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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 culture...

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Hello, we'd like to welcome you to our "Font of Information"! Sue and I will be sharing tips, stories and recipes about culturing and the fermenting life. We also have a couple of wonderfully knowledgeable writers on board - Suzanne & Stacie. They're experts on cultures, fermentation & cheese making. With our Superteam (and a guest writer now & then) we hope to keep you entertained as well as informed. Whether you're an old hand at culturing or a newcomer, we hope you will enjoy, and keep coming back! Happy Fermenting, Wendy & Sue A couple of truly cultured women ;)

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