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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Adjusting My Kombucha Routine for the Warm Summer Months

Warm Summer Kombucha

From the Editor: Please welcome Julie Feickert, Cultures for Health Founder and Cultured Kitchen Keeper.

As a practical matter, the care we give live cultures must adjust as the seasons shift. Of all the cultured foods in my kitchen right now, kombucha is the one I need to make the most adjustments for as the weather grows warmer.

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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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Use and Maintenance of Flip Top Bottles

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From the Editor: Please welcome Eve, CFH Customer Support Representative and Cultured Kitchen Keeper.

If you’ve never used a flip top bottle, they can seem overly complex. But fear not! Flip top bottles are an easy and fantastic vessel for your bubbly beverages. Today I’ll be sharing a few tips for the care and usage of these helpful devices.

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Eve

Eve

For my 7th grade Science Fair project I cultured yogurt. I received first place in my division and competed in a regional competition. My fascination with cultured foods has stuck with me ever since. Over the years I have made yogurt, fermented vegetables, sourdough, kombucha, and also love sprouting and dehydrating. In my spare time I like to knit, bike, garden, cook, and study natural medicine.

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My Honey Mustard Kombucha Marinade

Honey Mustard Chicken

Bonni throws a little of this and a little of that (and Kombucha of course) into a delicious marinade.

From the Editor: Please welcome Bonni, CFH Customer Support Manager and Cultured Kitchen Keeper.

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Bonni

Bonni

Bonni started on the cultured foods path quite few years ago, beginning with sauerkraut. Since then, she has cultured yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, a variety of veggies, sour cream and gluten-free sourdough. She is a busy homeschool mom to her daughter, so is always looking for the most efficient and least time consuming ways to manage all of her culturing.

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