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Making Friends With Your Milk Kefir

Milk kefir is one of the best ways to get your daily probiotics. It's full of the beneficial bacteria that helps your gut and digestive system work properly. If you're new to kefir- making, it can seem a little intimidating, but once you get production dialed in to your specific home environment, it's a breeze! Here are some things to consider: How much do you want to produce? It's always a good idea to start on a small scale if you're new to milk kefir. It will give you a chance to get the hang of it, reduce any waste, and you'll see results sooner. If you purchase live grains from NW Ferments, you'll receive a healthy teaspoon. This is...

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Choose Your Milk for Making Yogurt

by Suzanne Pasteurized? Homogenized? Grass-fed? How do you choose the best milk for making yogurt? What is Pasteurized Milk? Pasteurization is the process of heating milk to kill bacteria, making the milk stay fresh longer. While this process may have made milk easier to transport long distances, it may not be the best for milk you're going to use to make yogurt. There are different types of pasteurization, so be sure to check the carton before you buy! HTST or Flash Pasteurized milk is heated to 161ºF and held there for 15 seconds. If your bottle of milk is labeled simply Pasteurized, it has most likely been treated in this way. Pasteurized milk is a great choice for making your...

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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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