My Friend Herman

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

When I was a little girl, my grandmother would let us stir Herman. Herman lived in an olive and brown patterned ceramic crock in Grandma’s fridge. I never thought to ask where he came from or what he was used for. I just knew he needed to be stirred and it was fun!

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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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The Space Cadet’s Guide to Keeping a Sourdough Starter

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No one has ever accused me of being Type A, worked up about to-do lists and deadlines, or obsessed with organization. It’s not that I don’t like to-do lists and organized spaces, it’s just that chaos follows me around like a dust cloud follows Pigpen in a Peanuts cartoon.

Part of that is my general forgetfulness. Part of it is that I walk into a room with one intention, see something that triggers a reminder of something else I was supposed to be doing, and then end up forgetting what I walked in to do in the first place. So, yeah, I’m not exactly task-oriented.

But I make sourdough breads – wheat, rye, gluten-free – and every type of sourdough pancake you can imagine. That, along with kefir and kombucha, require tending. Since some days it feels like “It’s the children or the ferments, they can’t both get fed,” I sometimes forget to feed them. The ferments, that is.

But, again, I need that sourdough starter to create those delicious breads and pancakes. So, how do I keep it alive?

Well, not very carefully, but here it is anyway…

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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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Gluten-free Sourdough Chili-Cheese Muffins

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These gluten-free muffins are rich in the flavor department, thanks to the addition of chopped green chilies and pepper jack cheese. Try them alongside your favorite chili or any other Southwestern main dish. You may want to double the recipe because they will get gobbled up quickly.

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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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The Folding Sourdough Proofer

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

I remember the day the Folding Proofer by Brod & Taylor arrived. It was so hot and humid on this Cape Cod summer day that we lost one of our chickens to heat stroke. At our house the chickens are pets (that feed us breakfast as my daughter likes to say) so not much could cheer me up. While the loss of our “Lily” was traumatic, I was very happy to see the package arrive.  I had been selected to test out this product which admittedly has been on my wish list for quite some time.

And it did not disappoint.

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Anita Hohler

Anita Hohler

Anita became interested in healthy food and its benefits when her daughter developed food sensitivities. This started her family down a path toward cultured foods and backyard homesteading with gardens, chickens, and the soon-to-be addition of goats.

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