When You’re Just Getting Started with Cultured Foods

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I remember when the thought of leaving food on the counter overnight completely weirded me out. Growing up in a pasteurized society, it’s hard to imagine anything is edible if it isn’t immediately boiled, frozen, or canned. Much of that, I believe, stems from our having grown up with refrigeration and away from the natural processes of growing, preparing, and eating one’s food.

So many of us, myself included, make a little journey when we embrace cultured foods. We hold our breath when the milk sits out for a day to make kefir. We sniff and poke and prod our vegetables wondering if they will kill us and then we taste them and have to grow accustomed to that sour flavor we will grow to love.

But it’s not always easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. I am a long ways away from being an expert, having only started culturing foods in my own home for about a decade or so now. Maybe that’s why I still remember the hesitation, the wonder, the amazement, and the frustration. So, here are a few things I know now that I wish I’d known then.

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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: Desem Sourdough Starter

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Today we are going to take a closer look at the Cultures for Health Desem Sourdough Starter.  Desem is a Flemish-style starter made with organic whole wheat flour. It makes delicious whole grain bread. For best results, we recommend feeding your Desem sourdough culture weekly.

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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: Salad Sprouts Seed Mix

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Today we are going to take a closer look at the Salad Sprouts Seed Mix.  This highly rated seed mix is just one of the many sprouting supplies available on the Cultures for Health website.

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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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Rejuva What?!

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Here is one you may not have heard of… Rejuvelac.  Rejuvelac is a fermented drink made from sprouting wheat berries. The fermentation extracts most of the nutrients from the berries for a delicious, fresh tasting drink. The leftover berries don’t have much nutritional value but you can place them in compost to feed your garden…. 

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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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