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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Making Milk Kefir When You Don’t Want to Keep Up With the Grains

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Right now we’re looking at triple digit temperatures for the coming weeks. Produce doesn’t last long on the counter. Water kefir and kombucha are fermenting faster than ever, I try not to ferment vegetables often in this weather, and I know I would kill milk kefir grains if I even forgot about them for a… 

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Raw Sprouted Granola

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This crunchy, raw, sprouted granola comes together quickly once all of the seeds have been sprouted. It makes great use of several different types of sprouts and tastes wonderful. If dehydrated below 113°F, all of the enzymes of the grain and seeds will remain intact, for a delicious and light breakfast. Use buckwheat and sunflower… 

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Sufu, Funyu, or Just Fermented Tofu?

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I grew up in an area with a strong Japanese influence. This may explain my love of Asian foods such as natto, tempeh, miso and others. But my very favorite food as a girl was chicken mafa. I asked for it for every birthday or celebration day, and begged for it as often as I… 

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A Closer Look: Castile SFIC Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base

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The original European soap, Castile Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base is made with high-quality olive oil, giving your skin a luxuriously moisturized, soft feel without leaving a greasy film. Add light or heavy scent, as you prefer, using any of our organic essential oils.