Cleaning my Grolsch Bottles

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Time is precious. Neglect of my beloved Grolsch bottles is commonplace. Many moons ago I learned from another CSR about adding an abrasive to your soap and water to clean the gunk off the inside of your bottle. I thought there was no way it would work with what I had…honestly, I haven’t cleaned them since I began fermenting…it’s been over 2 years with my water kefir.

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Jerri

Jerri

Jerri is a wife and mama. Her culturing adventures began several years ago with other moms who were seeking a healthy way of feeding our families. Together they dabbled in milk kefir, yogurt, sourdough, kombucha and sauerkraut. In the past year she's expanded from sauerkraut to other vegetables, and has grown a passion for water kefir!

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Nourishing Soups and Ferments for Cozy Winter Meals

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It’s time for cozy meals by the fire in our home and I’m guessing if that’s the case in Central Texas, it is where you’re at too. One of the most-oft featured meal on our table is soup. I usually make it more like a stew, allowing much of the bone broth to cook down into chunky vegetables, meat, and rice or potatoes. One pot? Yes, please!

The only problem with this perfect scenario is that I also like to serve enzymes with a meal. Bone broth is incredibly nourishing, to be sure, but layering that with some enzymes throws it over the top. In order to keep that one pot meal simple, I don’t really want to get out the bowl, cutting board, and chef’s knife and besides, the more ubiquitous salad ingredients are not in season through the winter.

Instead, I turn to ferments to jazz up our simple soups and stews. It’s like convenience food for a nourishing meal… and there are plenty of ways we keep it interesting.

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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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Cold Weather Care for Starter Cultures

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Fall and winter present special challenges for culturing. As the weather cools, the methods for keeping cultures at the proper temperature must also change.

Some cultures will actually behave differently during the winter even when the amount of light and heat are constant.  So how do you deal with cultures with the cooler temperatures?… 

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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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Culturing Courage

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I hear all the time from people who are nervous about getting started culturing. We live in a very germ-phobic society where hand sanitizer is everywhere and the news regularly reports outbreaks of foodborne illness or tainted food recalls. For those who have worked in food service, the image of the thermometer proclaiming “Danger Zone” is permanently etched in memory.

So how can you make the leap from over caution about food to leaving a jar of cabbage on the counter for 3 weeks? Or perhaps even leaving milk out for 48 hours!… 

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Sarah

Sarah

I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. “I wonder” is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous! I love to learn and share what I’ve discovered.

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