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I Want to Get Cultured —Where Do I Start?

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, but everything you need to get started and get well is right here at your fingertips – and it’s free. Let me show you where you can find it, and let’s get you well – deal?

Passion Kombucha

It’s not hard, it’s just new

I’m trying with all my heart to help you and honestly, I’ll keep trying to think of more ways to make this easy and accessible. I’m afraid you think it’s too hard. I promise you it’s not, it’s just new to you and I’m here if you need help. I worked out all the kinks and got rid of all the crazy intense stuff other people tell you that you must do, cause quite frankly, I’ve been doing this fifteen years and I’m really good at it. Quit listening to people who make this hard, because it’s not. They’re just trying to scare you and create blogs that drive traffic to their site. I’m never going to tell you to do something I don’t do. I want my site to be the place where you can learn easily. I no longer put ads on my site because they clog up my message and make it hard for you. There’s got to be a better way than having ads everywhere. So this is what I believe. If I bring value to your life, then it always finds a way to come back to me. What you put out is what you get back. We all win!

Kefir and Kombucha

Resistance is futile

Hang out with me, read my blogs and Facebook posts, and I’ll convince you sooner or later – it’s just inevitable. I believe in the power of these foods to heal you and make you well because I’ve lived it. I hope I haunt your dreams, and I hope cultured foods start popping up everywhere in your line of sight, and then maybe you will say . . . “Okay, resistance is futile, I’m ready.” And then hang on to your hat cause your life is gonna change. Wellness is so crazy addictive, you’ll be hooked on the best drug ever.


If you want to make kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies but you don’t know where to start, I have lots of options 

Here’s a video we made to show you some of the stuff we offer!

The Free Stuff!

Getting Started Guide eBook

Subscribe to my mailing list to get my free Getting Started Guide eBook.

It contains step by step instructions on how to make kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables.

Subscribe to get my free ebook

Videos, pictures, and step-by-step guides

Are you a visual learner? I have free videos you can watch and I have step-by-step pictures as well.

How to Make Kefir

How to Make Kombucha

How to Make Veggies


Do you need cultures? I sell them in my store, and I also have some resources where you can find shared cultures.

My Store (USA Only):

Donna's Cultures

Live outside the USA? Here are other places to get Cultures:

Other Cultures

Water Kefir Crystals Kit


Do you need recipes? I have hundreds of cultured food recipes on my website and you can find many more on my Biotic Pro membership site.

Carrot Recipe Grid

Health Articles

Do you want to read more about health topics and cultured foods? I have so many posts - close to 300!

When did I write all of these?!

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Places to connect

I have a Facebook page where I post every day to share with you things I've learned. You can also find me on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.


That's not all! I also have my own Podcast!

Now you can tune in and listen to my weekly Cultured Food Life Podcast. It's free for everyone to listen and subscribe

Cultured Food Life Podcast

Do you want to learn even more?

Here are some things I sell that support me and my team. It’s what allows us to give you everything I mentioned above for free. I offer lots of extras to help you, which in turn allows me and others to work on this website full time. It’s our job and I can’t think of a better way to make a living.

Biotic Pro Membership

My Books


Do you like to read and learn? I have three books with everything you need plus lots of gifts to help you.

Cultured Food in a Jar Best Seller

Cultured Food in a Jar — my new book!

This is my favorite book to date! It has over 100 recipes - all made in a jar. It has what you need to get started making cultured foods and lots of recipes to help you live a cultured life. Check out the free gifts when your order early.

Click to Learn More about Cultured Food In a Jar 

Cultured Food for Health Best Seller

Cultured Food for Health

This book has over 100 new recipes and a 21-day guide that you can download and includes a shopping list to get you started. It also shares the stories of many people who have conquered health ailments utilizing cultured foods, as well as the science behind the integration of cultured foods with these ailments.

Click to Learn More about Cultured Food for Health

Cultured Food for Life Best Seller

Cultured Food for Life

My first book has over 130 recipes plus all the resources and instructions to make kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies. I tell you my story and talk about others who were healed utilizing the benefits of cultured foods.

Click to Learn More about Cultured Food for Life

Live Classes

I love teaching live classes! They are super fun and they're one of the most effective ways to learn. Check out my events page for upcoming classes

Click here to learn more

It’s all here for you

Hang out with me

It's all here for you and always has been. Maybe you just didn't realize it. Okay, that's all I can think of at the moment and now I'm kind of tired after looking at all of this. When in heaven's name did I do all this? It didn't feel so much like work, it just felt like something I couldn't stop myself from doing. There's always more to come. I can't stop until everybody knows what cultured foods can do.  Somebody had to love bacteria, and I'm so thankful they chose to love me back. Now they're choosing you, all 100 trillion of these microbes that inhabit the body known as you. Can you hear them calling you? Feed them, nurture them, and watch them change your life.

Welcome to the world of bacteria . . . we've been waiting for you.

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Ferments — They Know How to Do This

"You’ll never forget a cultured food that you have made. Even after you eat it, it stays with you – always.”


Cultured Veggies

Every day I receive many emails from people who are new to fermenting and want to do a good job. They are afraid they are going to do it wrong, mess it up, or make themselves sick. I know from their letters how hard they are trying. Fermenting foods feels so different from anything they know. Often it feels difficult, but it is not – it’s just new. Fermenting is so safe and easy since there is no canning involved. It’s great for the summertime and is the best and coolest way to preserve the summer produce. Let me help you feel more confident about culturing your foods. Actually, you aren’t doing anything, it’s the microbes that do the work, you just provide the environment. Work with these microbes that dominate our planet. Just as we care about the environment and try to keep our world clean, we must care about the microbes too. They are the most dominant organism on this planet, and they’re keeping you well each and every day – but they need your help. Invite them into your home and kitchen and let them live in a jar of your choosing. Then, just watch what happens. And may I just say one more thing? Love the food you create. We have a contract with food during our lives and the more you love it and believe in the benefits, the more the cells of your body receive it and create benefits for you.

Let me put your mind at ease about a few things with the answers to some common questions.

What If I Don't Ferment Foods Correctly?

Will I Make My Family (Or Myself) Sick?

When you ferment foods, the vegetables are submerged under water and acidifying bacteria such as Lactobacillus dominate and control the environment to keep out the pathogens.  Also, there is no threat of botulism in fermented foods because of the way they are prepared. Botulism occurs in canned goods because the heat used in canning kills all of the good bacteria. When fermenting food, the healthy bacteria thrive making it impossible for the bacteria that cause botulism to survive.

Here is an article I wrote if you'd like to learn more:

Can Cultured Foods Hurt Me?

How Long Do Kefir And Kombucha Last In The Fridge?

The process of fermentation preserves the food in such a way that it lasts a very long time in your fridge. I have had all of them (kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables) in my fridge for a year, and they were pretty sour, but still good. Remember, fermenting preserves these foods and keeps them safe; and when you consume them, they preserve you.  However, if it looks or smells off, by all means, throw it out.  If it has green or fuzzy looking mold or smells really awful, you will know that it is time to throw it out.

My Kefir Looks Different From The Last Batch – Should I Throw It Out?

No, don't throw it out.  I hear this question about kefir often. Many think that since their kefir has separated or curdled, it has gone bad. It is just a little over-fermented, but it is still good for you.

Check out the time-lapse video in this article to see what we mean.

The Thick and Thin of Kefir

My Ferment Didn't Bubble — Is Everything Okay?

A comment I hear often about cultured vegetables is that they are not as bubbly as they were before. This doesn't mean they are bad. If the vegetables rise in the jar and then taste sour, you will know they are fine. Bubbles usually occur, but not always, depending on temperature and the culture you used. If the vegetables rise in the jar and push the lid up this is fine too. It's the opposite with canned foods. A raised lid was something to always be alarmed with in canned foods, but in fermentation, it is a good sign and means the good bacteria is fermenting and bubbly and doing its job. Canned foods contain no good bacteria (it is all dead) so a raised lid means danger.

Fermenting foods is an art and it will be unique to you. You have different temperatures and bacteria in your kitchen that are special to you.  Fermenting may work slightly differently for everyone, but it still works and you will discover the magic of your own kitchen. In time, your foods will ferment better and better as you grow in your ability and confidence.  You have helpers in these unseen microbes that ferment the foods and make them safe for you. They are really doing the work. If you are a Biotic Pro member, there is a great forum for questions as well as courses and lessons with videos too.

If you are new to all of this, first try store-bought versions to see what you like. You can buy kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables in the refrigerator section of most health food stores. Try them and see how you like them and then you can learn to make your own. I also have a free Ebook that shows you step by step how to make kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables. Simply subscribe to my mailing list and I'll send it to you.

I also have many helpful articles to help you. Just click on the Start Here button below:


The journey of learning new things is the best part, so don’t miss it. This is much easier than you think and I'm here to help if you need it.

3 Easy Recipes To Try

Fermented Fiesta Dip

Cultured Peach Pico Salsa

Cultured Border Salsa

Too Much Sourdough Starter? I Can Help

The Sourdough Starter

It's Tuesday night and I usually make bread on Wednesdays. I take my sourdough starter out of the fridge to feed it. I check it. Does it still have bubbles? Is there hooch on top?  If I see a layer of dark liquid (called "hooch") and no bubbles, this means my starter is really hungry and needs to be fed. As I get ready to feed it, I often have too much starter and I need to keep the ratios the same - equal portions of starter, flour, and water (1-1-1). If you have too much starter compared to the additional flour and water you're adding, your hungry starter consumes all the nutrients and then it's not as bubbly. Treat your starter like you would any pet in your home. It needs food, a little warmth, some love and it will make you all manner of yummy creations. Do you want to know if it's ready to use? You can tell by the bubbles. It will have them all over. Then you know it's ready to use. Look for the bubbles, that's your sourdough starter smiling at you saying, "I'm ready for you."

 A sourdough starter has only two ingredients: flour and water. Combined with unseen organisms of bacteria and yeasts and its mysterious ability to transform food, you'll have a universe of possibilities.

Extra Sourdough Starter

Here are a few of the things you can do with extra sourdough starter. A great way to use up your leftovers is waffles or pancakes, or I have three other recipes that are not only easy to make but also really delicious. Super Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies and Peppermint Sourdough Brownies are perfect for the holidays or any time. You can also make Sourdough Dumplings with extra starter and it will turn any soup into a warm, comforting meal. Don't waste your sourdough starter, put it to good use!

"It isn't bread that feeds you; it is life and the spirit that feed you through bread."Angelus Silesius

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Check out the recipes!

Chocolate Kefir Sourdough Waffles
Kefir Sourdough Waffles
Peppermint Sourdough Brownies
Sourdough Dumplings
Sourdough Snickerdoodle Cookies

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