How to Get More Kefir from Powdered Kefir Starter

It probably goes without saying that I am interested in sustainable food ways. I like nourishing food that we can make over and over again from simple ingredients. I like making things myself and believe that homemade anything is better than store-bought everything. I like to reduce waste in my kitchen and in my landfill.

So you might think that something like a powdered kefir culture wouldn’t make it into my kitchen on a regular basis, at least not when milk kefir grains are available. Right now I actually have both milk kefir grains and powdered milk kefir culture creating quarts and quarts of probiotic goodness. I’ll get to the reasons I’m a fan of this powdered kefir culture in a minute, but first let me tell you something else that I recently figured out.

I’m sure I’m the last person to have thought of this, but just in case I’m not, here’s how I am making way more milk kefir than I initially thought I could get out of a single packet of kefir starter.


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Hand Sanitizer Spray

spray bottle

In lieu of commercial hand sanitizer, this spray is simple and natural. A couple of spritzes do the trick and allow you to avoid the alcohol and other unwanted ingredients while enjoying an easy-to-use alternative.

Home Dairying: The Everyday Basics


Needing to use up an abundance of milk is a problem I never saw coming. Fermenting pickles makes a lot of sense when you’re staring down bushels of fresh vegetables and I’ve been there. But milk? I actually think this is a common “problem” to have on a homestead. Dairying – the process of making… 

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Sage Cream Cheese with Yogurt


Sage, an often undervalued herb, is native to the Mediterranean region. In ancient Rome, it was known to have healing properties, and was included as a part of the official Roman pharmacopeia. This recipe makes a pleasantly flavored cheese that is delightful spread on baguette slices. It can also be used as a base for… 

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Bubble Bath!

Bubble Bath

My kids love bubble baths! Do yours? Today my son and I decided to try this lovely bubble bath recipe: Warming Bubble Bath