Cleaning my Grolsch Bottles

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Time is precious. Neglect of my beloved Grolsch bottles is commonplace. Many moons ago I learned from another CSR about adding an abrasive to your soap and water to clean the gunk off the inside of your bottle. I thought there was no way it would work with what I had…honestly, I haven’t cleaned them since I began fermenting…it’s been over 2 years with my water kefir.

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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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A Closer Look: Water Kefir Grains

I have found that one of the easiest cultured foods to get people started on is water kefir. It tastes like a version of soda that has had the sugar turned down, so I’m not sure why anyone would stick their nose up at it. Still, water kefir comes as a surprise to some and I find it often sits in the shadow of the more commercially-known kombucha.

But these are very different beverages – both in flavor and nutritional makeup – and our family needs no convincing to drink both. So today I thought we could take a look at what creates that bubbly, delicious beverage known as water kefir - the water kefir grains themselves.

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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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Raspberry Kefir Granita

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Make this fun, frozen dessert and enjoy the berry flavors along with all the probiotics from the water kefir!… 

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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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Troubleshooting Water Kefir Grains

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It’s that time of year again, when temperatures drop and water kefir ‘failures’ are on the rise. But are the grains really failing? Remember, water kefir grains are living organisms, and they need care just like any pet.

If you feel your water kefir grains are no longer working well to culture the sugar water, there are a couple of areas to check and adjust…… 

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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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