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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What’s New at CFH: Cloth Diaper-Friendly Diaper Cream

diaper cream

With simple, natural ingredients this recipe works well for cloth and disposable diapers alike.

Adventures in Simple Goat Cheese Making


Sometimes our culturing experiments fail, no matter how many successes we’ve tucked under our belt. When I started the viili yogurt culture it looked fine at first, but it was not churning out good yogurt. I think it had to do with the over 90 degree day we had the day I cultured that milk… 

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Grapefruit Kombucha

Grapefruit Juice

This grapefruit-flavored kombucha is reminiscent of a grapefruit-flavored soda. Like all flavored kombucha, this beverage is made through a second fermentation. Be sure to use freshly brewed kombucha in this recipe and cap the lid tightly to create a refreshing carbonated finished product.

Soap With Pippa

Soapmaking with Pippa

I’m a nervous Nellie when it comes to lye, having read all the horror stories newbies can read. I’ve seen awful pictures of what lye can do. Even though veteran soap makers say that if you’re careful, there’s nothing to worry about, I WORRY. So I enlisted the help of my good friend, Pippa. She’s… 

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