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Kombucha Candy

by Suzanne Recently, I took my son to Rooks Barber Shop for his semi-annual haircut (don't ask!). As I was watching the hair fall to the floor, it somehow reminded me of periodically removing the scoby from my kombucha jar when it gets too thick. I realize it's a stretch for some of you, but when you have fermentation on the brain all the time, as I do, then practically everything relates somehow! That brings me to today's topic: what to do with the numerous scobys that build up in your kombucha jar. By far the easiest thing to do is to just toss them out. But that seems pretty heartless, especially if you get attached to your ferments the...

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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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Fermented Garlic Carrots

by Suzanne Visiting the farmer's market each week is a great way to get motivated for fermenting vegetables. Here in Portland, Oregon, my local market is already filled with so many vegetables, it's difficult to choose just one! However, I prefer to keep things simple, so this week, I'm going for fermented carrots. Fermented carrots are a wonderful, kid-friendly snack, and they take almost no time to put together. Garlic adds wonderful flavor, as do many herbs, such as thyme or rosemary. Today, however, I am keeping it simple, so just garlic cloves for a little added kick. Getting started, Get Fermented I assemble everything I need: Carrots Garlic cloves, peeled Sea salt Filtered water Measuring cup and spoons Pint jar...

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