more. Mix well.
  4. Transfer into an 8×8-inch baking dish to set. Then score into squares and store in an airtight container.

Notes

See notes in recipe text for the best way to dry meat.

In place of cutting into squares, it is also possible to roll the mixture in your hands like a meatball and form small balls.

Silicon molds and standard or mini muffin size pans are also useful for forming uniform shaped pieces. Chocolate or soap molds can both be used for this purpose if they have a shape you like.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Pemmican Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out our keto and carnivore cookbooks too!

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Easy Braised Beef Shank

Follow an easy 4-step process to slow cook Braised Beef Shank carnivore style. It is a nourishing and affordable low-carb meal for any time of the year.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 4

Equipment (choose one)

  • Cast iron skillet with a lid
  • Dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tallow butter, ghee, or other cooking fat
  • 4 pieces beef shank 1-inch thick, 8 ounces each
  • 2-3 cups bone broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus extra as needed

Instructions

  1. Heat cooking fat in a cast iron or heavy bottom skillet with a lid or Dutch oven. Brown both sides of the beef shanks, about 2-3 minutes per side, until a golden-brown crust forms.
  2. Pour broth over shanks. Use at least 2 cups of broth. There should be enough broth to cover the meat ½ to ¾ of the way up the side. Season with salt. Bring it to a simmer.
  3. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid, but leave a small opening for the steam to escape.
  4. Cook over low heat for 3 hours, until the meat falls off the bone. Serve warm in liquid.

Notes

Keto Osso Buco In the last 30 minutes of the cooking time, add any of the vegetable and herb combinations listed in the recipe post and simmer with the meat.

Oven option Follow steps 1-2 then after the broth is at a simmer, put the lid on and transfer to the oven to bake for 2 hours.

Crockpot option Place meat in the bottom of a slow-cooker, pour broth over and season with salt. Cover with the lid and turn on low. Cook for 4-6 hours until easily falls off the bone.

Instant pot option Season the meat. Turn on the Instant pot and select sauté. Once hot add cooking fat to the pot and sear the meat, about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Add in broth. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook for 35 minutes. Natural release pressure for 15 minutes then manually release the remaining pressure.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Easy Braised Beef Shank Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Organ Meat Pie

Organ meats are some of the most affordable meats and happen to also be some of the most nutritious parts too. This nourishing combination of ground beef, liver and heart baked into a meat pie is simple and satiating.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground beef heart
  • ½ pound ground beef liver
  • Tallow or butter, ghee, other cooking fat
  • 3 eggs
  • salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Lightly brown the meat in fat in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Salt to taste.
  • Pour evenly into a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until egg is set.
  • Remove from heat, cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy leftovers cold.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Organ Meat Pie Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Carnivore Meatballs with Beef Heart

Ultra-simple carnivore style meatballs are made with 3 ingredients in 4 easy steps and packed with zinc, selenium, B vitamins, and CoQ10.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Equipment

  • 8×8-inch square glass baking dish

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground beef heart
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Mix the two ground meats in a bowl until well combined. Season with salt.
  • Scoop approximately 2 ounces and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball shape.
  • Place in a small glass baking dish.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350*F (175*C) for 20 minutes.
  • Juices will run onto the baking dish once meat is cooked through. Serve meatballs warm with this “sauce” spooned over.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Carnivore Meatball Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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3-Ingredient Carnivore Scotch Eggs (No Pork)

Crispy, greasy Carnivore Scotch Eggs are loaded with protein and make a great appetizer or main portion of the meal. The best part is that this pork-free version has only 3-ingredients!

Serve hot, pack into a picnic, or store in the fridge to use throughout the week.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 12 Scotch eggs

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef or chicken sausage
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 large boiled eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Line two small rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine beef (or chicken) and salt in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together and form into 12 meatballs. Place 6 meatballs on each of the lined baking sheets and press flat.
  • Place one boiled egg in the middle of each circle of meat and wrap the meat around the egg, leaving no gaps or holes.
  • Bake about 15 minutes, turn them over, and continue for another 10 minutes, until outside is golden brown. Place under the broiler to finish for 5 minutes for a crispy shell. Serve hot.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Carnivore Scotch Eggs Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Crustless Mini Meat Pies (with Hidden Liver)

These Crustless Mini Meat Pies with hidden liver are the perfect nutrient-dense addition to breakfast or lunch. Pack them in a lunchbox or keep in the fridge, they pair well with everything. It’s a great way to get your liver in without any unusual taste, texture, or appearance.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 12 mini pies

Equipment

  • 12-cup muffin pan

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ pound beef liver ground
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon tallow or other cooking fat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon herbs de Provence optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.
  • Combine meat and liver in a mixing bowl. Add in eggs, stir well to combine.
  • Melt the tallow or cooking fat and add to meat. Season with salt and optional herbs.
  • Grease a 12-cup muffin pan well or use cupcake liners. Spoon mixture into each well evenly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until done. Remove from oven and cool before removing. Serve warm or leftovers cold.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, visit the Crustless Meat Pies with Hidden Liver recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Easy Boiled Beef Kidney

You’ll be mind blown by how good this easy beef kidney recipe for keto and carnivore diets is! If you want to eat more nose to tail, this 3-step stovetop dish is a great way to normalize the presence of nutrient-dense organ meats in your home.

Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • small pot with lid

Ingredients

  • 1 beef kidney
  • salt to taste, optional
  • butter best cold, optional

Instructions

  • Fill a small pot with enough water to submerge the kidney.
  • Cover and bring water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat, add kidney and leave the lid cracked to allow heat to escape.
  • Boil for 8 minutes, monitor the heat so water does not boil over.
  • Remove from heat. Drain water and quickly rinse kidney under cool water if desired.
  • To serve, simply cut into half, medallions or bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle with optional salt to taste and eat with cold butter ad libitum.

Notes

The fat is excellent and should be left on.

Cooking time may vary due to the size of kidney. I cook the average beef kidney for 8 minutes, extra-large ones may go for as long as 10 minutes. Lamb, sheep, and goat kidneys are smaller, typically I only boil them for 4 to 5 minutes or so.

You want the kidney to boil for the full cooking time. Regulate temperature by adjusting the flame and setting the lid more or less cracked (open) to find the sweet spot of boiling but not boiling over.

For the printable recipe and complete recipe details, please visit The Easiest Beef Kidney Recipe on Primal Edge Health and check out The Carnivore Cookbook too!

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Goat Cheese Prosciutto Quiche

4 eggs

½ cup cream

4 ounce goat cheese

2 Tbs mayonnaise (optional)

2 Folio cheddar cheese shells or 4 ounces shredded cheese

3 ounces prosciutto

Pinch of salt


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Layer your 2 cheese shells in the bottom of a 6” sillicon round pan.

Bake cheese for 10 minutes.

Let cool.

Thoroughly whisk eggs, cream, mayo and salt together.

Once cheese crust has cooled, spread half the goat cheese onto the crust, layer with prosciutto and then layer the goat cheese and prosciutto again.

Slowly pour your egg mixture over the layers. 

Place your silicone pan on a sheet pan and bake covered with foil for 30 minutes.

Remove foil and bake for about 10 more minutes or until center is just set.

Let cool 10 minutes before slicing.


You can easily double this recipe to use a larger baking pan like a pie pan. If doing so, check at 40 minutes instead of 30 minutes.


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Breakfast Egg Taco

4 soft chicken tortillas

8-12 eggs

1 Tbs butter

½ pound diced bacon, sausage or other leftover meat

4 ounces of your favorite cheese

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

Heat your pan to a medium heat.

Cook your meat of choice in the pan.

Add in the butter and mix in the eggs, salt and pepper. 

Continue to cook the eggs until they are set.

Stir in cheese until melted. Remove from heat.

If your tortillas are too firm to fold, heat them up slightly in a pan on medium-low heat.

Load your tortillas up with your scrambled egg filling. 

Serve with your favorite hot sauce or enjoy as is. 

You can also wrap these up in foil and take them with you. They hold fairly well.