A Closer Look: Buttermilk Starter

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“When I finally understood that the stuff on the supermarket shelves wasn’t real buttermilk, I started looking for an alternative. I found it! I’ve been making a fresh batch of buttermilk weekly for about 8 months now….Well worth the price, and incredibly easy to make.” ~Melanie

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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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Cultured Cream Puffs: Gluten-Free

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I was diagnosed with celiac four years ago and pretty much stopped baking. I was nervous about all the different flours and gums, and intimidated by just about everything except almond flour pancakes and coconut flour muffins. Recently, however, I’ve been dipping a toe into desserts, because sometimes I REALLY miss pastries.

I decided to make these gluten free cream puffs the other day after catching a few minutes of a cooking show on TV. The woman was making pate a choux, which is a pastry dough containing only flour, eggs, butter, and water. It’s super simple, and after watching it I wondered how hard it could possibly be to make with rice flour. As it turns out, it’s not hard at all, because choux (which means cabbage, if I recall high school French correctly) relies only on steam to make it poufy and light, NOT gluten.

I made a large batch of these for my brood, using the following ingredients…

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Stacie

Stacie

Stacie has been making kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut and cheese for eight years. She lives with her husband, four children, parents and livestock on a small farm in Oregon. Stacie's goals for her farm include healthy pasture, delicious vegetables, self-sufficiency, happy humans, and an intact sense of humor.

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A Closer Look: Plastic Strainer

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Today we are going to take a closer look at the plastic strainer.  These plastic strainers are one of my favorite tools for making both milk and water kefir. They easily catch the grains and fit over a wide-mouth mason jar lid with just a bit of overhang.

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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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How I Kept My Cultures Going While On Vacation

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I recently made a surprise visit to my family in another state. When planning for it, it would require four planes, as well as wheelchair assistance and having to deal with crutches for one of my two children. But, what about the other children, the cultures in my kitchen? My kombucha, water kefir, and milk kefir couldn’t come along, so what to do with them? Leaving them in my husband’s care was not an option!… 

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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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