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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Calendula and Olive Leaf Healing Salve

Calendula and Olive Leaf Healing Salve

This all-purpose salve can be used for any and all minor injuries to replace commercial anti-bacterial creams.

Raw Goat Milk Yogurt (you eat with a spoon)

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I really didn’t mean to write yet another post about cultured dairy today. It’s not like it’s the only DIY project I’ve got going on right now with melt and pour soap, fermented vegetables, beet kvass, goat cheese, kefir of all kinds, and sourdough all hanging out in my kitchen. But, raw milk yogurt is… 

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Tangy Citrus Water Kefir Gelatin Dessert

Tangy Citrus Water Kefir Gelatin Dessert

Citrus juice and water kefir have a delicious affinity for one another. The slightly sweet and fermented beverage just cries out for a hit of tangy brightness. This gelatin dessert combines the two in a delicious dessert or snack that you can gladly hand out any time of day.

My Adventure with a Piesporter Wine Kit

My winemaking adventure

I was really excited to try one of our new wine kits. The problem was deciding which one to start with when there are so many great options! Initially I thought I’d try more than one kind, but I checked myself. There is only so much space in a house, right?  To make the decision… 

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