How to Get More Kefir from Powdered Kefir Starter

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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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What’s New at CFH: Gluten-Free Sourdough No-Cut Doughnuts

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Light and airy with a hint of crispness around the edges, these yeast-risen doughnuts don’t fall too far from their wheat-filled counterparts. In order to keep them light, the dough is not rolled and cut as wheat-based doughnuts are. Instead the dough is left loose, helping it to rise beautifully. When it comes time to… 

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Simple Three Ingredient Tooth Powder

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When you want to make sauerkraut and need to use up that goat milk in cheesemaking and you run out of toothpaste, what do you do? I am at a point in my life where in all things and in all cases I am embracing simplicity. It doesn’t have to look just like store-bought to… 

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How to Dilute Essential Oils

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Essential oils are concentrated natural oils distilled directly from fresh herbs and other plants. Because of their high concentration, essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil prior to topical application. Safely diluting essential oils not only protects you from adverse effects, such as irritation, phototoxicity, and sensitization, it also makes your little… 

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Deodorant Making Part 1: Testing Two Kinds

Clay vs. Baking Soda Deodorant

We have two different deodorant recipes on our website: Basic Baking Soda Deodorant Clay-based Deodorant My husband and I have always used the baking soda recipe and it works amazingly well (better than my store bought Dove antiperspirant actually!). The only catch is that to keep it solid here in Hawaii (I like to keep… 

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