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My recent article comparing the probiotic potency and overall health benefits of milk kefir versus yogurt spawned a lot of emails to my inbox with questions about how water kefir fits into the mix. After a bit of reflection on the subject, I came to the conclusion that the topic really deserved its own blog …

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Whey in its liquid and whole food form is the ideal starter for probiotic rich, health enhancing fermented foods and drinks. Liquid whey is most easily and economically obtained from raw milk that has naturally soured, or clabbered, on the kitchen counter. Clabbered milk is a very useful item for the traditionally minded cook and …

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Fermented cucumbers are a healthy, probiotic and enzyme rich alternative to store pickles packed in vinegar. When my Australian husband first moved to the United States some years ago after we first got engaged, he commented that Americans must really love pickles because no matter where you go in the US, deli sandwiches are almost …

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There seems to be a bit of confusion going around about fermented foods and the difference between what you make in your kitchen and the pickled versions that are available on the supermarket shelf. For example, in one of my video lessons, I demonstrate how to make sauerkraut in the traditional manner.  After the shredded …

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If you are interested in trying your hand at making cheese, ricotta is a great one to start with. The deliciously sweet, creamy ricotta curds are slightly off white in color with a taste and texture a bit reminiscent of cottage cheese though considerably lighter. The great news is that messing up ricotta is just …

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The benefits of fermented foods consumed on a regular basis are many. Consequently, over the past 18 months, 20 of the well over 50 Traditional Cooking how-to videos filmed for this blog specifically address the topic of fermented foods and beverages. I’ve never filmed an overview of this topic for beginners, however. At least until …

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One of my very favorite salad dressings is Thousand Island. Unfortunately, the bottled versions purchased from the grocery store don’t do it justice.  Not by a long shot. Homemade thousand island dressing is definitely the way to go! The rancid vegetable oils like soy or canola, chemical additives, artificial thickeners and even high fructose corn …