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An Intro to Yogurt

by Suzanne Trying to add probiotics to your diet but not sure how to get started? Enter Yogurt! Yogurt is the best introduction to probiotic foods you can find, and the whole family will love it! Why Make Yogurt At Home? Yogurt is familiar to nearly everyone, so it's easy to add to your daily meal plan. Kids love it! It mixes well with so many foods: berries, granola, nuts, and shredded coconut, just to name a few. Yogurt is also a wonderful addition to savory foods. Try a spoonful of plain yogurt atop beef stew, pasta, or any dish you would normally add sour cream to. When you make your own yogurt at home, you know exactly what the...

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Varieties of Sourdough

by Kim "How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?" This quote, said famously by baker Julia Child, sums up our feelings perfectly about the bread available today.Thus it warms our heart, just like the ovens of America, that we've seen so many people taking it upon themselves to produce their sourdough bread. People are moving wisely away from commercially produced bread, it's high sugar and additive contents, and towards recipes where they know exactly what's going into it. What we've seen, though, is the overwhelming amount of options. You decide to bake sourdough bread, and the question isn't how to do it, but which variety to choose (luckily you didn't live in ancient Greece, where...

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Water Kefir Ginger Ale

by Suzanne Water kefir ginger ale is one of my favorite fizzy drinks. It brings back memories of staying home from school with a sore throat, lying on the couch watching old movies on TV, with Mom taking care of me and serving a cool glass of ginger ale with a straw! Thinking back to those good old days made me crave a tall glass of ginger ale. I just knew I could make it fermented, too. First I made ginger tea: Bring 8 cups water to a full boil. Add …“-­½ cup of chopped fresh ginger, no need to peel it. Reduce heat, simmer for 15-­20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1½ cups sugar. I like to use rapadura for the rich flavor. Cool completely. Strain into a gallon jar. Next, I fermented the sweet ginger tea: Add 1 quart finished, unflavored water kefir and enough cool, filtered water to fill the jar about an inch from the top. Cover with a cloth, secured by a rubber band, just like making water kefir. Let that ginger water kefir ferment ­2 days at room temperature. You should be able to see some bubbles or foam on top at this point. Then I bottled the fermented ginger ale: After 2 days, bottle the liquid in tightly ­sealed bottles. Ferment on the counter-top another 12-­24 hours before refrigerating. I like to open one bottle as a test before refrigerating, just to make sure it's fizzy. If not, I let the sealeed bottles...

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