From Scratch Club Academy: Review + Giveaway


Last week I attended one of From Scratch Club’s ‘academy classes’ at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa.  These small-enrollment demo classes are taught by the awesome ladies and friends of From Scratch Club.  They offer both on-location (think: you’re friends in your kitchen!) or at community spaces like Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa or the Troy Arts Center.

The classes are $48 which is a super deal (I’ll explain more later) and includes all materials and fees plus a From Scratch Club goodie bag.  Maximum class size is 10, so you’ll really get some hands-on experience.

Some of the many FSC Academy classes include:

  • Preserving 101
  • Makin’ Bacon
  • Breadmaking and other pantry staples
  • Jams, Jellies & Preserves: What’s the Difference?
  • FSC Holiday: Edible Gifts & DIY Home and Body
  • Fermenting Abundance- Preserving Veggies
  • ALL class *listings and dates here*

From Scratch Club: Home Dairy 101

As you may know by now, I am NOT a foodie.  Remember how nervous I was for Once A Month cooking and the From Scratch Club Food Swap?  Yep, I was nervous for Home Dairy too.

We walked in and she was finishing up making Ricotta cheese (which is the first thing I tried successfully to make at home by myself!).  Our class started in the kitchen where we got a hands-on look at the cheese-making process and all the tools required.
FSC contributor and mama Elizabeth Russell was our instructor and from the first minute I arrived, I knew I was in good hands!  In addition to having tons of personal experience making cheese and yogurts, Liz had attended classes with cheese experts, done lots of research and experimenting, and holds a degree in chemistry.

Once our ricotta was finished, we gathered in the classroom area to eat the ricotta, and sample Liz’s homemade butter, yogurt, granola and jam; all delicious.

Ok, we didn’t JUST eat, we also talked more about home dairy and really covered all the nitty gritty details and best practices.  We followed our comprehensive course guide; which includes most of what we discussed in class, and tons of recipes to try at home.  I was very impressed at how organized this class was.  Obviously the gals at From Scratch Club put a lot of time and effort into the details and it shows.

After our classroom discussion and question and answers, the class moved back into the kitchen.  Unfortunately I had to leave a little early, so I missed the portion on making mozzarella, but I  was excited to have already learned a ton!

I was even more excited to open my goody bag and find literally everything I needed to get started at home; cheese salt, citric acid, butter muslin, rennet, recipes, and more goodies!  (take Home Dairy 101 if you don’t know what those ingredients are!!!)

Liz was a fabulous instructor and someone I really admire.  Like all the FSC ladies, Liz obviosuly puts a lot of care and effort into what she feeds her family.

I’ve learned so much from reading the From Scratch Club blog and attending FSC events!  I’ll be hosting an FSC Academy class at MY kitchen soon and will be sure to write about it!

 Now it’s your turn!

Enter to WIN a Free From Scratch Club Academy Class of your choice!

The giveaway is for one ‘free class’ ($48 value) is good for any of the FSC Academy classes in 2012 at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa.

There are two more classes in September,  Makin’ Bacon on Tuesday, September 11th and Fermenting Abundance- Preserving Veggies on Tuesday, September 18th.

OR you can wait until the next series of classes are annoucned that will start in October.  A few classes included would be FSC Holiday: Edible Gifts, or DIY Home & Body, and Water-bath Canning for Fall.

Here’s How to Enter (up to 3 chances to enter)

Giveaway ends on Sunday, September 9th at 10pmEST.  Winner will be chosen using and notified via email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email and if no response, another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!!

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  1. shelby robertson on

    Oh I definitely need the Home Dairy 101! This is another great offering in our community. Sounds fun to do with friend or even partner for some fun “mom& dad time”!

  2. I loved the Dairy 101 class! I haven’t made cheese at home yet, but I’m just waiting for a small window of time to do it. The next FSC class I want to take is Makin’ Bacon.

  3. Wow, great idea for classes. Many of them sound right up my alley but being that my kids love yogurt and many other dairy items, the dairy 101 class sounds like a good start!

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