Gathering Around Cultured Foods When Food Sensitivities Isolate You

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Recently my husband and I shared our ninth wedding anniversary. It is always such a blessing to mark another year together. Most years, if we can, we try to do something special to mark the occasion and this year was no different. Stewart surprised me with a trip to town – just the two of us! – after dropping our four little ones off with loving friends.

We stopped at at a local restaurant that makes its own gelato, my husband knowing well my love for both frozen creamy treats and local artisan foods. We both had small cups and chatted as we sat in front of the little shop, enjoying the rare quiet time together.

On the way home he became exhausted and generally unwell. That exhaustion trickled over to the next day… and a little into the next. He had wanted to share something with me that I love, and in doing so he triggered a flare up that would last for several days.

Truth be told, I was saddened by this. Food sensitivities can be frustrating and difficult and incredibly isolating. For those who prepare food for loved ones with food sensitivities, it can be all of those things as well, not to mention challenging and exhausting. After several years of dealing with food sensitivities in my husband and eldest son, I’ve found that it is important to take responsibility for your own food and to try to find something we can gather around at the table and enjoy.

Cultured foods have provided that for our family…. 

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My (new) Favorite Piece of Vegetable Fermentation Equipment

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I’m a simple, back-to-basics kind of gal, especially when it comes to fermenting vegetables. From the get-go, I have always fermented in canning jars with zero extra equipment. Pints, quarts, half-gallons, all of them have held a traditionally pickled vegetable in one form or another. In the five plus years that I have been doing… 

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Lacto-fermented Olive Oil Mayonnaise

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Many people love mayonnaise on sandwiches, in salads, and as a delicious condiment to freshly steamed vegetables. But most commercial mayonnaise is made with processed vegetable oils. Using an unrefined olive oil is a great alternative. To preserve the mayonnaise for better keeping and add enzymes, try this lacto-fermented recipe.

The Versatility of Water Kefir

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From the Editor: Please welcome Suzanne, Cultures for Health Customer Support Rep and Cultured-Kitchen Keeper. I’ve been stuck in a rut with my home cultures. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice rut! I love my plain kombucha, water kefir flavored with lemon juice, and kimchi. My kiddo eats cultured carrot sticks regularly and doesn’t… 

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A Closer Look: Brown Rice Sourdough Starter

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“I do not know much about sourdough starters, I tried to make my own but it didn’t work, this did. I have had it going for a few weeks now. We have made pancakes, waffles, crepes with the extra sourdough and 2 batches of bread with the starter. The bread was pretty flat because it… 

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