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Traveling with Culture

Summer is here, and you may have plans to go to faraway (or not-so-faraway) places. How do you plan to keep your gut healthy? Many is the time that I've returned from vacation to find myself: bloated, constipated, and broken out like a teenager (TMI, right?). Vacation sometimes leads to excess. But if you have ACCESS (to probiotic cultures) it will help balance the effects of EXCESS. Of course, these days, you can find fermented foods almost anywhere - even in those "big box" stores that I shall not name ;) . But if you want maximal good bacteria with minimal additives, your best bet is always to make your own. You CAN opt bring a small amount of your...

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Fermentation on Vacation

Years ago, when traveling, I would have to do research on my destinations as to where all the natural food stores were. I had to be sure I'd be able to get my "fix" (primarily Kombucha) wherever I went. If you're an addict like me, you know what a few days without can do to your system! Especially with all the other indulgences that come with vacationing (too much food, too much drink...). These days, my magical elixir of fermentation can be found everywhere, even in mainstream grocery stores! In many ways, this is wonderful- easier access, more selection, competitive pricing, and healthy ferments are now being consumed by the masses. But in other, deeper ways, I prefer my old...

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Eau de Kombucha (an Ode to Kombucha)

Oh kombucha...Sour, tangy, nostril-searing, eye-burning. Some want nothing to do with the distinctive (pun intended) smell & taste. There are definitely two breeds of people: kombucha lovers & not-so-lovers. You either like it or you don't-not much grey area there. I have grown to adore the taste and don't really mind the smell. I'm always amused by the reactions of new visitors & delivery people at our facility. We ARE quite fragrant, but that is all part of our mystique ;) The aromas of fermentation can be pungent & even off-putting to some, but not to me. It gets my tummy grumbling in anticipation of that gut-healthy goodness. Long may we crazy fermenters live, with our odd smells, regular bowels...

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New Beginnings

Spring cleaning, fresh start, new beginning They're all cliches, but somehow completely appropriate, too. Spring does make me feel like getting started, though usually I get started (or re-started) on the more mundane things: cleaning out the garage, going through last year's summer clothes, preparing the garden for seedlings, etc, etc. One spring task that never gets boring is getting ready for fermenting season. Yes, fermenting season is what I call it. I keep my house pretty cool through the winter, so any fermented food or drink takes some extra time and effort. But when the temperature creeps up just a little, I get excited. I see bubbles, I dream of pickles, I order cultures, and I begin.   What...

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