Experiments in Cultured Sodas

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If there is one thing the various healthy living camps can agree on, it’s that high-fructose corn syrup laden sodas are bad for you. It’s not just the high-fructose corn syrup, though. Even “naturally” sweetened sodas are incredibly high in sugar and therefore more of a celebratory drink than an every day beverage.

What many people don’t realize is that sodas have health-minded roots. Many of the tonics that modern day sodas are based on were rich in herbs, barks, roots, and even cultures. These would have most likely contained a sweetener of some sort, but more for the fuel of fermentation than a sickly sweet aftertaste.

Anyway, there are many ways to achieve that fizzy, fruity, slightly sweet, wonderfully delicious tonic of yesteryear. Some don’t even require a mother culture that needs tending, which is what I’ve been dabbling in lately.

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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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Instant Probiotic Smoothie

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Smoothies are a great vehicle for introducing all sorts of probiotic-rich foods into your meals. Most often this comes in the form of a cultured base like yogurt, kefir, or coconut milk kefir, all great, nutrient-dense foods that lend a probiotic punch.

But what if you ate the last of your yogurt, haven’t cultured that gallon of milk yet, or simply aren’t in the mood for a dairy-heavy smoothie and yet still want a probiotic-rich drink?

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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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Fluffy Fruit Cobbler

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One of the joys of summer is eating wholesome fresh fruit, and how better to enjoy it than with a nice fluffy pastry topping and a dollop of cultured cream on top?… 

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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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Kefir-Soaked Muesli

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I think hippy food might be the only way to describe something like this. It’s organic barley flakes fermented in milk kefir and then eaten with fresh fruit and seeds, nuts, or nut butter.

But it’s fermented and tangy and delicious and makes for a cool, light breakfast on these hot mornings. That and the fact that it’s dead simple to make have won it a slot in our current favorite breakfasts rotation.

Here’s how I make it.

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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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