Experiments in Cultured Sodas

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If there is one thing the various healthy living camps can agree on, it’s that high-fructose corn syrup laden sodas are bad for you. It’s not just the high-fructose corn syrup, though. Even “naturally” sweetened sodas are incredibly high in sugar and therefore more of a celebratory drink than an every day beverage.

What many people don’t realize is that sodas have health-minded roots. Many of the tonics that modern day sodas are based on were rich in herbs, barks, roots, and even cultures. These would have most likely contained a sweetener of some sort, but more for the fuel of fermentation than a sickly sweet aftertaste.

Anyway, there are many ways to achieve that fizzy, fruity, slightly sweet, wonderfully delicious tonic of yesteryear. Some don’t even require a mother culture that needs tending, which is what I’ve been dabbling in lately.

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A Cultured Day In My Kitchen

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From the Editor: Please welcome Sarah, CFH Customer Support Rep and Cultured Kitchen-Keeper. We sometimes get asked how we fit all that cultured food into our life. I recently had a very cultured day and decided to share. This is not how everyday goes of course. Most of the cultured food gets made here and… 

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A Closer Look: Cream Cheese Starter

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“The product was just as described and easy to use. I just followed the included instructions and made amazing cream cheese!! I was shocked at how easy it was! I added chives and garlic powder yummy!!!” -Valerie

Weekly Cultured Gathering: March 22

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Take a look at this week’s links and see some of the comments and discussion from last week.  Topics of discussion include getting started on sauerkraut (and some encouragement to), salsa, and some gluten-free info.

What’s New at CFH: Save 20% on Crème Fraiche Starter & 2 New Gluten-free Recipes

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Every week we’re going to bring you the best of the week in posts from right here at the CFH blog, news you can use from the CFH site, and new recipes and products you might be interested in. This week you can save 20% on Crème Fraiche Starter and enjoy 2 new gluten-free recipes!