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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Beet Kvass

A Recipe for Beet Kvass: A Deeply Cleansing Tonic

To drink beet kvass is to taste the blood of the earth –  sweet and salty with a mineral-rich undertone that speaks of the soil itself.  Beet kvass is an acquired taste, much like other fermented foods whose characteristic sourness can offend tame palates.  In spite of – or perhaps because of – its briny… 

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28 Days of Real Food: Week #4 and Week #3 Re-cap

We’re on our last week of the challenge to eat real food for 28 days!  Are you still with me?  Are you enjoying sourdough breads and wholesome natural yogurts?  Are you celebrating wholesome, healthy fats in all their nutrient-dense glory?  Now’s the time to sit back, relax and evaluate the week. Did you miss an… 

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Real Food Challenge: Week 3 & Week 2 Re-cap

We’re half-way finished with the challenge: you’ve tackled the pantry, stocked up on wholesome food, learned to properly prepare grains and wholesome fats and even started to source good, fresh raw milk if you hadn’t already done so.  So, sit back and evaluate the week.  If you blog, share a link to your post (or… 

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Real Food Challenge: Week #2

You’ve got one week under your belts: you’ve cleaned out your pantry, learned about the proper preparation of grains, prepared a soaked flour recipe, started your sourdough, sprouted some grain and – perhaps – even attempted milling your very own flour. So it’s time to check in and let everyone know how you’re doing. Did… 

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Real Food Challenge: Week #1

It’s February 1st, and that means the 28-day Real Food Challenge is underway here at Nourished Kitchen.  Day #1’s assignment – cleaning your cupboards – has been sent out and participants should be receiving it shortly.  We’ll follow up with another assignment every day for the entire month of February with goal of  introducing the… 

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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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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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