My Crazy Life Culturing Routine

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From the Editor: Please welcome Julie Feickert, Cultures for Health Founder and Cultured Kitchen Keeper.

Life has been pretty busy lately. In addition to running a growing business, we homeschool our oldest, our middle daughter is learning to read, and our baby has become fully mobile. Some days it feels like there is very little time left for planning and cooking meals, let alone incorporating cultured foods.

However, when life is crazy, our bodies are stressed and it’s exactly when nourishing cultured foods are most needed. I have found that for me, developing a routine is crucial and here’s what I’ve been doing lately to stay on top of my cultures.

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Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert

Julie Feickert started Cultures for Health in late 2008. She is the mother to three young children and enjoys cooking and reading. Her favorite cultured foods include water kefir and kombucha. Julie lives with her family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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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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Water Kefir: Simple and Delicious

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

There are so many cultured foods and drinks to choose from, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be water kefir. Water kefir is incredibly easy to make and versatile. There is a flavor to please virtually anyone.

Culturing water kefir is as simple as putting water kefir grains in a quart of sugar water for 48 hours. Here is how we make it extra tasty.

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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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Water Kefir: Flavors & Other Delicious Uses

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Previously in this series:

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Many people do not like the taste of plain water kefir after the first fermentation. I find, however, that I don’t mind it when it has been made with unrefined sucanat. It almost tastes like a caramel-flavored tangy-yeasty pop.

But, the flavoring of water kefir takes it to a whole new level. There are a ton of options when it comes to flavors – juices, whole fruits, spices, flavorings, and herbs can all be used.

Beyond the delicious soda pop-like bottle of water kefir there are also many applications for water kefir that you might not think of. So I thought we’d explore a few flavors and other uses for water kefir before we close out the water kefir series.

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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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