In the Garden and a Spring Vegetable Ferment Recipe Roundup

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All vegetable fermentation begins in the garden, right? The fruits of the orchard and vegetables on the table are only as good as the soil they come from. And since the garden is a hive of activity right now, it being spring and all, I thought I’d share a few scenes from around our homestead.

While we’re at it, how about a few fermentation recipes for what’s coming out of gardens everywhere.

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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 Thickest Kombucha Scoby… Ever?

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Join Bonni as she shares an adventure with a particularly interesting Kombucha scoby.

Bonni

Bonni

Bonni started on the cultured foods path quite few years ago, beginning with sauerkraut. Since then, she has cultured yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, a variety of veggies, sour cream and gluten-free sourdough. She is a busy homeschool mom to her daughter, so is always looking for the most efficient and least time consuming ways to manage all of her culturing.

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Rediscovering Milk Kefir

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Recently, I began branching out with my cultured products, and I was pleasantly surprised to find how versatile water kefir could be. And I promised to try milk kefir grains again…. 

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Suzanne

Suzanne

Suzanne is into gardening, real food, and treading lightly. Her favorite cultured foods include Matsoni yogurt, which tastes just like the yogurt her Armenian grandmother used to make; sauerkraut, which she used to dip out of a barrel each week at her favorite little shop in Germany; and dill pickles, which she used to eat straight from the big jar on the counter of her Grandpa’s general store.

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Sarah’s Favorite Cultures

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While I culture many foods, I thought I’d talk about some of the foods that can always be found in my fridge and why. Each of these foods makes it quick and easy for me to add cultures to a meal without extra planning since they are always on hand.

From the Editor: Please welcome Sarah, CFH Customer Support Rep and Cultured Kitchen-Keeper.

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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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