Finding Real Sourdough: Am I a Purist?

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We used to live in an area that had deep real food roots. The farmer’s market was huge and there were several in the area. Farmers came in from all around to sell their goods to grocers, restaurants, and home cooks. I took my baby and toddling sons – now 6 & 8 – to a farmer’s co-op every Friday to pick up fresh meat, milk, eggs, and any produce they had. I knew most of those farmers by name.

At those Friday co-op pickups we also used to be able to source sourdough bread from a local artisan baker. Rye or whole wheat, these were tangy and dense and nourishing loaves. He even taught a sourdough class I attended one evening when I first started baking with sourdough.

We now live in a more rural area, ironically, and I’ve found it very difficult to find real food. We’re producing more of our own, but those artisan producers and small farmers are sorely missed. I’ve looked everywhere in our area for real, true sourdough bread and I’ve yet to find it. Maybe I have too high of standards, but those loaves and bags claiming sourdough on the label just aren’t it.

Here’s what I’m looking for…

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Two Cheeses, One Day: Cottage Cheese

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I got to spend all of today hanging out with one of my favorite people, Jerrilynn! We got together to make traditional mozzarella. However, when she got here I realized that I had more milk than we needed, so we decided to make cottage cheese at the same time. Two pots of cheese in five… 

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Weekly Cultured Gathering: August 23

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Donna at Cultured Food Life has an interesting article called Kombucha – Healing My Addiction.  In it she goes through some of the symptoms she had after drinking certain types of pop and how Kombucha was the ultimate solution.  How about you?  Have you switched to fermented beverages for a carbonated and healthy alternative?

What’s New at CFH: Free Standard Shipping on Orders over $40* & 3 Sourdough Recipes

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For the next few days you can get free shipping on your orders if they are over $40.  See below for the coupon code and details.  There are also 3 new sourdough recipes this week from crackers to burger buns!

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… 

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