Do Fermented Foods Reduce Anxiety?

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A recent article on National Geographic points to some research that shows how gut health and fermented foods may help reduce anxiety.  It continues to show that we are just scratching the surface on the benefits of traditional fermented foods…. 

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Recipe Writing Fun, Part 2

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Today I’m making gruyere for the second time, with raw milk from our Jersey cows. This means that along with two gallons of milk, I will need: Propionic Shermanii culture Thermophilic type B culture Veal rennet (I will use veggie rennet for test #3) Strong brine Stainless steel pot Glass measuring cup My favorite waterproof… 

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Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

Most blue cheese dressing recipes contain a combination of cultured dairy and mayonnaise as the base. To that you add blue cheese, some acidity, salt, and pepper. In this version the mayonnaise is replaced with additional cultured dairy. With the right ratio of acidity, blue cheese, and seasonings, you won’t even miss the mayonnaise!

Five Things I Wish I Had Known Before Making Tempeh

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I eat tempeh all of the time. My neighborhood grocery store doesn’t carry it, so I always go buy a pack when I am near a store that stocks my favorite brand. Sadly, my tempeh of choice seems to have slipped in quality recently, so I decided to make my own.

A Closer Look: Plastic Strainer

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Today we are going to take a closer look at the plastic strainer.  These plastic strainers are one of my favorite tools for making both milk and water kefir. They easily catch the grains and fit over a wide-mouth mason jar lid with just a bit of overhang.