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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Getting Started With Viili Yogurt: Making a Starter from Raw Milk

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The very first cultured food I ever made was yogurt and I would guess a lot of us start there. It is familiar and comforting and versatile and delicious. Plus, it’s a fairly simple ferment to make. I had been making it by heating milk and waiting for it to cool before placing it in… 

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What’s New at CFH: Back to School Sale & Natural Oil Facial Cleanse

DIY Natural Oil Facial Cleanse

This week’s sale is 20% off everything. Use coupon code SCHOOL at checkout… extended until 9/14/15!  Also, check out our new Natural Oil Facial Cleanse article and recipes.

Sourdough Starter Pancakes

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Some mornings it’s just hard to think about anything. Breakfast seems inconceivable when you open your fridge to see bare shelves. However, I do always have my sourdough starter. *whew*! Pancakes! But wait, I hadn’t fed my starter in a week… could pancakes still be made? On this particular morning, I decided to find out.

Crumbled Buttermilk Cheese

Crumbly Cheese

This cheese, because it is heated, is fairly dry in texture and can be tossed into a salad or sprinkled over casseroles with delicious ease.