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6 Cultured Foods to Make at Home
Posted By Mindy On December 31, 2012 @ 3:00 am In In the kitchen,Real Food,Recipes,Traditional foods | 18 Comments
Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer
Probiotics are a great way to keep your digestive system working properly . Lots of people take probiotics in pill form, but I love getting in as many probiotics as I can through my food and drinks.
What are the best foods to eat to fill your body up with all of those beneficial probiotics? Cultured and fermented foods!  They are full of probiotics, and they are easy to make yourself at home .
Here are six different cultured foods that you can easily make at home to help your family have a steady supply of probiotics.
Yogurt is probably the most well-known cultured food in our society. The problem with most varieties that you find in the store is the fact that they are filled with artificial flavors and tons of sugar.
The solution? Make yogurt yourself at home! It's really very simple, and there are several different methods that you can try. Pick the one that seems the easiest to you!
Homemade Slow Cooker Yogurt  (this is the method that I use)
Milk kefir is similar to yogurt. It is not as thick as yogurt, and has a slightly more sour taste. It makes a wonderful base for smoothies!
To make milk kefir, you simply put kefir grains in a jar of fresh milk and let it culture at room temperature for around 24 hours. When it is done, strain the grains from the kefir and repeat the process.
Water kefir is a sweet, fizzy beverage that is very easy to make at home. The process for making water kefir is similar to that of making milk kefir.
To make water kefir, you begin with a sugar water mixture that you add water kefir grains to. You then let it sit at room temperature for around 24 hours. During this time the grains eat most of the sugar and leave you with a delicious water kefir. Then you simply strain out the grains and repeat the process for a daily supply of fresh water kefir.
Many people find water kefir helpful for giving up soda pop. It is a healthful beverage besides water that you can enjoy without all of the sugar and chemicals found in pop. Instead of those nasty things, it's full of probiotics!
Kombucha has a special place in my heart. Our whole family loves kombucha, and we really enjoy the process of making it together as a family. We lovingly refer to it as boocha, which is the name given to it by our son.
If you have never tried kombucha before, it may require a bit of time to aquire a taste for it. Depending on how long you ferment (or culture) it for, it can be a bit tart. We like ours to be more on the sour side, and we love flavoring it with different fruit flavors.
There are two different methods for making kombucha. The continuous brew method  and the standard brew method . We started using the continuous brew method earlier this year, and it is definitely our favorite. This  is the jar  that we use (and love!) to brew our kombucha, and here  is a detailed explanation for using the continuous brew method .
Sourdough seems to be intimidating to many people, but once you get the hang of it, it's simple! We love using our sourdough starter to make bread, waffles, pancakes, and all sorts of other yummy goodies.
To get started with sourdough , you will either need to make your own sourdough starter  or buy one . Once your sourdough is thriving, you will get into a rhythm of caring for it  and then you will be making lots of yummy sourdough goodies to enjoy.
Here are some easy (and delicious) recipes to get you started.
If you're still looking for more recipes, I own and love this Sourdough from A to Z book . It is loaded with sourdough recipes that I use over and over again.
I don't have a lot of experience with lacto-fermented vegetables, but I have loved everything that I have been able to make up to this point. I am excited about using lacto-fermentation to preserve a lot of our garden bounty in the upcoming year.
Here are a list of simple lacto-fermented veggies for you to try yourself.
Lacto-Fermented Salsa  (this is delicious!)
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 keep your digestive system working properly: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/03/simple-ways-to-improve-your-digestion-and-gut-health.html
 Cultured and fermented foods!: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2008/06/baby-steps-eating-cultured-and-fermented-foods.html
 easy to make yourself at home: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1615641505/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=keeofthehom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1615641505
 Homemade Slow Cooker Yogurt: http://creatingnaturally.com/homemade-slow-cooker-yogurt-fall-in-love-with-your-slow-cooker-week/
 Homemade Stovetop Yogurt: http://www.stacymakescents.com/homemade-yogurt
 Homemade Countertop Yogurt: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/viili-yogurt-starter.html
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 continuous brew method: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha-continuous-brewing-system
 standard brew method: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/04/traditional-beverage-kombucha.html
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 make one yourself: http://www.picklesnhoney.com/2012/04/09/how-to-make-kombucha-growing-a-scoby/
 Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/StirredSourdough.jpg
 get started with sourdough: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/04/for-the-love-of-sourdough-starting-a-sourdough-adventure.html
 make your own sourdough starter: http://creatingnaturally.com/sourdough-starter-day-1/
 caring for it: http://creatingnaturally.com/how-to-care-for-your-sourdough-starter/
 Whole Wheat Sourdough Pancakes: http://creatingnaturally.com/whole-wheat-sourdough-pancakes/
 Whole Wheat Sourdough Biscuits: http://creatingnaturally.com/whole-wheat-sourdough-biscuits/
 Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2008/10/beautiful-bread-recipes.html
 Sourdough from A to Z book: https://rl102.infusionsoft.com/go/books/a42/
 Lacto-Fermented Salsa: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2010/10/the-benefits-of-lacto-fermentation-lacto-fermented-salsa-recipe.html
 Lacto-Feremented Pickles: http://ournourishingroots.com/real-food-101-how-to-make-lacto-fermented-pickles/
 Simple No-Pound Sauerkraut: http://gnowfglins.com/2012/04/17/simple-no-pound-sauerkraut-im-on-beyond-the-peel-tv/#
 Lacto-Fermented Dilly Beans: http://heartlandrenaissance.com/2010/08/lacto-fermented-dilly-beans/
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