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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What’s New at CFH: Save 25% on Essential Oils and a New Peppermint Mouth Wash Recipe

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Until 8/16/15 you can save 25% on Essential Oils by using coupon code EO2015 at checkout!  And, if you have Peppermint essential oil already (or plan to buy it) you might find this new Peppermint Mouth Wash Recipe refreshing and easy!

Culturing Fruit Juice with Water Kefir Grains

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It has been a while since I’ve had enough water kefir grains to take a chance on something new. I generally do not like to mess with mother cultures unless I have a backup. So I’ll take an extra kombucha SCOBY and throw it into some apple juice or that extra clump of milk kefir… 

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My Try at the DIY Hand Sanitizer Gel

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I am usually anti-hand sanitizer. I cringe at the sight of little bottles that hang on to your purse or belt loops. They are just not effective to actually CLEANSE the hands, although if your hands are fairly clean they will kill some germs if there is enough alcohol in it. And I just don’t… 

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A Closer Look: Relaxation Essential Oil Blend

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Slow your pace with Relaxation Essential Oil Blend. This refreshing citrus and herbal blend helps you to wind down after a hectic day and relax your mind and body.