Troubleshooting Water Kefir Grains

waterkefirgrains

It’s that time of year again, when temperatures drop and water kefir ‘failures’ are on the rise. But are the grains really failing? Remember, water kefir grains are living organisms, and they need care just like any pet.

If you feel your water kefir grains are no longer working well to culture the sugar water, there are a couple of areas to check and adjust…… 

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Suzanne

Suzanne

Suzanne is into gardening, real food, and treading lightly. Her favorite cultured foods include Matsoni yogurt, which tastes just like the yogurt her Armenian grandmother used to make; sauerkraut, which she used to dip out of a barrel each week at her favorite little shop in Germany; and dill pickles, which she used to eat straight from the big jar on the counter of her Grandpa’s general store.

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The Search for Skyr

lostskyr

When I visited Iceland many years ago, I was thrilled by the amazing scenery–spouting geysers, raging waterfalls, black sand beaches.

But of course, one of my fondest memories is of the food.

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Suzanne

Suzanne

Suzanne is into gardening, real food, and treading lightly. Her favorite cultured foods include Matsoni yogurt, which tastes just like the yogurt her Armenian grandmother used to make; sauerkraut, which she used to dip out of a barrel each week at her favorite little shop in Germany; and dill pickles, which she used to eat straight from the big jar on the counter of her Grandpa’s general store.

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Fermenting with Friends

 pickling cucumbers

Last week, I was talking with my friend April about fermenting my yearly batch of dill pickles. She immediately got excited.

“Come over to my house, let’s make them together!” she said excitedly. “You can teach me how to do it!”

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Suzanne

Suzanne

Suzanne is into gardening, real food, and treading lightly. Her favorite cultured foods include Matsoni yogurt, which tastes just like the yogurt her Armenian grandmother used to make; sauerkraut, which she used to dip out of a barrel each week at her favorite little shop in Germany; and dill pickles, which she used to eat straight from the big jar on the counter of her Grandpa’s general store.

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Warm Weather Adjustments

Summer Fermentation

Warm weather has finally arrived in my corner of the country, and that means short pants, barbecues, and adjusting my cultures, especially water and milk kefir.

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Suzanne

Suzanne

Suzanne is into gardening, real food, and treading lightly. Her favorite cultured foods include Matsoni yogurt, which tastes just like the yogurt her Armenian grandmother used to make; sauerkraut, which she used to dip out of a barrel each week at her favorite little shop in Germany; and dill pickles, which she used to eat straight from the big jar on the counter of her Grandpa’s general store.

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