Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Probiotic Laboratory

kraut, kombucha, kefir cheese and whey
 In my kitchen, on any given day, you will find me growing healthy bacteria and yeast...

...using old fashioned methods and simple tools.

experimentation and creativity... make delicious things to eat and drink 

...breakfast smoothies

... kefir cheese dips

 ...sharing SCOBYs with family and friends
(symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)

...making health-promoting food that also tastes good

...with superior ingredients

...homegrown jalapenos

... fermented organic carrots


This looks yummy, does it not?

ya das ist gut 
(German for yummy)

They call me Dr. Frankenstein.

 More to come....

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  1. All your ferments look tasty! Just made 5 gallons of kombucha today. We drink it every night... Kefir in our morning smoothies and we ferment cabbage and cucumbers. But, kvass it next on the list! Also curious what you put in your kefir cheese dip? danke! :)

    1. JES, I've been experimenting with the kefir dip. My husband really likes it with some of our " magic dust," which is made from a combination of paprika, Celtic salt, mustard powder, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, garlic and cayenne. I like it with fresh garlic and green onion. The beet kvass surprised me; I really like it! I haven't fermented cukes yet. Will you share your recipe with me?

    2. Ooh, the fresh garlic and green onion sound good! I will try that combination. For my cukes, I used my blogging friend Jaquelines' recipe here: P.S. I let my cucumbers go for longer than she suggest (4 weeks)... Enjoy!

    3. Thank you for the recipe and tip! I hope you like the dip.

  2. Oh Yes! I was happy to see these pictures.
    I'm imagining something Yucky...when I hear these words; kefir, kombucha, fermented cabbage...but your photos show otherwise! It does all look so yummy!
    I've been reading and gathering information... I'm interested in this more and more.
    So yes, please...Do post more!

    1. A whole new world is about to open up for you, Pat!

  3. Great pics, mom! Although Johnny has taken to calling the Kombucha "Special K", lol.

    1. Thanks Rachel...AKA Frankenstein 2.0 :) Has he tried it yet?

  4. I love all of your laboratory photos! How industrious you are...I haven't made kombucha yet, but my daughter is bringing me a scoby this week - I can't wait to get started with that. Isn't this fermenting journey a fun one. I love your big yellow pyrex bowl; I have one just like it that I inherited. (We lived in Germany for 3 years, many moons ago.) Guten tag.

    1. You are going to love kombucha. Our favorite is green jasmine tea with blueberry cranberry for the 2nd ferment. I inherited the yellow bowl. ~Blessings

  5. P.S. Do you put whey in your kvass?

    1. Yes, JES, on the first ferment, I use 1/4, then I use finished kvass and the beets for a second round. (I use this recipe...including the reduced salt suggestion...


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