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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The Culture-Converted Husband: Action & Adventure

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As Shannon mentioned last week in her introductory post, my name is Stewart.  No introduction into a man’s perspective on fermentation would be complete without an action and adventure story.

Southwestern Cultured Cream Dip

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While guacamole is big in Tex-Mex food, it’s not always economical. Avocados are pricey and often hard to find in good shape. So this cultured cream dip takes its place at the table with similarly bold flavors. It is both spicy and smoky with chipotle powder, bright with lemon juice, and fresh with cilantro and… 

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The Most Versatile Cultures in My Kitchen: Water Kefir and Kombucha

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From the Editor: Please welcome Julie Feickert, Cultures for Health Founder and Cultured Kitchen Keeper. I’m a big fan of both water kefir and kombucha. They are delicious, easy to make, and I can generally keep them going in my kitchen no matter how crazy life gets. I also love them both because they are… 

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A Closer Look: Desem Sourdough Starter

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Today we are going to take a closer look at the Cultures for Health Desem Sourdough Starter.  Desem is a Flemish-style starter made with organic whole wheat flour. It makes delicious whole grain bread. For best results, we recommend feeding your Desem sourdough culture weekly.