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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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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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Which Sugar Should I Use for Water Kefir?

There are many choices when it comes to sugar - what you decide to use depends on your desired result. Rapadura is the least refined sugar. It's produced by pressing the pure juice from the sugar cane, then cooking at low temps to evaporate the water off. The end product still includes the molasses, which holds all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Because of this, it has a stronger molasses-like flavor.  Rapadura is slower to metabolize, unlike more refined sugars, making it a better choice health-wise. Demerara, turbinado and muscovado are more processed than rapadura. The molasses has been removed during crystal formation. Then some is added back in for nutrients and color. Chemicals are sometimes used in the...

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3 Tips for Getting Started with Fermented Foods

by SuzanneIf you're new to fermentation, it's possible that you have a few jars of fermented carrot sticks, radishes, or sour cream in your fridge, and you're wondering...what now? Making big changes to your diet can be scary and confusing. New recipes, odd ingredients, kids making funny faces--all these can make you wonder if all this probiotic stuff is really for you. Don't despair! There are some easy ways to incorporate those new foods into your favorite meals. 1. Add fermented foods in small amounts, like a condiment. Family taco night? Chop a few fermented carrot sticks and serve them right alongside your usual ingredients. The color alone will be so attractive, your family will not be able to resist...

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