Grain-Free Buttermilk Baked Chicken

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This time of year is perfect for hearty meat dishes such as this grain-free version of an all-time favorite. Using homemade buttermilk not only adds a rich flavor to this chicken dish, but it also tenderizes the chicken to perfection via the naturally occurring acids in the buttermilk.

Baking the chicken, instead of frying, saves much of the mess and hands-on time involved in the usual breaded and fried chicken. But, because the chicken is marinated in buttermilk, you don’t skimp on flavor or moistness.

Serve this up next to a big pan of roasted vegetables and a large portion of kraut for the perfect winter evening meal. Or use some more of that buttermilk to make a big pan of buttermilk biscuits to serve to the hungry crowd.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Cultured Holiday Gifts: Seasonal Cultured Compound Butters

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From the Editor: Please welcome Janet, Cultures for Health Content Contributor and Cultured-Kitchen Keeper.

The joy of butter is just that: JOY! When you add flavors and a bit of good bacteria, you now have butter that is transcendent!  The many dishes that they can be used for is astounding: look beyond buttering your toast and use these butters on top of vegetables, meats, and even desserts to make them shine with a complexity of flavors.

Here is a listing of seasonal butters that can be used throughout the holidays; they freeze well and can be used for a pretty hostess gift or part of a food Christmas basket. Feel free to use your creativity to come up with other flavor options.

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Janet Creasy

Janet Creasy

Janet is primarily a proud mama of two tween girls and is married to a stellar man wired for engineering. She spends a great deal of time in the kitchen and garden. She enjoys the full life cycle of real food as primal fuel for our body; which she feels is critical to how we approach the world around us. She finds immense joy in seeing how many food culture ‘science’ projects she can keep going at one time! Her favorites are kombucha, yogurt and tempeh and she is delving currently into rice flour sourdough and water kefir.

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Soaked Flour Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

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Desserts can get a bad rap in healthy-eating circles. But why not enjoy them from time to time using wholesome ingredients like traditional fats, unrefined sweeteners, and soaked or soured flours?

Soaking flour in an acidic medium is a method of making the grain more digestible, while lightening the baked good. The breaking down of the fibers in the whole grain flour often results in a much better tasting end product, akin to those made with refined white flour.

You can find more information on the benefits of soaking flours in cultured dairy in this article. And don’t forget to add something sweet, tasty, and nourishing, like this soaked apple cake, to your celebration table.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Buttermilk Ice Cream: One of Many Reasons to Culture Buttermilk

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Cultured buttermilk is often forgotten in the world of cultured dairy enthusiasts. But if you enjoy that unique buttermilk flavor for baked goods, salad dressings, and savory dishes; then keeping cultured buttermilk in your kitchen can enhance a whole host of dishes.

Buttermilk biscuits. Buttermilk fried chicken. Buttermilk pancakes. Buttermilk ranch. Buttermilk chocolate cake. All of these are some of tastiest foods we can put on the table.

One dish that might not be so familiar is buttermilk ice cream. The cultured tang lends a light, delicious flavor to the fresh cream and unrefined sugar that make up this recipe. Add in your favorite seasonal fruit during this high harvest time, and you’ll find just one more reason to keep that buttermilk culturing in your cabinet.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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