SCOBYs, SCOBYs Everywhere!

 

I like Kombucha. No. I love Kombucha!! A lot! All summer long I was culturing my Kombucha in the cupboard above the refrigerator. Then winter arrived. With the colder weather and my insistence that we keep the thermostat down, our house is cold. Brrrr… The cupboard above the fridge will no longer do. I found the perfect solution. It turns out that in my oven with the light on just happens to be the perfect temperature for culturing. How cool is that? (Be sure to check your temperature before attempting this.) It’s a balmy 73º in there and as winter progresses I just might be tempted to crawl in there for a little vacation. ;)

Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert started Cultures for Health in late 2008. She is the mother to three young children and enjoys cooking and reading. Her favorite cultured foods include water kefir and kombucha. Julie lives with her family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Fromage Blanc Enchiladas

Ending up with a lot of some random cultured food is an occupational hazard with this job. Case in point. On Saturday I needed to test a new starter culture we are going to be carrying so I made Fromage Blanc. Normally I make Fromage Blanc or a similar soft cheese before a big party (goes great with crackers and sundried tomatoes) but in this case, I didn’t really need the resulting cheese, just to test the culture.

After I got over the shock of remembering how much soft cheese a gallon of milk makes, I was left trying to figure out what the to do with all of it. I tried to pawn it off on the babysitter (no luck), thought about freezing it (still might), and finally had an idea. What if I used it to make the enchiladas tonight? With a baby on the way this summer I’ve been trying to be better about cooking more casserole type dishes and getting in the habit of making two of everything with one pan going in the freezer. I figure if I practice, maybe I’ll get better at the cooking ahead thing and have a freezer full of meals in time for the baby. Tonight’s agenda called for two big pans of beef enchiladas.

Here’s what I did: I spread each organic sprouted corn tortilla with a layer of Fromage Blanc, topped with refried beans, and seasoned grassfed ground beef. I rolled up the tortillas and topped with a generous amount of gluten-free enchilada sauce (which I’d randomly thrown together). Finished it off with cheddar cheese and ta da! Beautiful creamy cheesy enchiladas! I’m not sure whether to be proud or concerned I may have to plan a batch of Fromage Blanc prior to making enchiladas in the future. Something to worry about another day.

Want to try this? Click here for our step-by-step instructions for making Fromage Blanc (it’s really easy—perfect for a beginner!).

Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert started Cultures for Health in late 2008. She is the mother to three young children and enjoys cooking and reading. Her favorite cultured foods include water kefir and kombucha. Julie lives with her family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert started Cultures for Health in late 2008. She is the mother to three young children and enjoys cooking and reading. Her favorite cultured foods include water kefir and kombucha. Julie lives with her family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Yolife Yogurt Maker

Yolife Yogurt Maker with Canning Jars

We have a brand new product available in the warehouse and I’m particularly excited about this one. For awhile now we have carried another line of yogurt makers which offered either a set of 6 oz. glass jars or a 2 qt. plastic container for making yogurt. We have regularly received feedback from customers that neither of these options is really a good fit for everyone. While having your yogurt in handy 6 oz. glass jars works for some people, the reality is that many families need to make yogurt in much larger quantities and prefer a large single glass container.

So I went on the hunt for a yogurt maker that was more versatile and allowed a glass container, large batch option. I’m excited that we can now offer the Yolife Yogurt Maker. The Yolife model comes with seven 6 oz. glass jars and a cover for the set of jars. But here’s what gets me excited: This yogurt maker also comes with a second taller cover (7″ high) that can accommodate several quart size canning jars or even a single 64 oz. glass jar (we have these available too as an optional add-on). Now you can make yogurt in all those canning jars you have around your kitchen and get away from plastic touching your food!

The price is right too, just $39.95 for a yogurt maker than can accommodate a variety of yogurt making needs. It works well with traditional cow or goat milk yogurt as well as dairy free varieties of yogurt.

Intrigued? Click here to check it out and let me know what you think. We will be expanding our line to include more types of yogurt makers shortly (including one that doesn’t require electricity!) and we always love feedback.

Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert started Cultures for Health in late 2008. She is the mother to three young children and enjoys cooking and reading. Her favorite cultured foods include water kefir and kombucha. Julie lives with her family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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