Easy Homemade Italian Sausage with Kombucha

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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh ground pork (up to 1/4 pound of additional pork fat can be added to the mix for more moistness, if desired)
  • 1/4 cup extra-sour kombucha
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced (depending on your affinity for garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • A few dashes of dried hot pepper flakes or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

Instructions:

  1. Place fennel seeds, dried parsley, bay leaves, and peppercorns in a clean coffee mill and grind coarsely. Alternatively, you can use 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper and 1 to 2 teaspoons ground fennel, but it’s nice to have a few pieces of fennel seeds in the finished sausage.
  2. Place ground pork in a bowl large enough to allow for mixing. Pour kombucha over pork and sprinkle with spice mix. Add minced garlic, salt, and cayenne if using. With very clean hands, mix together until spices are evenly distributed throughout the ground meat. Place meat mixture in a resealable plastic bag or a glass bowl with a tight lid and refrigerate overnight or up to 48 hours.
  3. Use in any recipe calling for bulk Italian sausage. Be sure to cook sausage to an internal temperature of 160°F.

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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My Kids’ Favorite Frozen Cultured Treats

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

Our kids are pretty restricted on what they are able to eat. I’ve learned over the last few years that two of my best investments have been an electric ice cream maker (the frozen bowl is kept in the freezer) and silicone popsicle molds. These two tools allow our kids to have frozen treats I can feel good about.

Here are a couple of our favorites:

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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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Kombucha Sourdough Starter

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I don’t like to keep anything in my kitchen unless it serves multiple purposes. I keep various sizes of canning jars for storing leftovers, dried foods, culturing, and preserving. I keep utensils that can perform multiple functions. And I like to keep cultured foods around because they can be used for more than just the food we assign to them.

Kombucha is a good example of this. Because it contains both beneficial bacteria and yeasts, it is the perfect candidate for creating a sourdough starter. I decided to give it a try, as I needed to start a rye sourdough starter anyway.

Here’s how it went.

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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: pH Indicator Strips

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“Like the safety at being able to check the Ph in my cultured vegetables. I will always keep some available in my kitchen cabinets.” -Mother Judith

“I like having these strips to test the acidity of the Kombucha. It’s simple, just takes a second.” -Ceiba

Today we are going to take a closer look at pH Indicator Strips.

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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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