How to Get More Kefir from Powdered Kefir Starter

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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Alcohol-Free Herbal Mouthwash

herbal mouthwash

Using vinegar rather than alcohol to provide refreshing zing and preserving quality, this recipe is great for the whole family. With peppermint zing and the anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil, this mouthwash is sure to leave your mouth clean and fresh.

A Closer Look: Spelt Sourdough Starter


“I am a newby to making bread with starter. But when I received the starter and followed the directions, I was pleasantly surprised with my first loaf of bread – also discovered naan and spelt sourdough pancakes (I just couldn’t discard any of it). And the second loaf I made was even better! Can’t say… 

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Sneak Peek: Cyber Monday – Save 20% Site Wide

Cyber Monday

Don’t miss out on the Cultures for Health Cyber Monday Sale!  You can save 20% off site wide… starting now!  Offer expires 11/30/15.  Use coupon code “HOLIDAY” at checkout.

Testing Out Sprouting Seed Viability


One thing that we have to pay attention to here on our homestead is seed viability. After a few years of holding onto those seed packets, the germination rate in our garden begins to plummet. And so we generally only keep seed around for a year or two at the most, depending on our ability… 

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