Weekend Links

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Links for this week: Can Children Still Run Free in 2014 @ The Art of Simple  (similar in theme to my post this week, Are We Hurting or Helping Our Kids With Overprotective Helicopter Parenting?) To the Wife Trying to Get Her Husband to Eat Real Food @ Don’t Waste the Crumbs Why Rest Takes Courage @ (in)courage Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe @ Mommypotamus 5 Ways to Say No @ Live Well Spend Less Carmelized Green Beans @ How Does She?  Blueberry Mini Muffins […]

6 Cultured Foods to Make at Home

Cultured Foods to Make at Home

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 […]

Summer Giveaway Week: Win a 4-Tray Excalibur Dehydrator from Cultures for Health ($129.99 value)

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The timing couldn’t be better for this giveaway! With abundant summer produce just around the corner, whether it’s from your backyard garden or the farmer’s market, now is the time to think about how you’ll preserve the season’s bounty. I own a 9-tray Excalibur Dehydrator myself and it is a favorite kitchen tool of mine. I use my dehydator for: “sun-dried” tomatoes drying veggies like beans, zucchini, etc. fruit leathers dried fruits (plums, banana chips, apples, berries– anything that sounds good!) dry herbs for cooking drying […]

Save Money by Culturing Foods with DIY Starters (and Cultures for Health Giveaway!)

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Many of us know the health benefits of eating cultured and fermented foods, but buying pre-made yogurt, kefir, sourdough breads, kombucha and the like can cost a pretty penny. Did you know that these health-boosting cultured foods can be easily and cheaply prepared at home using starter cultures? I cringe when I go to buy a $3.99 or $4.99 tub of organic, whole milk yogurt, a mere 750 ml (or about 3 cups). Not even enough for one breakfast in our home. Yet I can buy a […]

Traditional Beverage: Kombucha

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer A couple years ago when someone first told me about WAP (Weston A. Price), I joined an online group.  People there kept talking about kombucha.  It sounded weird!  I had no idea what it was, or why anyone would want to drink it.  They kept talking about it as this special, prized drink that they wanted their children to have, and debating its merits. It wasn’t until almost a year ago (quite awhile after I first heard of it!) […]

For the Love of Sourdough! Starting a Sourdough Adventure

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Written by Stacey Taggart, Contributing Writer My love for sourdough began on our honeymoon when my husband and I explored San Francisco.  I have bought it as often as I could since then, enjoying it every single time. Not too long ago, I learned I could make my own sourdough at home!  At first, I was both fascinated and intimidated.  Thankfully, my curiosity won over and our sourdough adventure began! I still find sourdough to be completely fascinating and I shouldn’t have felt intimidated – […]

Making Homemade Yogurt

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Written by Emily, Contributing Writer I’ve been making homemade yogurt for just about two years now, and I love the convenience, quality, and savings of making yogurt at home. Yogurt is one of the most basic traditional foods, and even if you are just getting started with real food, including yogurt in your diet is an easy way to reap so many of the health benefits of cultured dairy. One of the main health benefits of yogurt, besides the protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals, are […]

Using Sourdough in Wonderful and Unusual Ways

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I tend to be a creature of habit. I like to do things the usual or “normal” ways. I color inside the lines. I like clothes in classic styles that match easily. I prefer using tried and true recipes or simply adapting an existing recipe rather than creating my own from scratch. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, to know that I use my sourdough starter for making (what else?) bread. Just bread. How much I’ve missed by believing that sourdough is only good for bread […]