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Monday, May 14, 2012

Cultured Food Life

I have been getting serious about culturing again...I always get the "itch" this time of year. But this time...it's a little different. This time, I am ready to make lasting changes of long term habit in this area. In my research I am convinced that the  things we can do with cultured foods can go far beyond sauerkraut and smoothies!!! So, I have been experimenting with different combinations of my own (which I will share with you soon!) and I have been looking for "inspiration" otherwise, so that I will have the variety that this momma requires to keep it a lasting lifestyle habit!

This time of year is a WONDERFUL time to make these changes too.  Fermenting food requires no heating up the kitchen and fresh produce is plentiful.  I have 6 half gallons of carrots spears, asparagus, cauliflower and onions and bell peppers fermenting as I type and I'm just getting started! Mmmm mmmm good!!!

I had this book, Cultured Food Life on my mental wish list since it was released, and last week I splurged! The day I received it, I sat down and read it form cover to cover! What a wonderful book! I decided, I had to carry it in our little Amazon family store (and one day our "real store" too) and feature it here, in the hopes that others will get it too! The book is simple and concise. It is beautiful and informative...but NOT overwelming. She shares the basics about cultured foods so that the very beginner will be informed, but not intimidated. She also shares her own testimony about how these foods have changed her health.

 I think the author, Donna Schwenk, has done and excellent job in conveying the simplicity of cultured foods in her first book.  At the same time, she offers lots of variety in what to DO with kefir, cultured vegetables and Kombucha, so that even the experienced "culturist" will appreciate and enjoy the book too!  I think this book will make a wonderful gift to share with someone who is new to fermented foods, so much so, that I bought another one the next day and sent it to my mom!



Andi said...

I am sooo curious now! I will have to pray for this book and hopes Abba brings the blessing. Thank you for sharing... love you!

Anonymous said...

I'll have to purpose to come back to discover your combos. I feel so good and really enjoy the taste of most all cultured food!
A few seasons ago I began simply taking my large crocks and layering them with whatever was being harvested, then covered them in a brine. I then canned them. My favorites, kohlrabi, cauliflower, carrots and peppers.

Have you ever tried making the orangeade from Sally's book? I have always wanted to do that but never got around to it. Lately we have been doing all kinds of fruit combos with Tibicos. I found this to be so much easier than keeping kombucha going.

Shalom PAM!

Moira said...

This looks like a really good book. I'll have to check it out!

The culturing you did the other day, was it inspired by this book?

Let us know how it turns our :)

MommySetFree said...

The culturing I was doing the other day, when we talked was some of my own experiments...I was waiting for this one to come in the mail. It arrived shortly there after. I am currently experimenting with some of my own combos as well as recipes from this book and one other I hope to review really soon. It is another resource I am VERY excited about!