When I began to make water kefir, I ran into a problem pretty quickly: what was I going to do with it? All of the probiotic elixir coming out of my kitchen just couldn’t go to waste! At first I mixed the water kefir with freshly-squeezed lemon juice to create lemonade, but soon my family wanted more variety. So… I experimented with tea. [by Katie Baldridge]
If the cultures in my kitchen could talk, they’d likely tell tales of their travels — both where they’ve come from and where they’ve gone. Of course, they can’t talk, so I thought I’d tell their tales instead. What about your cultures? Where have they come from, and where have they gone? [by Sonya Hemmings]
This lovely dessert can be prepared in advance, stored in the freezer, and kept on hand for unexpected company or a holiday dinner! In addition to being easy to prepare, this dessert is loaded with all sorts of healthy benefits. Kefir is the result of a very happy relationship between bacteria and yeast (in the water kefir mother culture) that ends up in a delightfully fizzy probiotic beverage that aids in digestion. Not to mention, it’s tasty! What better way to end a festive dinner? [by Jenny Cazzola]
Beets! When blessed with a harvest of beets (as we were last weekend), you can’t help but say to yourself, “Now what am I going to do with all these?” And of course *some* little people may be thinking, “Oh, NO, it’s time for beets again.” Facing reluctant beet-eaters, your best approach for familial happiness is to prepare beets in multiple ways. You’ll make full use of the harvest, plus get lots of beet nutrition in your diet. In this round-up of nutritious beet recipes, I’m going to begin with a brand-new recipe for fermented shredded beets, and then share other ideas for eating up those nutritious beets!
I’ve never really paid much attention to coconuts. After all, I live in Northern California. Coconuts don’t exactly grow around here. I remember my grandfather buying one and cracking it open when I was little. It was a complete novelty. Then came the start of my real food education and my new love for coconuts! Coconut water is one amazing coconut product that has proven to be an extremely pivotal part of the healing journey in our home.
This week for Real Food Quote Monday (RFQM), you’ll hear a funny tale of a scoby (mother culture for the fermented Kombucha beverage) gone wild!
Yesterday I shared a simple recipe for making water kefir, along with some flavoring ideas. That was putting the cart a bit before the horse, in that I didn’t tell you much about what makes water kefir so great. But it should have gotten you excited to try it, based on the flavor possibilities and its being very soda-like! Let’s talk now about what makes water kefir special. [by Wardee Harmon]