Lacto-Fermenting the Garden and Long-Term Storage

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Along with dehydration, fermentation has been used for a very long time as a way to harness food preservation. Without refrigeration, canning, or freezing; these means of putting food up were critical for the safety and livelihood of cultures everywhere.

But in our modern day culture where these other high-energy means of food preservation are available, is it even necessary to pursue such a challenge? Is it too good to be true that you can ferment pickles in minutes of hands-on time instead of standing over a boiling canner in the height of summer? Is it possible to preserve food for months with an age-old method? After all, if it doesn’t actually preserve the pickle for long periods then, besides the health benefits, is it a practical solution?

After many years of practicing lacto-fermentation and talking to those who do the same – all without refrigeration – I’ve poked around to find the answer.

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Quick Kombucha Pickled Beet Salad

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The beets and kombucha in this recipe combine for a lovely flavor. If you prefer a little less zing in your salad, use milder kombucha.

Making Lemon and Orange Curd Cheese

Curd Cheese

Don’t have a fancy culture on hand? How about lemons and oranges? I tend to be pretty thrifty, so after coming across a coupon for free organic milk, I planned to make some cheese that didn’t require a culture. It’s basically a curd cheese that is acidified by the juices of lemons and oranges, so… 

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A Closer Look: The Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit

Organic Wheat Grass Kit

Today we are going to take a look at the Cultures for Health Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit.  This kit is a great way to grow your very own wheatgrass at home. Small apartment or kitchen? No problem with this kit’s perfectly sized growing tray and complete instructions. You’ll be enjoying organic wheatgrass juice in no… 

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Weekly Recap – June 27th Edition

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It’s time for the weekly recap.  Leave your favorite links or ideas in the comments below!