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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Bringing My (1.5 year old) Kombucha SCOBY Back to Life

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I had a SCOBY sitting in some old kombucha on my counter top for about a year and a half. I know, that’s crazy, right? Next to that jar sat a jar of fermented squash pickles just as old which I did, in fact, throw to the chickens.

But they looked perfectly viable, minus the fact that they were mushy. So I decided to take a closer look at that SCOBY. The jar smelled quite tangy upon opening and I wouldn’t have even attempted this SCOBY CPR if I saw any funky mold or smelled anything questionable.

And since we were all clear, I decided to go ahead and see if I could salvage the thing. 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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