Starting Water Kefir In Our New Kitchen: Ferment Seasonality

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Do you change your ferments to match the seasons? I do, but I didn’t really think about it too much until we moved off-grid and began to experience a closeness to the elements we never had before.

I bake sourdough much more in the fall and winter. Milk kefir is generally a three season thing as summers here just don’t make for good milk kefir. Vegetable ferments are all year except the three hottest months of summer. Kombucha can happen all year, if I’m on the ball about taking care of it in more extreme periods. And then there’s that beloved water kefir, especially refreshing on triple digit days.

So, with summer approaching and the construction on our off-grid kitchen nearing completion, I’m starting up the water kefir again.

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What’s New at CFH: Save 30% on Gluten-free Sourdough Starter and Enzyme & Protein Rich Sprout Salad

Gluten-free Sourdough Starter Sale

Don’t miss this week’s sale: 30% off Gluten-free Sourdough Starter.¬† Also, check out the new Enzyme and Protein Rich Sprout Salad!

From Garden to Ferment Jar: Turnips and Beets

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In early spring we declared that we would grow beets and turnips for some quick root crops. They would be tasty, provide good nourishment, and be ready to harvest before the triple digits of Texas summer came. Well, there is only one lone beet survivor; the entire thirty foot row was wiped out shortly after… 

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Cold Cucumber Dill Yogurt Soup

Cucumber Dill

This refreshing soup is wonderful on a hot summer afternoon and pairs well with thick ham sandwiches.

How to Grow Barley Grass in Soil

How to Grow Barley Grass

Growing barley grass at home is as simple and inexpensive as growing wheat grass, and some people find they prefer the taste of barley grass juice to wheat grass juice, for its milder flavor. Follow the steps below to begin growing your own barley grass at home and make homemade barley grass juice!