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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Fermented Berry Syrup

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This syrup is simple to make and keep on hand for topping any sort of dessert, or adding to cold water for a refreshing soda.

A Taste of Fall

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We got a burst of cool weather recently and it inspired me to take my Desem Sourdough Starter out of cold storage. Since my house is so tiny, my oven easily raises the ambient temperature in my house by at least 3-5°F each time I turn it on. Therefore my oven sits unused and lonely… 

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A Closer Look: Mesophilic Direct Set Culture

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  Today we are going to take a closer look at the Cultures for Health Mesophilic Direct Set Starter Culture.  This is used for making semi-soft and fresh cheeses including Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, Feta, Chevre, etc.

Weekly Recap – August 15th Edition

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It’s time for the weekly recap.  Leave your favorite links or ideas in the comments below!