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WAKE UP! Activating Dried and Sleepy Milk Kefir Grains

by Jerri Dried Milk Kefir Grains are awesome to work with, or to have on hand as a back up for current grains. NWFerments can help you get started if you've always wanted to start on that probiotically awesome journey! You'll notice the dried grains will have some larger pieces along with some smaller pieces, and that they are brownish in color€.oh, and they smell a bit pungent! All normal so make sure you have a good quality, regularly pasteurized milk to get started. I lucked out with some organic milk that was marked down, but still had plenty of days before its best by date. You'll need a quart jar, and just 1 cup of milk to get started....

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FAQS - Heirloom Thermophilic Yogurt

FAQs: Can I use Ultra Pasteurized milk? There is nothing else at the store. NEVER EVER use Ultra Pastuerized milk or Flash or UP or UHT or HTST milk. It's cooked, dead milk, and cultures cannot survive in it. Always use milk that states only pasteurized on the label. Also new to the market is ultra-filtered milk, one brand in particular says there is no lactose, which is what your bacteria needs to eat. The fact alone it is overly processed is bad news for a living culture.   I have access to raw milk. Can I use it? Yes, you have two choices. 1) Properly pasteurize the raw milk and continue with the normal directions. 2) If you want...

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Rye Sourdough

by Suzanne When my children were young, it was easy to maintain the diet I thought best. I am in charge of grocery shopping and cooking, so basically they ate what I put on the table, and it worked really well. We were all healthy and no one knew anything different.  And now, the teen years. As my children get older and more independent, they are discovering all sorts of processed foods, some better than others. And most contain ingredients I would never have chosen for them. But it's time to let them make their own decisions€and subtly add in some healthier choices when I can.  We've been avoiding grains for years, but in order to provide some food 'like...

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International Holiday Foods and Ways to Make Them Fermented!

I've always enjoyed learning how to make foods from around the world. Discovering new ingredients and methods not only helps to broaden your palate, it also gives you a little insight into different cultures. Ingredients are often chosen because of availability- what is most easily grown, foraged or purchased. The best methods are those that are passed on from generation to generation- lovingly taught or deciphered from well-worn hand written recipes. Celebrations are an especially good time to reconnect with old traditions and memories, or better yet start some new ones! Each culture has it's own unique dishes- some eaten regularly, some reserved for holidays and special occasions. Fermented foods are often a part of these meals, but if not,...

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