Tangy Citrus Water Kefir Gelatin Dessert

Tangy Citrus Water Kefir Gelatin Dessert

Citrus juice and water kefir have a delicious affinity for one another. The slightly sweet and fermented beverage just cries out for a hit of tangy brightness.

This gelatin dessert combines the two in a delicious dessert or snack that you can gladly hand out any time of day…. 

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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 Ingredient that Greatly Improved my Water Kefir: Giving Cultures What They Need

IMG_9347 I continuously find that cultures are like so many things: what you get out of them is dependent upon what you put into them. I also find that there are often very different circumstances under which we culture. Where we live, our current temperature, the water we use, and the ingredients we choose all play a huge part in how well a culture will perform.

Which is why I’m forever experimenting and tweaking. Sometimes these experiments fall flat on their face – like the time I tried to make a water kefir eggnog. But sometimes I find that changing up the routine just a little results in a big improvement in the product my culture is giving me.

Over the years I’ve wrapped kombucha vessels in blankets, buried jars of sauerkraut, and meticulously divided my milk kefir grains all in order to adapt to my current culturing situation. Recently I found that a small amount of a single ingredient seemed to really improve my water kefir’s activity.

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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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Elderberry Water Kefir

Elderberry Drink

Make delicious elderberry syrup and use it to flavor water kefir or your favorite fermented beverage. Delicious!… 

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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 Newbie’s Guide to Cultured Food: My First Month

Newbie

I’m totally new to cultured foods. Until a couple months ago I had never heard of kefir or kombucha, and had no idea how easy and inexpensive it was to make yogurt at home. (I would’ve eaten a lot more yogurt in college had I known…) Getting into cultured foods has had its ups and down. I’ve made plenty of rookie mistakes, but I have been greatly rewarded with awesome results and a feeling of accomplishment!… 

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Clarissa

I’m a recent college graduate who loves marketing just a little too much. My culturing experiences are few, but I’ve already conquered water kefir, Filmjӧlk yogurt, and San Francisco sourdough! Before college I lived in the mountains of North Carolina, which is definitely my happy place. My favorite pastimes are hiking with my family and catching critters in the creek. My townhouse is full to the brim with cacti and succulents, along with my culturing foods. When I’m not working or gardening I like to make things. This includes painting, sewing, crafting, cake decorating, and messes. Although I’m new to culturing, I love telling others about what I’ve made and discovered!

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