Cultured Ice Cream (and how to make it without a machine)

Raspberry Ice Cream

What if you could eat ice cream every day and have it be part of a nutritous, probiotic-rich, healthy diet?

Ice cream can indeed be a great addition to your menu when you make it from home-cultured dairy products such as sour cream, crème fraîche, kefir, or yogurt.

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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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Why I’m Soaking Grains in Milk Kefir Right Now

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I’m a huge fan of sourdough. In about six weeks I’ll probably start up the New Zealand Rye starter I have sitting on my desk. I’m deliberately putting it off – both for my own sanity and for the viability of that dehydrated starter. I just know that the likelihood of it staying vigorous and strong right now isn’t very good.

But we’re still eating pancakes, breads, and tortillas – mostly those that can be cooked on a griddle since turning the oven on doesn’t make a lot of sense when it’s 95 degrees outside. I soak or ferment pretty much all of our baked goods, and have for a few years now. They’re just so much easier to digest and, frankly, tastier this way.

And since my preferred method of souring grains via a sourdough starter isn’t happening right now, I’m soaking in cultured dairy – specifically milk kefir.

Here’s the how and why.

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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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A Closer Look: Kefir Starter Culture

Milk Kefir

 ”…It’s an awesome product, easy to do and very pleasant, I recommend it to everyone!!!” -Deb

Today we are going to take a closer look at the Cultures for Health Kefir Starter Culture.

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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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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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