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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Weekly Cultured Gathering: April 19

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Can you say sourdough donuts without a grin crossing your face?  Last week the The Entwife’s Journal shared how she makes sourdough donuts!  Have you ever made some?  If so, how did they turn out?  Share your own fun fermentation stories this week too.

What’s New at CFH: Save 15% on Kefir Starters & New Recipes

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Every week we’re going to bring you the best of the week in posts from right here at the CFH blog, news you can use from the CFH site, and new recipes and products you might be interested in. This week you can save 15% on Kefir Starters.  Also, check out the weekly recap and… 

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What’s Culturing in My Kitchen

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I so enjoy taking a peek into the kitchens of others. Whether it’s the pantry, root cellar, or culturing counter; I’m always keen to see what’s happening. I find it connects people. So, today I thought I’d do a little show and tell with what’s culturing in my kitchen.

Naturally Cultured Pickles

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Enjoy some naturally cultured pickles with this recipe.