water kefir grains

How to Brew Water Kefir (a quick tutorial)

Water kefir, a fermented beverage teeming with beneficial bacteria, is remarkably simple to prepare  and often more palatable than other probiotic tonics like kombucha and beet kvass.   Similar in flavor to a dry, slightly fizzy lemonade, water kefir is pleasant and even small children can enjoy it.   When my son was littler than… 

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milk kefir

Milk Kefir: What It Is and How to Brew It

Milk kefir is, to put it lightly, an acquired taste.   Sour and pungent, milk kefir is a cultured dairy food originally from the Caucuses – the region where Europe meets Asia.   There it has been traditionally heralded as an elixir of long life and health.   It seems that there’s wisdom in this… 

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Prebiotics & Probiotics

Prebiotics and probiotics represent essential aspects of a wholesome, nourishing diet.   Though not the same, prebiotics and probiotics complement one another and work together to improve overall health and wellness.   Simplistically, a prebiotic promotes the proliferation of beneficial bacteria while probiotics contain live beneficial bacteria that help to recolonize your intenstinal flora.  … 

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Sour Pickles

Sour pickles are a mainstay at our summer dinner table.   Naturally fermented, sour pickles are rich in beneficial bacteria and food enzymes, offering a dairy-free source of probiotics. Vinegar pickles lack the beneficial bacteria and many of the heat-sensitive vitamins found in traditional, sour pickles.   You see, real pickles are naturally fermented through… 

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10 Ways to Get More Probiotics (without Dairy)

We hear it all the time (and I say it plenty!): eat your yogurt for probiotics.   But if you choose not to eat dairy foods or cannot tolerate them, finding dairy-free probiotic foods can pose more of a challenge; however, that doesn’t have to be the case.   Indeed, there are many, many dairy-free… 

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For the Love of Fresh Cream

Fresh cream.   Fresh raw cream.   I love it in all its thick, silky glory.   I love the taste, and the texture it lends to dishes – both savory and sweet.   There’s nothing quite like it, and when cream’s truly fresh – it borders on the divine. We’re fortunate, after a year… 

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Reader Questions: Animal Fat & Lactic Acid Fermentation

Ricki asked: Actually … Ricki commented on Fats for Cooking and Fats to Eat Uncooked a few days ago, but I thought it was such an insightful and good question that I wanted to give it greater visibility. Q: Thanks for the great info re: cooking fats and oils. Just wondering about the source of… 

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Fat Soluble Vitamins: Vitamins A, D, E & K

Fat Soluble Vitamins Fat soluble vitamins are critical to health and wellness–particularly reproductive health and wellness.   Unfortunately, adequate intake of fat soluble vitamins is sorely lacking among modern peoples–especially by comparison to traditional societies. Average intake of fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K is inadequate at best… 

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Want Healthy Children? Let them Eat Dirt!

We all want healthy children, but did you know that children who eat dirt might actually be doing their bodies and long-term health a tremendous service? Providing a healthy, clean environment for children is of paramount importance, but the over sanitation of childhood might actually be doing   children more harm than good.   The… 

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Reader Questions: Homemade Cider, Water Kefir Grains

In a new segment I thought I’d answer some reader questions.   Indeed, if there’s enough interest, I’ll answer reader questions every Wednesday.   If you have a question about food, recipes, traditional foods and nutrition or frugal cooking feel free to contact me. Can homemade cider make people sick? Anything food can harbor potential… 

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