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.
From the Editor: Please welcome Suzanne, Cultures for Health Customer Support Rep and Cultured-Kitchen Keeper.
I’ve been stuck in a rut with my home cultures. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice rut! I love my plain kombucha, water kefir flavored with lemon juice, and kimchi. My kiddo eats cultured carrot sticks regularly and doesn’t complain. And in summer, I make cultured salsa nearly every week.
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.
From the Editor: Please welcome Sarah, CFH Customer Support Rep and Cultured Kitchen-Keeper.
We sometimes get asked how we fit all that cultured food into our life. I recently had a very cultured day and decided to share. This is not how everyday goes of course. Most of the cultured food gets made here and there and stored up in the fridge for later.
Here’s how my day went…
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.
We have been keeping chickens for about a 2.5 years now, so we are quite new to the chicken scene. They are a wonderful addition to our little homestead and have been fairly easy to take care of. Plus, they provide us with a small clutch of eggs most days.
Since I’m forever experimenting with different cultured foods in our kitchen, we have given them little bits of cultured foods here and there. Turns out, they really love some of them and, not surprisingly, the inherent bacteria in these cultured foods seem to compliment the chicken’s diet beautifully.
Here are a few ways you can incorporate fermented foods into your chickens’ diet.