The Newbie’s Guide to Cultured Food: My First Month

Newbie

I’m totally new to cultured foods. Until a couple months ago I had never heard of kefir or kombucha, and had no idea how easy and inexpensive it was to make yogurt at home. (I would’ve eaten a lot more yogurt in college had I known…) Getting into cultured foods has had its ups and down. I’ve made plenty of rookie mistakes, but I have been greatly rewarded with awesome results and a feeling of accomplishment!… 

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How to Make Fermented Vegetable Juice

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In many countries, fermented vegetable juices are commonly sold in grocery stores and enjoyed regularly by many, usually as a health tonic, but sometimes just because they are tasty. Fermented vegetable juice is made by placing a small amount of vegetables in a larger amount of liquid, fermenting, then straining out the solids. Beet kvass… 

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Soothing Lavender Facials

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During the spring and summer I work outside a lot. And despite being careful, I almost always end up getting a little pink at least once or twice a year. As a ginger, I take sunburn seriously, and I want to soothe and help my skin heal as quickly as possible. That’s where these lovely… 

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Long-fermented Sourdough Biscuits

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These biscuits are just a bit different than the usual baking powder biscuits in flavor and texture, but close enough that you’ll be reminiscing about sweet tea and the smell of magnolias over your steaming biscuits topped with butter.

Sprouts in My Home

Sprouts

I just love sprouts. I’ve loved sprouts since I was 7 years old, and would steal the whole clam shell of alfalfa out of the fridge, munching on them as an after school snack. At about $4 a container, my mother was not too happy about that. Now, I am able to make sprouts all… 

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