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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A Closer Look: Viili Yogurt Starter

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  ” My family loves this yogurt. We use local dairy pasteurized milk. I typically just mix some jelly and chia seeds into it and my family loves it. Super easy to reuse. And I absolutely love that’s its a room temp culture. Thanks!” -Kim Today we are going to take a closer look at… 

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Weekly Cultured Gathering: July 12

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We will get this week rolling with two interesting links submitted last week.  The Local Kitchener contributed Cultured Catsup or Fermented Ketchup and Nourishing Foodways submitted Flower Power Herbal Kombucha.  Join in this week and leave a comment or link!

What’s New at CFH: Save 20% on Water Kefir Grains & Some New Recipes

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Every week we’re going to bring you the best of the week in posts from right here at the CFH blog, news you can use from the CFH site, and new recipes and products you might be interested in.

Why I’m Soaking Grains in Milk Kefir Right Now

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I’m a huge fan of sourdough. In about six weeks I’ll probably start up the New Zealand Rye starter I have sitting on my desk. I’m deliberately putting it off – both for my own sanity and for the viability of that dehydrated starter. I just know that the likelihood of it staying vigorous and… 

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