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Episode 168: The Probiotic Superstar in Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / August 3, 2021

Lactobacillus Plantarum is a very powerful good bacteria. It can remove pesticides from fermented food, lower cholesterol, help with candida, help with IBS, and is a welcome guest that works mightily for you by fiercely attacking pathogenic (bad) bacteria in our bodies. […]

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Episode 159: Frequently Asked Questions About Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / June 1, 2021

It’s my favorite time of the year – when I have an abundance of fresh vegetables that I can ferment. Fermented vegetables can last nine months stored in the refrigerator. […]

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Cultured Vegetables FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / May 15, 2021

Featured Image PositionClick to adjust the image position. Visitors will not see this. Frequently Asked Questions About Cultured Vegetables It’s my favorite time of the year – when I have an abundance of fresh vegetables that I can ferment. Fermented vegetables can last nine months stored in the refrigerator. They can provide you with months…

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Episode 129: How To Make Cultured Vegetables In The Summertime

By Donna Schwenk / July 21, 2020

There is no better time to make cultured veggies than in the summertime! The fruits and veggies are abundant and when you ferment them they’ll last nine months in your fridge! […]

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Episode 118: The Most Powerful Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / March 31, 2020

Our guts comprise at least 70% of our immune system and if your gut is healthy, guess what? Your immune system is too! Probiotic cultured foods are an important key but so is something else. Prebiotics are my new frontier of discovery, and all the things I am learning are blowing my mind. Check out the podcast to learn more about how to make the most powerful cultured vegetable recipe. […]

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Summer Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / June 30, 2018

There is no better time to make cultured veggies than in the summertime! The fruits and veggies are abundant and when you ferment them they’ll last nine months in your fridge! Culturing, or what can also be called fermenting, is a no-sweat endeavor. . .

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Episode 23: 7 Reasons I Eat Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / March 6, 2018

Cultured vegetables have special powers that go far beyond regular vegetables. They can be powerful food – like medicine – and here’s why you should have a jar in your fridge, and a fun recipe to try […]

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What’s This On My Cultured Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / January 21, 2018

Cultured vegetables are so easy to make with just a few exceptions. First of all, this is one of the safest ways to preserve your vegetables. It is scientifically impossible to get botulism from cultured vegetables. […]

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My cultured vegetables didn’t bubble — is everything okay?

By Donna Schwenk / September 21, 2017
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7 Reasons I Eat Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / April 29, 2017

Cultured vegetables have special powers that go far beyond regular vegetables. I love them and reach for them day after day and in times of special need. They can be powerful food – like medicine – and so I always have several jars in my refrigerator. […]

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Can cultured vegetables develop botulism?

By Chris Johnston / February 10, 2017

A Can cultured vegetables develop botulism? No. Botulism is an issue with canned goods because the heat used in canning kills all the good bacteria. When culturing foods, the healthy bacteria thrive and make it impossible for the bacteria that cause botulism to survive.

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Cultured Vegetables Time Lapse

By Donna Schwenk / January 24, 2017
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How to Take Cultured Foods Anywhere (Cultured Vegetables) 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 17, 2017
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Can You Reuse the Brine From Cultured Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2017
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FAQ’s Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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What’s This On My Cultured Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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Making Cultured Vegetables Using Kefir Whey

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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Making Cultured Vegetables Without a Culture

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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Making Cultured Vegetables Using a Starter Culture

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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How to make Cultured Vegetables 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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Camp Trilogy — Cultured Vegetables 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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What Are Cultured Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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Cultured Vegetables: Advanced 🥒🥕🍠

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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Cultured Vegetables: Basics 🥒🥕🍠

By Donna Schwenk / January 7, 2017
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Can You Reuse the Brine From Cultured Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / March 27, 2016

If you add a starter culture to your cultured vegetables, like Cutting Edge Cultures or another starter culture, then you’re going to have extra bacteria in your culture that are stronger than just using salt and no culture. […]

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Video – How To Make Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / June 6, 2015

I am very excited about the new veggie starter culture, Cutting Edge Cultures. I decided to make a video about it and share a fun recipe. Making cultured vegetables is easy and fun. People can be intimidated by making cultured veggies and are afraid they will do it wrong and get sick. This is the wonderful thing about cultured vegetables – they preserve the foods and make them safe with billions of good bacteria that dominate and keep the pathogens out. […]

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Cultured Vegetables Using Kefir Whey

By Donna Schwenk / May 4, 2015
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Cultured Vegetables Using a Starter Culture

By Donna Schwenk / May 4, 2015
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Cultured Vegetables

By Chris Johnston / May 4, 2015
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Cultured Vegetables Made Stronger – Cutting Edge Culture

By Donna Schwenk / May 3, 2015

I am very excited to introduce you to Cutting Edge Cultures – Vegetable Starter. Several collaborators knowledgeable on fermentation and probiotics joined together to make the strongest vegetable starter on the market today. […]

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Cultured Vegetables Without a Culture

By Donna Schwenk / September 11, 2014
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Shelley’s Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / September 11, 2014
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Zucchini Sweet Potato Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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What are Cultured Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / January 24, 2010

Forget everything you think you know about vegetables and let me tell you what happens when you culture them. Grow your own probiotics in a jar of vegetables, and you’ll be shocked and amazed at all they can do. […]

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How to Make Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / January 13, 2010

1 You first must choose the vessel you will want to use to ferment the vegetables. You can use a canning jar with a lid, a crock with a lid, a clamp-down jar that has a gasket, or my favorite is a jar with an airlock lid. Airlock jars create a low-oxygen or anaerobic, environment in which…

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Cultured Chickpea (mock tuna) Sandwich

By Donna Schwenk / July 15, 2021
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Cooling Down With Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / July 3, 2021

I live in a desert climate – hot during the day and cool at night. When it gets hot, it’s really hot. Today it’s 100°F and I’m looking for foods that cool me down. […]

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10 Ways and Reasons to Use Your Cultured Veggie Brine!

By Donna Schwenk / June 26, 2021

Cultured vegetables are super powerful, but so is the brine they are made in. The powerful bacteria in cultured vegetables called Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) is a powerful weapon against pathogens that can invade your body and try to make you their host. […]

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The Probiotic Superstar in Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / June 19, 2021

I have been getting a lot of letters asking if you can ferment vegetables with water kefir or kombucha. You can ferment vegetables with these two different cultures, but the vegetables tend to get mushy and don’t last very long. […]

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Episode 149: My Favorite Cultured Vegetable Recipe

By Donna Schwenk / March 23, 2021

I want to share with you my favorite cultured vegetable recipe and how it came to be. […]

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My Favorite Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 13, 2021

Almost two decades ago I had a revelation. No longer could I rely on any individual to solve all my health problems even if it was a medical professional. […]

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Episode 142: What are Cultured Foods?

By Donna Schwenk / February 2, 2021

Fermentation or “culturing” is a special process of food preservation that has been around since the beginning of time. […]

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Do Cultured Veggies Need a Starter?

By Donna Schwenk / January 30, 2021

You do not need a starter culture to make cultured veggies. However, by using a starter you will receive more probiotics and a lot of other benefits. Let me explain your options and you can better choose which is the best method for you. […]

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Homemade Cultured Christmas Gifts

By Donna Schwenk / December 12, 2020

It’s the holidays and we’re all needing all the help we can get. One of the wonderful things about cultured probiotic foods is how fun it is to make them a part of your everyday life […]

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Can Cultured Foods Hurt Me?

By Donna Schwenk / October 31, 2020

I get a lot of people writing me letters indicating that they are afraid they are going to get sick from eating cultured foods. They don’t understand cultured foods and how they work; preconceived ideas and the media have created fear, a lot of fear. […]

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Your Gut Needs Some Cultured Veggie Juice

By Donna Schwenk / October 3, 2020

One morning I woke up hearing voices in the hall. It was my husband and daughter Holli, and I could hear Holli crying. She was throwing up and having diarrhea and was very upset about it. In our family, we are so accustomed to wellness that when someone gets sick, it feels like the world is coming to an end. Holli was pale and holding her stomach and saying it was cramping and begging me to fix it. […]

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Episode 130: Do Fermented Vegetables Help with COVID-19?

By Donna Schwenk / August 4, 2020

Exciting research has found that consuming probiotic fermented cabbage makes it much more difficult for the COVID-19 virus to enter the body due to special properties. Check out this week’s podcast to hear more. […]

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Can Fermented Vegetables Help with COVID-19?

By Donna Schwenk / July 25, 2020

In my own personal experience and those whom I help through my website, we have all seen tremendous help and healing from eating fermented foods and especially when dealing with any kind of virus. […]

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My Favorite Cultured Vegetable Recipe

By Donna Schwenk / June 13, 2020

A few years back, a woman named Shelley came to my cultured food class. I couldn’t stop staring at her while I spoke, and I told my daughter that I thought I saw a light over her and was trying to figure out where it was coming from. […]

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Red Cultured Onions

By Donna Schwenk / June 6, 2020
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Episode 121: Ten Ways and Reasons to Use Your Cultured Veggie Brine

By Donna Schwenk / April 21, 2020

Cultured vegetables are super powerful, but so is the brine they are made in. […]

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The Most Powerful Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / March 14, 2020

I had no idea just exactly what I was making when I created this recipe several years ago. I just thought the combination tasted good and seemed to give me spectacular results during cold and flu season, so I kept making them and giving them to my family. […]

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Anti-Viral Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 7, 2020

There is a lot of fear flying around about the flu and especially the coronavirus. If I can help you understand what happens in your body and how it works when you get the flu, or what it can do to protect yourself, then perhaps it will […]

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The Real Reasons Your Immune System Needs Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 18, 2020

Viruses, yuck . . . my family used to get them a lot. Colds, flus, you name it, we got it. But so did everybody else I knew. It’s normal, right? Well, it’s actually not. Every year at Christmas we would go to my mom’s in Virginia and somebody would inevitably get sick, and then it would spread down through the family. […]

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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 21, 2019

A “healing crisis” is something that happens when the body starts a detoxification process which is really a program of natural healing. This is a common occurrence among some individuals who start consuming cultured foods. When you start consuming cultured foods, your body is flooded with good bacteria. […]

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The Many Ways Cultured Foods Detoxify Your Body

By Donna Schwenk / August 10, 2019

I love my microbes and all they do for me. Not a week goes by that I don’t discover something new that my 100 trillion microbes are doing just for me. […]

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Low-Carb Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / June 29, 2019

Low carb and keto diets are very popular right now. I think we’re all different and what works for one doesn’t always work for another which is why I love cultured foods. They fit into any diet be it keto, vegan, low carb, vegetarian, paleo, or raw food diet. These foods can be mostly condiments; or some of these foods, such as a kefir smoothie, can be a whole meal. You can always find a way to add cultured foods to your diet and sometimes you only need a spoonful to flood your body with billions of probiotics that change your microbiome in a powerful way.

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Get Cultured at The Green Dragon 🐉

By Donna Schwenk / June 1, 2019

Spend a day and immerse yourself into the world of making and eating cultured foods. Donna combines an inspiring day of information with lessons on how to make our trio, The Trilogy: kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables, and extra info on sourdough bread, and water kefir. You’ll receive a delicious lunch and you’ll be taking home your own jar of cultured vegetables that will give you a starter for many more vegetables to come. . .

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Fermented Vegetables Are Safer Than Raw Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / May 4, 2019

Cultured foods have become an exciting frontier in health and wellness. We take so much for granted and just as this earth spins on its axis and hurls us through space, so does our body contain billions upon trillions of microbes that compose our bodies and were put there to help us live a fulfilling and healthy life. […]

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Are Fermented Vegetables Safer Than Raw Vegetables?

By Donna Schwenk / May 4, 2019

Cultured foods have become an exciting frontier in health and wellness. We take so much for granted, and just as this earth spins on its axis and hurls us through space so does our body contain billions upon trillions of microbes that compose our bodies and were designed to help us live a fulfilling and healthy life. […]

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UTIs, Yeast Infections, and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 16, 2019

We know that more than half of all women will experience the burning urgency of a urinary tract infection in their lifetime. Although men also suffer from these infections, the occurrence is much less frequent due to anatomical differences. If you experience discomfort when you urinate, you may have an infection. There are two types of infections that commonly affect these areas. . .

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Episode 70: Autism and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / February 19, 2019

Research is now finding that children with autism have altered gut flora that needs restoring. Listen to the research and miraculous stories of how cultured food are helping those with autism. These are some of my favorite stories of healings. . .

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Overeating During the Holidays? Cultured Foods Can Help

By Donna Schwenk / December 15, 2018

One of the most important things I’ve learned about health and wellness is that overeating can be just as stressful on your hardworking liver as drinking too much, but most people don’t know this. Overeating or having too much fatty food on your plate can make it difficult for the liver to function smoothly. . .

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History of Kefir, Kombucha, and Fermented Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / December 1, 2018

We all have trials and struggles throughout our lives and often these struggles have brought me to my knees. But without fail, each and every one of them has been a blessing in disguise. The pain turned to wisdom and I found myself so grateful for the struggle that brought me so much pain. . .

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Episode 54: The History of Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / October 9, 2018

Walking in the footsteps of those who lived hundreds of years before us, hear the legends and myths of cultured foods. These foods changed my life and health, they were profound stories of wisdom that felt like a hand reaching from the great beyond to help me in the here and now. Listen and find out how this wisdom can change your life too. . .

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Flu Prevention Cultured Veggie Juice

By Donna Schwenk / April 5, 2018
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Cultured Veggies ~ Saving Lives

By Donna Schwenk / April 5, 2018
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Candida and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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The Many Ways Cultured Foods Detoxify Your Body

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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How I Fought Viruses With Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Autism and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Cultured Foods for the Cholesterol Conscious

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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I Stopped Eating Cultured Foods ~ Here’s What Happened!

By Donna Schwenk / February 10, 2018

I’ve been eating cultured foods for almost sixteen years. I eat them most every day with very few exceptions. When I first started eating cultured foods, I had diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pain, and felt discouraged and depressed […]

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Cultured Foods for the Cholesterol Conscious

By Donna Schwenk / December 16, 2017

One of my good friends told me her cholesterol had gone up since drinking kefir, and then she said, “That’s my good cholesterol! It went through the roof and my doctor is very pleased.” I got a few emails this week from people expressing to me that since they’ve been consuming kefir […]

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Autism and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / November 25, 2017

Her name was Mary and she changed my life the day I met her. It was the very beginning of my journey with cultured foods, and I was in hiding with my newfound knowledge. People didn’t understand what I was doing, and the thought of letting food ferment on your counter […]

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Mr. Picky and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 30, 2017

Do you have picky eaters at your house? Do your friends and family scoff at eating cultured foods? Well, let me tell you about Mister Picky Eater, my husband. When I married him (30 years ago) he ate nothing green. […]

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I Want to Get Cultured —Where Do I Start?

By Donna Schwenk / September 16, 2017

Do you want to change your life and feel better? Here’s the truth. I have tons of resources to help you. You can find everything you need on my site to get started, and that information is free. I have other resources that I sell to expand and help you grow […]

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Cultured Veggies ~ Saving Lives

By Donna Schwenk / September 9, 2017

Forget everything you think you know about vegetables and let me tell you what happens when you culture them. Grow your own probiotics in a jar of vegetables, and you’ll be shocked and amazed at all they can do. […]

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My New Book “Cultured Food in a Jar”!

By Donna Schwenk / August 22, 2017

Cookbooks — I have a lot of them, 229 to be exact, and as you can see from the picture of the bookcase in my living room, I have quite a collection. My daughter Maci said to me, “I have a lot of cookbooks too, but you know which one I use the most?” […]

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Never Give Up ~ Do Great Things ~ Eat Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / July 29, 2017

I was 41 when I first found cultured foods. I felt old, discouraged, and sick. I remember resting on the couch and watching documentaries about people who had changed their lives and done extraordinary things. […]

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Spicy Cultured Beets and Honey

By Donna Schwenk / May 13, 2017
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7 Reasons I Eat Cultured Veggies Every Day

By Donna Schwenk / April 28, 2017
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What Are Cultured Foods? Restorative Foods for the Body

By Donna Schwenk / April 8, 2017

Cultured Foods and LACTO-Fermented Foods are the same thing. The “lacto” in “lacto-fermentation” comes from the bacteria “lactobacillus.” Many strains of lacto-bacteria and yeasts are involved in culturing or fermenting foods. […]

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How long can I store my cultured veggies?

By Chris Johnston / February 10, 2017

A How long can I store my cultured veggies? In the refrigerator, cultured veggies will keep for up to nine months, and sometimes longer. They continue to ferment but at a much slower rate. I find that many of my vegetables taste better after six weeks in the fridge. It’s fun to taste your vegetables…

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10 Ways and Reasons to Use Your Cultured Veggie Brine!

By Donna Schwenk / February 8, 2017
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A Cultured Food Dinner 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 19, 2017
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A Cultured Food Dinner 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 19, 2017
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My Cultured Veggies Float to The Top 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 19, 2017
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Cultured Veggie Class at Green Acres 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 19, 2017
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A Cultured Food Dinner 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 19, 2017
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Cultured Peach Pico Bean Dip 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 17, 2017
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Cultured Peach Pico Salsa 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 17, 2017
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How to Take Cultured Foods Anywhere (Kombucha) 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 17, 2017
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How to Take Cultured Foods Anywhere (Kefir) 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 12, 2017
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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2017
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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2017
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Do Cultured Veggies Need a Starter?

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2017
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Make Cultured Veggies – But in What Kind of Jar?

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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The Super Star in Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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The Healing Crisis and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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Cultured Classes in Your Kitchen

By Donna Schwenk / November 19, 2016

I was taking my daughter to acting class this week, and I got a text from one of my team members. He told me to get a box of kleenex and to read the email. I stopped the car to read the email, and with tears streaming down my cheeks I was reminded once again how thankful I am for all the struggles that have brought me here. […]

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FREE Video Series – The Healing Power of Cultured Foods

By Chris Johnston / November 4, 2016

I spend most of my time these days, trying to think of ways to help you.  How can I help you understand your body and the 100 trillion microbes that make you their home? Maybe you were like me, not realizing how much your life can change when you feel good?  So last January I started working…

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Cultured Food For Health

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2016

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Cultured Food for Health

By Chris Johnston / August 29, 2015

You will my new book   Cultured Food for Health explores the science behind the benefits of cultured foods and shows how incorporating “The Trilogy”—kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables—into our diet creates more powerful healing effects than any one of these foods alone, as the different types of probiotic bacteria work together to create a…

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Cultured Carrot Coins and Celery Sticks

By Donna Schwenk / July 11, 2015
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Cultured Asparagus

By Donna Schwenk / March 25, 2015
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Cultured Carrots

By Donna Schwenk / March 25, 2015
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The Healing Power of Cultured Foods

By Chris Johnston / January 1, 2015

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Maci’s Cultured Carrots

By Donna Schwenk / September 11, 2014
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Flu Prevention: Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Cultured Broccoli Salad In a Jar

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Sweet Potato with Cultured Toppings

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Shelley’s Cultured Veggies – The Original Recipe

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Cultured Peach Pico Salsa

By Donna Schwenk / September 3, 2014
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Summer Cultured Squash

By Donna Schwenk / September 3, 2014
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Summer Cultured Squash

By Donna Schwenk / July 12, 2014

One of my favorite things about summertime is the farmer’s markets and fresh veggies. Turing fresh produce into perfectly preserved cultured veggies makes me so happy, but it wasn’t always that way. […]

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Make Cultured Veggies – But in What Kind of Jar?

By Donna Schwenk / June 1, 2014

I often make fermented vegetables using a canning jar with a lid, but there are many methods and vessels you can use to make cultured vegetables. Some say you should only use an airlock jar to culture vegetables. They claim that the canning jar method doesn’t seal well enough to remove the oxygen […]

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Cultured Food for Life

By Donna Schwenk / June 27, 2013

Get My First Book Cultured Food for Life What if I told you that not only are these foods easy to make and taste absolutely delicious, they will literally transform your life! How did I overcome disease, heal my family, and supercharge my life? With probiotics super foods and whole bunch of good bacteria. Recipe…

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Episode 166: Probiotic Tomatoes – Tomatoes Are Super Foods!

By Donna Schwenk / July 20, 2021

Fermented Tomatoes have billions if not trillions of probiotics. They are so good for you and one of the easiest cultured vegetables you can make. […]

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Episode 136: IBD – Crohn’s, Ulcers, and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / October 6, 2020

I’ve seen cultured vegetables, kombucha, and kefir help with so many gastrointestinal disorders, and I’ve even witnessed firsthand my son healing from an ulcer that was causing him severe pain every time he ate. […]

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IBD: Crohn’s, Ulcers, & Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / September 19, 2020

I’ve seen cultured vegetables, kombucha, and kefir help with so many gastrointestinal disorders, and I’ve even witnessed firsthand my son healing from an ulcer that was causing him severe pain every time he ate. […]

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Episode 2: Bird Flu, Babies, and Bacteria

By Donna Schwenk / September 11, 2017

Cultured vegetables are getting more and more recognition for all they can do. They’ve been busy saving thousands of lives and keeping whole countries free of deadly disease. Find out how these powerful vegetables can help you too! […]

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When Are My Kefir, Kombucha, and Veggies Done Culturing?

By Donna Schwenk / March 18, 2017

Do you wonder when your kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables are done fermenting? I have a few tips to help you understand how and when they’re at the perfect place with lots of probiotics and will taste the best. […]

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Can I Eat Probiotic Foods While Taking Antibiotics?

By Donna Schwenk / February 11, 2017

I routinely talk about each member of The Trilogy (Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Vegetables) and how each member has specific things your body needs to help you change your life. But here is even more good news about this trio. […]

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Kefir Made Easy

By Donna Schwenk / May 29, 2021

When your feet hit the ground in the morning are you pumped about the day? Do you feel appreciation and love for others? Do you have energy that will last all day? Did you know that you are supposed to feel this way? […]

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Your Immune System and Seasonal Allergies

By Donna Schwenk / April 24, 2021

I have had seasonal allergies since I was twelve or thirteen years old. For months in the springtime, I locked myself inside the house and turned to drugs and steroids that harmed my immune system. This seemed to be what everybody did and I did the same because I had nowhere else to look. . .

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The Most Probiotic Kefir Dip

By Donna Schwenk / April 17, 2021

This recipe has only two cultured ingredients (cultured veggies and kefir cheese) and has more probiotics than any other dip recipe and it’s crazy delicious. […]

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Fermented Foods Can Help With Constipation and Diarrhea

By Donna Schwenk / March 20, 2021

Featured Image PositionClick to adjust the image position. Visitors will not see this. Nobody really wants to talk about constipation and diarrhea, but it’s something everybody deals with at some time in their life. I’ve had so many people find help with these ailments that despite most people not wanting to talk about elimination, it’s…

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H. Pylori and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / January 9, 2021

Last October, someone asked a question on my forum.

“Hi! I am a new member, diagnosed with H. Pylori bacteria in July, currently on my second round of tough antibiotics. […]

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Gain Wisdom From Your Kraut

By Donna Schwenk / December 19, 2020

Many of you write to me and ask how you can encourage friends and family to eat these foods. Like you, I notice how sick our loved ones are and want to help them but they don’t always want to listen. […]

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You Are The One Thing In Life You Can Control

By Donna Schwenk / November 7, 2020

This is the week of the 2020 presidential election. Needless to say, whatever side you’re on, it’s been an intense week and a lot of people are struggling with strong emotions. I’m surprised to say that I’ve lived a long time (60 years) and now have some life experience that really serves me in times of uncertainty and fear. […]

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Three Foods That Can Change Your Life ~ The Trilogy and More

By Donna Schwenk / October 17, 2020

Fermentation is an art form and each individual cultured food is, in and of itself, unique. The three foods of The Trilogy each provide different good bacteria and yeasts that enhance the trillions of bacteria in the body and allow them to thrive, grow, and multiply. […]

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I Was Lost, Until I Did This. . .

By Donna Schwenk / September 26, 2020

“How do I apply all this cultured food stuff to my life? Where and how do I get started?” This is something that I hear quite often. People want to change their life and feel better but don’t know where to start. […]

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Episode 133: Grow Your Own Probiotics

By Donna Schwenk / September 15, 2020

Making your own probiotics is one the best ways to change your health. Buying probiotic supplements are expensive and are often trapped in the acids of the stomach, and the probiotics are killed before the body ever gets a chance to use them. […]

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Probiotic Foods for Different Ailments

By Donna Schwenk / September 12, 2020

Probiotics have become an exciting frontier in health and wellness. Most people only think about probiotic supplements in a bottle, but today we’re talking about foods that have probiotics in them. These probiotic foods have billions more probiotics than supplements. . .

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Preserving Gut Health As You Age

By Donna Schwenk / September 5, 2020

This last year I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to live the rest of my life. My husband’s father and stepmom died and so did my dog. It is times like these that help me to reevaluate things in my life and how I want to live and be remembered.[…]

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Grow Your Own Probiotics

By Donna Schwenk / August 29, 2020

A lot of suffering in this world comes from the fear of discomfort. In my own personal life, pain has come to teach me things and get me to change. […]

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Six Reasons (and Recipes) to Eat Fermented Pickles

By Donna Schwenk / August 15, 2020

My 23-year-old son, DJ, called me from his home. He was very sick with a stomach flu and was in a considerable amount of pain with stomach cramps throughout the night. With a half cup of pickle juice in hand, I went over to his home. I went into his room which was dark with no lights. […]

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Your Body Was Designed to Heal You

By Donna Schwenk / July 18, 2020

How did I get here? I was a new mother at 41 years old, falling apart, and paralyzed with fear. I was sick with diabetes and suffered from high blood pressure. I also had a brand new premature baby girl in my lap. I knew that I was in trouble and I desperately needed help. I begged for help. […]

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The Must-Have Food Medicine – in Your Fridge

By Donna Schwenk / July 4, 2020

One day my daughter Holli came running into the room and burst into tears. She cried and said, “Help me! My stomach hurts so bad.” And then she ran to the bathroom and started throwing up. She had spent the night with a friend who had just had the same thing, so I’m pretty sure she picked it up from her. […]

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Will Eating Probiotic Foods Make Any Difference?

By Donna Schwenk / June 27, 2020

Most of you don’t know what processes are actually happening inside of you every day. There are microorganisms everywhere and you can’t see them, but they are inhabiting you and everything else. […]

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Why You Should Know About Short-Chain Fatty Acids and Fermented Foods

By Donna Schwenk / June 20, 2020

I’m constantly learning new things about the benefits of bacteria. It’s been almost two decades of eating fermented foods and the new discoveries have never stopped. […]

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Does Your Body Need a Miracle?

By Donna Schwenk / May 9, 2020

Do you believe that healing requires a miracle, or do you believe that our trillions of cells govern themselves and create the bodies that we have? So how does the eye know how to focus or the muscle know how much energy it will need during your walk today? […]

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JLH

By Chris Johnston / May 6, 2020

Hi Donna, two years ago I almost lost my life to heavy metal toxicity. I had served in the US military for 9 years and over the course of these years my body had reached it’s maximum toxic capacity. Between several deployments, the 27+ vaccinations required by my job, 7 amalgam fillings, many rounds of…

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Help Is On The Way

By Donna Schwenk / March 21, 2020

It’s March 18th, 2020, and the novel coronavirus has everybody staying home and worried about the future. This day also happens to be my 60th birthday so I’m making my own healthy birthday cake and baking a loaf of sourdough bread. […]

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Fermented Foods and IBS

By Donna Schwenk / February 15, 2020

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is usually identified by a group of symptoms: abdominal pain, bloating, and a change in bowels that can alternate between diarrhea and constipation. […]

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Whey – The Liquid Gold in Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 25, 2020

Don’t throw out your kefir if it separates into whey and curds. Your whey, although less appealing to many individuals, is a superfood which contains a lot of healing properties. There is something known as “The Whey Cure” which was used throughout history. In fact, Hippocrates and Galen, two founding fathers of medicine, frequently recommended whey to their patients to heal them. This whey was often referred to as “liquid gold.” […]

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Learn about The Trilogy at the Sourdough Bread Festival

By Chris Johnston / January 22, 2020

I’ll be speaking about The Trilogy (Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Vegetables) in Cherry Valley, CA at the Sourdough Bread Festival on both February 22nd and 23rd at 2 PM. These three foods provide different good bacteria and yeasts that enhance the trillions of bacteria in the body and allow them to thrive, grow, and multiply.…

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Why You Need Christmas Pickles

By Donna Schwenk / December 21, 2019

The Christmas pickle is not really a pickle at all. It is a pickle-shaped ornament that is the last one hung on the tree on Christmas Eve. The story goes something like this. […]

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