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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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Hot, Salty & Sour: My Kimchi Recipe

I love kimchi, and I make kimchi at home a few times a year, usually in the autumn when Napa cabbage, hefty daikon radishes, carrots, garlic and chili peppers can all be found at the market in abundance. I buy them by the case, taking advantage of discounted prices – cabbage for 75 cents a… 

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Brine-pickled Beets with Ginger and Orange

Fermented beets, dank and earthy and sour, number among my favorite ferments of vegetable.  While I will always love the fetid odor of a true sauerkraut, the clean and salty sharpness of Moroccan preserved lemons or the brackish must of a home-cured olive, it is fermented beets – lovingly spiced and brine-pickled – that makes… 

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brine pickled garlic scapes

Brine-pickled garlic scapes, a near-perfect example of waste-not, want-not thinking, makes excellent use of a seemingly obscure food – one cherished only by gardeners and only the most enthusiastic of farmers market goers: the humble garlic scape.  The garlic scape, a long and serpentine stem that protrudes from garlic as it grows before opening into… 

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