Moving Into the Summer Season of Fermentation

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It’s starting to warm up here in Central Texas; so many changes happen at this time of year. We are hoping to soon plant beans, squash, melons, and sunflowers along with other heat-loving crops. The wood stove isn’t being used and now holds jars full of wildflowers picked by my blue bonnet-loving five year old.

Things in the kitchen are changing as well. The door of our cabin, which leads directly to the small kitchen, is usually swung wide open for much of the day. I’m trying to use the oven less and less, while making stove-top meals, solar oven meals, or cold meals more often. And, of course, the ferments I work with change as well.

I tend to pick up a few different ferments in the summer than I do in the winter. Likewise, I drop a couple of ferments for one reason or another – usually having to do with the heat. This shift has quite a few reasons, and benefits and today I thought I’d share them with you.

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Sourdough Starter Kvass with Lemon, Ginger, & Honey

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I’m always trying to keep up with our family’s need for more cultured foods. This is particularly important when we don’t have a mother culture like kombucha, water kefir, or milk kefir brewing. But, it does offer up an opportunity for me to be creative and use what we do have. Fermented vegetables are always… 

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Minted Kefir Fruit Salad

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This cool, creamy fruit salad is an excellent addition to a meal. It is best served slightly cool, but it is also delicious at room temperature.  It also has many easy variations based on what fruit you have available.

Berry Soda

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Note from Shannon: Please welcome Erin, Cultures for Health Social Media Coordinator and Cultured-Kitchen Keeper. I just recently got into making soda’s from a ginger bug. If you want to know more about fermenting a ginger bug, check this out: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ginger-bug-recipe/

A Closer Look: Butter Muslin

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“Works great for my wonderfully delicious ricotta cheese. Easy to clean! I think it will last a long time! It’s a keeper!” -PrettyMomma