That Time I Broke My Toe With a Bottle of Water Kefir…

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It’s cold out there! For some reason, this year is colder than last year in my house, even though the outside temperatures do not appear to be much colder than last fall and winter. I thought my precious water kefir grains were dead because I could not get the darlings to produce a water kefir that would do a carbonated second ferment. After the first round of not being able to get fizz, I moved the Grolsch bottles upstairs, to the kids’ bedrooms where it is much warmer than the downstairs. Normally, that does the trick!… 

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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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A Closer Look: Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker with Timer

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“I’m new to yogurt making and liked the idea of a yogurt maker to regulate the temperature and do the timing for me. So far I’ve made three batches and am delighted. I know you can make yogurt without this, but convenience and ease is important to me and this really fits the bill. I love it!” -KateM

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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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Amazake

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When the winter cold sets in, I start to crave something warm, creamy and sweet. Amazake makes me feel cozy and festive, and it’s cultured! It also couldn’t be easier to make.

You will need Koji rice, some uncooked rice, and a warm incubation spot. I used my dehydrator, but many of the methods for incubating tempeh will also work if you turn up the heat a bit more…. 

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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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Using a Seedling Mat for Tempeh and Natto

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Temperature is important for any ferment. Soy ferments are no different. Tempeh needs to be kept warm, but common fermenting appliances available in the US don’t work well. Yogurt makers are far too hot. A cube dehydrator or folding proofer work very well. However, beginners may not want to invest in a new piece of equipment.

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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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