Best of 2023

Best of Cultured Food Life 2023: Our Top Articles!

By Donna Schwenk / December 30, 2023

Happy New Year! Wow, I can’t believe 2023 is coming to an end, and what a year it has been! As I sit down to reflect on the past twelve…

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The Thick and Thin of Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / November 21, 2023

I have had my kefir grains for over years and have made kefir every day since. Let me tell you – these kefir grains have a mind of their own. When…

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A Cold You Can Beat After A Holiday Treat

By Donna Schwenk / November 11, 2023

For many years, and way before I found cultured foods, we would travel to my mom’s house in Virginia for Christmas. It was a twenty-hour car ride from my home…

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A Love Affair With Coconut Kefir Soda

By Donna Schwenk / September 23, 2023

Coconut Water  Coconut water makes fabulous kefir soda. I love how it tastes, and how easy it is to make.  It has 10 times the probiotics and 5 times the…

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How Natto May Help Your Heart and Improve Blood Pressure

By Donna Schwenk / September 9, 2023

Bacillus Subtilis Natto is a superfood and one that I have been wanting to make for decades. It was hard to find the culture, and I wasn’t sure that I…

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Probiotics and the Autoimmune Epidemic

By Donna Schwenk / September 2, 2023

I’m going to introduce you to your microbiome. These trillions of microbial organisms, which normally inhabit a healthy small and large intestine, are your friends. They’ve been co-creating with humans…

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Einkorn — Before Gluten Was a Problem

By Donna Schwenk / August 26, 2023

Einkorn  Einkorn wheat is amazing. It is the most ancient wheat (over 12,0000 years) and arguably the best wheat for many reasons. Einkorn wheat is hardy, drought tolerant, and naturally…

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What Happened After a Year of Eating L. Reuteri Yogurt

By Donna Schwenk / August 19, 2023

The Journey – Finding answers I have been eating L. reuteri (Lactobacillus reuteri) yogurt for over a year now, and wow I’ve noticed some big changes in myself and family…

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Benefits of Each Cultured Food

By Donna Schwenk / June 10, 2023

 The many things cultures Can Do Nothing has influenced and changed my body and life more than cultured foods. I’ve done many studies on myself and my family and, hands…

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Dairy-Free Yogurts: L. Reuteri and More

By Donna Schwenk / April 29, 2023

Making a dairy-free yogurt, be it L. reuteri or Yogurt Plus, can be a little different from regular yogurts. Since these types of milk are made with mostly water it…

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Building Up The All-Important Bifido Bacteria

By Donna Schwenk / April 15, 2023

Missing Microbes One of the most important bacteria you have is called Bifidobacteria. It is the one your mother gave you at birth. Bifidobacteria become the predominant (95%) microorganism in…

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Cultured Kefir Butter

By Donna Schwenk / April 1, 2023

 Reasons To Have More Vitamin K2 A few weeks ago I went to 123 Farm to speak, and honestly, one of the big reasons I go is to get their…

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How to Make Yogurt with Lactobacillus Gasseri

By Donna Schwenk / October 29, 2022

The Microbe L. Gasseri Lactobacillus gasseri (L. gasseri) is a very important microbe that lives in the genital, urinary, and digestive systems of the body. It also has the special…

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