Keep ‘em Cozy, but Don’t Cook the Kefir Grains!

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Note from Shannon: Please welcome Bonni, Cultures for Health Customer Service Rep and Cultured-Kitchen Keeper.

When the seasons change and the weather begins to cool, we have to get creative with keeping appropriate temperatures for our cultures. I keep my house relatively cool in the Autumn and Winter months ~ 67ºF(19ºC) during the day and 63ºF(17ºC) at night. We stay cozy in sweaters or blankets, but cultures have a bit of a harder time.

So, here’s what works to keep my cultures cozy…

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Bonni

Bonni

Bonni started on the cultured foods path quite few years ago, beginning with sauerkraut. Since then, she has cultured yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, a variety of veggies, sour cream and gluten-free sourdough. She is a busy homeschool mom to her daughter, so is always looking for the most efficient and least time consuming ways to manage all of her culturing.

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Making Chevre is Easy! (photo tutorial and video)

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Note from Shannon: Please welcome Bonni, CFH Customer Service Representative and Cultured Kitchen-Keeper.

I’ve been culturing for years. You’d think I would be ready to take on any culturing task. Not so! Yes, I get nervous every single time I try something new. I’ve fermented sauerkraut and dilly beans using our recipes, but I was still nervous making our salsa recipe for the first time.

Recently I decided to try my hand and making cheese, beginning with chèvre. I’ve heard it was really easy. Still, I made my husband hang in the kitchen with me. To my surprise, it really was easy…even easier than I expected.

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Bonni

Bonni

Bonni started on the cultured foods path quite few years ago, beginning with sauerkraut. Since then, she has cultured yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, a variety of veggies, sour cream and gluten-free sourdough. She is a busy homeschool mom to her daughter, so is always looking for the most efficient and least time consuming ways to manage all of her culturing.

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Fizzy, Flavored Water Kefir (a great alternative to soda)

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Note from Shannon: I am pleased to bring the voices of our lovely contributors to this space every Tuesday. Please welcome Bonni, Cultures for Health Customer Representative and Cultured Kitchen-Keeper.

Water kefir is a favorite in my house. We love it because it is so versatile. You can choose to carbonate or not and the flavoring options are endless. If you are going to drink water kefir, flavor is essential. It’s essential, but incredibly easy.

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finished water kefir ready for lemon juice

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Bonni

Bonni

Bonni started on the cultured foods path quite few years ago, beginning with sauerkraut. Since then, she has cultured yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, a variety of veggies, sour cream and gluten-free sourdough. She is a busy homeschool mom to her daughter, so is always looking for the most efficient and least time consuming ways to manage all of her culturing.

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My Water Kefir Rhythm

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Note from Shannon: I am pleased to bring the voices of our lovely contributors to this space every Tuesday. Please welcome Bonni, CFH Customer Service Rep & cultured kitchen-keeper.

Having a variety of cultures going on in one household can become overwhelming, especially when culturing water kefir in back to back batches every 48 hours. My husband and I love water kefir, so I was determined to figure out how to make it work. I knew that I just needed to find my rhythm and implement the simplest way for me.

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Bonni

Bonni

Bonni started on the cultured foods path quite few years ago, beginning with sauerkraut. Since then, she has cultured yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, a variety of veggies, sour cream and gluten-free sourdough. She is a busy homeschool mom to her daughter, so is always looking for the most efficient and least time consuming ways to manage all of her culturing.

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