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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Lacto-Fermenting the Garden and Long-Term Storage

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Along with dehydration, fermentation has been used for a very long time as a way to harness food preservation. Without refrigeration, canning, or freezing; these means of putting food up were critical for the safety and livelihood of cultures everywhere. But in our modern day culture where these other high-energy means of food preservation are… 

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Quick Kombucha Pickled Beet Salad

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The beets and kombucha in this recipe combine for a lovely flavor. If you prefer a little less zing in your salad, use milder kombucha.

Making Lemon and Orange Curd Cheese

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Don’t have a fancy culture on hand? How about lemons and oranges? I tend to be pretty thrifty, so after coming across a coupon for free organic milk, I planned to make some cheese that didn’t require a culture. It’s basically a curd cheese that is acidified by the juices of lemons and oranges, so… 

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A Closer Look: The Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit

Organic Wheat Grass Kit

Today we are going to take a look at the Cultures for Health Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit.  This kit is a great way to grow your very own wheatgrass at home. Small apartment or kitchen? No problem with this kit’s perfectly sized growing tray and complete instructions. You’ll be enjoying organic wheatgrass juice in no… 

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