The Most Versatile Cultures in My Kitchen: Water Kefir and Kombucha

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

I’m a big fan of both water kefir and kombucha. They are delicious, easy to make, and I can generally keep them going in my kitchen no matter how crazy life gets. I also love them both because they are incredibly versatile. Having a batch of either going at any one time not only means having a delicious probiotic beverage but also an ingredient or culture for any number of other foods.

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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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My Crazy Life Culturing Routine

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

Life has been pretty busy lately. In addition to running a growing business, we homeschool our oldest, our middle daughter is learning to read, and our baby has become fully mobile. Some days it feels like there is very little time left for planning and cooking meals, let alone incorporating cultured foods.

However, when life is crazy, our bodies are stressed and it’s exactly when nourishing cultured foods are most needed. I have found that for me, developing a routine is crucial and here’s what I’ve been doing lately to stay on top of my cultures.

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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-Marinated Pork Cutlets with Cultured Cream Sauce

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There are so many unique ways to utilize the cultured foods we make. Going beyond the bottled fizzy drink, kombucha can be a salad dressing base, a culture starter, or a marinade with its acidic tang. And pork is the perfect meat for such a marinade.

This rich and elegant dish is not only grain-free, but adds a second cultured element in the cultured cream sauce. With a hint of garlic, tarragon, and mustard, this dish looks surprisingly quick and simple to make once you pull it from its kombucha marinade.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to three 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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Super Flexible Kombucha Salad Dressing

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Note from Shannon: Please welcome Julie Feickert, Cultures for Health Founder and Cultured-Kitchen Keeper.

I will admit I was hesitant to start making my own salad dressing. It just seemed like one more thing to do. But alas many salad dressings have pretty scary ingredients—even the organic varieties. Most days it’s more work to scrutinize labels then it is to actually make it. There’s also the cost factor. Any pre-made salad dressing with any hope of making it to our home is expensive and we’ve been going through way too much dressing lately.

So yes, I needed to get over my fears and just do it because here’s the thing: making salad dressing is simpler than I ever imagined. Yes, you read that right, it’s easy. I didn’t believe it either at first, but here’s what I figured out: I made sure I had small pint size mason jars on hand, I kept my personal sized blender in a handy spot, and I figured out a basic recipe I could customize for any occasion. You can of course use a whisk and a bowl to blend your dressings but I find a small blender to be simpler most days as mine will blend directly into a regular mouth mason jar so there’s less clean up involved.

Here’s how I do it, using kombucha.

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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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