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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Almost Paleo, Dairy-Free Muesli

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I LOVE Muesli… there, I said it. When our family went grain-free/paleo it was one thing I really, really missed. I recently came up with this paleo-ish (I say ish because my cereal has some buckwheat in it) version of one of my all-time favorite breakfasts and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!… 

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Erin

Erin

Erin Gaines is a Nutritional Therapist and a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful babies. My favorite cultured foods are milk kefir and sauerkraut. I feel these are the easiest and most versatile cultures. I have taught many classes on fermenting kefir, veggies, and kombucha. Before I was a mom, I owned my own company selling sauerkraut, kefir, and lacto-fermented condiments.

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Use and Maintenance of Flip Top Bottles

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From the Editor: Please welcome Eve, CFH Customer Support Representative and Cultured Kitchen Keeper.

If you’ve never used a flip top bottle, they can seem overly complex. But fear not! Flip top bottles are an easy and fantastic vessel for your bubbly beverages. Today I’ll be sharing a few tips for the care and usage of these helpful devices.

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Eve

Eve

For my 7th grade Science Fair project I cultured yogurt. I received first place in my division and competed in a regional competition. My fascination with cultured foods has stuck with me ever since. Over the years I have made yogurt, fermented vegetables, sourdough, kombucha, and also love sprouting and dehydrating. In my spare time I like to knit, bike, garden, cook, and study natural medicine.

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Warm Weather Adjustments

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Warm weather has finally arrived in my corner of the country, and that means short pants, barbecues, and adjusting my cultures, especially water and milk kefir.

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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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