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For ten dollars per starter, I will give you a jar with a starter culture (sourdough, kefir grains, filmjölk yogurt starter, or kombucha mother a.k.a. SCOBY), detailed instructions and some of my favorite recipes. With a few simple supplies and ingredients it's very easy to maintain a consistent source of these probiotic foods.
Many starters available online are shipped dehydrated and take a while to "wake up." My starter cultures are living and active. Buy today and have sourdough waffles with a glass of kefir and a dish of filmjölk yogurt tomorrow! Kombucha generally takes between seven and fourteen days to ferment, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.
I have been making kombucha home for several years and seen a benefit in my family's health. The probiotics in kombucha help my son's eczema. Plus we enjoy the taste. My kids don't ask for soda, they ask for pomegranate maple kombucha! I usually use non-GMO natural cane sugar and green tea to brew my kombucha, but you can also use black or even white tea. Brew your own kombucha at home for a fraction of the price of buying a bottle at the grocery store!
Filmjölk, a sweet and tangy drinkable yogurt originally from Scandinavia, is one of my favorite ferments. It is a mesophilic culture, which means the probiotics will culture milk at room temperature. If you can pour milk into a jar and be patient enough to wait 24 hours, you can make this yogurt! The filmjölk has always been cultured in organic whole milk.
Organic Whole Wheat Sourdough:
My beautifully bubbly whole wheat sourdough has always been cultured with filtered water and organic whole wheat flour. Storing it in the refrigerator allows for a slower fermentation and it needs less attention than sourdough cultured at room temperature on the counter.
Organic Milk kefir:
My kefir grains have always been cultured in organic whole milk. A tablespoon or two of these gummy-like kefir grains will culture about 1-2 cups of milk in 24 hours and will continue to grow (especially if you add a bit of cream to your milk), able to culture a quart of milk within a week or two. I've noted over the years that the numerous probiotics in kefir help my family digest grains more readily.
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Supplies and ingredients needed to make kefir:
Nylon mesh strainer (optional, but very useful)
Supplies needed to make kombucha:
Glass bottles with swing/grolsch tops (necessary for a secondary fermentation to make fizzy, soda-like kombucha)
Tea (black, green, or white)