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Foolproof Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / November 15, 2015

I love kefir grains, but I didn’t start my journey making kefir using kefir grains. I started with the powder kefir and was very glad I did. I was pretty much a wreck at that time in my life and I needed something easy and foolproof or it wasn’t going to happen. […]

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Mercury Needs Wisdom

By Donna Schwenk / November 8, 2015

I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I felt off, kind of loopy in the head and couldn’t think straight, and not myself. I was tired and wanting to rest a lot and didn’t want to exercise. This was not like me, and it scared me. Then I got a cold. […]

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Elderberry Water Kefir

By Maci / October 19, 2015
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Prebio Plus

By Donna Schwenk / October 10, 2015

Prebio Plus is food for your bacteria. I love, love this product and so does my kefir and cultured veggies. Prebio Plus has three different strains of prebiotics, making it three times as effective as other prebiotics on the market today. Organic Inulin Organic Acacia Fructooligosaccharides If you’re trying to get healthy, then probiotic foods…

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Root Beer Water Kefir

By Maci / October 8, 2015
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Cucumber Melon Water Kefir

By Maci / October 1, 2015
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Camp Trilogy Class

New York Class – The Trilogy! 11-7-15

By Donna Schwenk / September 19, 2015

Meet the new Super foods that can heal you when nothing else works. I am excited to be going back to New York to teach – The Trilogy, three foods that changed my life and can change yours too. This will be the most extensive class I have ever taught. This is a crucial time…

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My Grandparents Knew

By Donna Schwenk / August 30, 2015

They knew the grandkids were eating badly. They fussed at our parents but nobody listened, because the foods we were eating were so addictive. We reasoned that they were the older generation and they were just being cranky. They didn’t like it when we ate sugar-laden cereals for breakfast or soda pop with lunch and dinner. […]

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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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Red, White, and Blue Smoothies

By Donna Schwenk / July 4, 2015

Many years ago, I was desperate to feel better. I had no one to help me get started with cultured foods. In fact, everybody I talked with told me I was crazy and not to consume them. But I had an overwhelming desire to figure it out. Little did I know they were calling me to wellness. […]

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Biotic Pro Recipes

By Chris Johnston / June 27, 2015

Menu Member’s Area Videos Sorted Alphabetically Ask for directions: Can I have kefir if I am lactose intolerant? Ask for directions: Can you eat too much cultured food? Ask for directions: How do I make sprouted flour? Ask for Directions: Should I use a cloth or a lid when making kefir? Ask for directions: Should…

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Double Probiotic Broccoli Salad

By Maci / June 11, 2015
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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

By Donna Schwenk / May 31, 2015

Why on earth am I writing about bacteria? A few years ago I was nearly non-functional. I felt terrible. I had zero energy. All food made me sick – especially healthy food. I didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything and was seriously thinking I would end up going on disability at work. […]

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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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How Many Cultured Foods Do I Eat In a Day?

By Donna Schwenk / April 26, 2015

People have the mistaken idea that I only eat cultured foods all day long. Although there are a lot of days that I do eat only cultured foods, this is not the norm. I mostly eat them because they’re easy for me to prepare and are what I call healthy fast food. […]

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Your Microbes Want This Coffee

By Donna Schwenk / April 18, 2015

When we were healing my daughter’s Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) many years ago, I didn’t realize that, along with cultured foods, we were including a powerful addition that made a huge difference in her recovery. I actually discovered many years after she healed, and it has opened an entirely new world for me. […]

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Camp Trilogy

By Chris Johnston / March 27, 2015

Have you heard about The Trilogy? Kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies are three cultured probiotic foods that can change you life and your body. These are three of the most powerful superfoods you can eat and Donna wants to teach you how to make them a part of your life.

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Camp Trilogy

By Donna Schwenk / March 26, 2015

Have you heard about The Trilogy? Kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies are three cultured probiotic foods that can change you life and your body. These are three of the most powerful superfoods you can eat and Donna wants to teach you how to make them a part of your life.

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Holli’s Morning Greens

By Donna Schwenk / March 5, 2015
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My New Love – Probiotic Soup!

By Donna Schwenk / January 18, 2015

It’s January and it’s cold here in the Midwest. All I want is hot tea and soup. It’s hard for me to want a cold smoothie when I am craving warmth and comfort, but high heat kills the probiotics in my cultured foods. […]

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The Healing Power of Cultured Foods

By Chris Johnston / January 1, 2015

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The Probiotic Powerhouse

By Chris Johnston / January 1, 2015

I have made it my mission to help you find who you’re meant to be: happy, healthy, and well.  This is why I created my online course The Probiotic Powerhouse: Heal Your Body With Kefir, Kombucha & Cultured Vegetables. This online course is full of easy step-by-step instructions, demonstrations, visuals, and recipes for probiotic foods.…

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Amanda Zbitniff

By Chris Johnston / December 1, 2014

I wanted to say how grateful I am to you and your quest for the whole world to experience the power of cultured foods! I began reading your blog and became a member back in February as I felt I have been running in circles trying different methods to help myself just feel better and…

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Cashew Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / November 15, 2014

This is a cashew apple tree. Cashew nuts are actually the kidney-shaped seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple grown mostly in Brazil. Interesting, isn’t it? Cashews are all the rage these days and used in all kinds of health food dishes – and for good reason. They’re delicious and good for you. […]

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Panzanella Probiotic Salad

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Fermented French Dressing

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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Apple Kefir Dressing

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Probiotic Potato Salad

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Kefir Waldorf Salad

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Sweet Pickle Relish

By Donna Schwenk / September 7, 2014

Every year I plant my garden, anxious for my fruits and veggies. But each year I don’t plant cucumbers because each year they come back anyway. They will sprout in different places in my garden, always in a place where they can have lots of room. […]

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The Fairest Salad in the Land

By Donna Schwenk / September 3, 2014
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Getting Started Guide

By Donna Schwenk / July 19, 2014

Click on a pot to download the guide!

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How to Travel With Kefir and Be a Pioneer

By Donna Schwenk / May 7, 2014

This last month my husband and I had our 30th wedding anniversary. Ron and I and our three kids are a tribe and we’ve always done everything together. This was the first vacation we have had alone since our honeymoon which we spent on a houseboat in Lake Powell, Utah. […]

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Gallon Jar

By Chris Johnston / April 7, 2014

One gallon see-through glass food storage is perfect for fermenting kombucha, kefir, and also for fermenting vegetables. Comes with a plastic continuous thread lid, ideal for multiple purposes and company logo. This gallon storage jar features a 3¾ inch opening for accessibility. It is great for reaching deep inside for cleaning and pushing down vegetables.…

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Scary Delicious Seaweed Dip

By Donna Schwenk / March 8, 2014

As a kid, I spent many summer vacations in Nova Scotia on a small island (Cape Sable) where my grandparents lived. Their home was right on the water and it was over 100 years old (see pictures). My great grandpa, Captain Horatio Brannen, was a sea captain and built the home there. […]

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The Fairest Salad in the Land

By Donna Schwenk / February 8, 2014

I have been making this salad a lot lately. A while back I had my nephew, his girlfriend, and my older kids spend a few days with me due to a snow storm. I watched these five young people devour this salad and ask for more and tell me how good it was. […]

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Member FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / January 13, 2014

Menu Member’s Area Videos Sorted Alphabetically Ask for directions: Can I have kefir if I am lactose intolerant? Ask for directions: Can you eat too much cultured food? Ask for directions: How do I make sprouted flour? Ask for Directions: Should I use a cloth or a lid when making kefir? Ask for directions: Should…

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Biotic Pro Member’s Area

By Donna Schwenk / January 12, 2014

Menu Member’s Area Videos Sorted Alphabetically Ask for directions: Can I have kefir if I am lactose intolerant? Ask for directions: Can you eat too much cultured food? Ask for directions: How do I make sprouted flour? Ask for Directions: Should I use a cloth or a lid when making kefir? Ask for directions: Should…

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Question & Answers

By Donna Schwenk / December 13, 2013

I posted a blog and asked for your questions on cultured foods. I am going to attempt to answer these questions in short videos and blog posts. Helping you have more success with cultured foods. If you have a question please post below and I will do my best to answer them each week. Remember…

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Can Rejuvelac Help with Alcoholism?

By Donna Schwenk / November 16, 2013

Have you heard of the fermented probiotic drink called Rejuvelac? The first time I heard of it I was just beginning with all things fermented and this drink intrigued me. […]

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Heating Strip & Thermometer

By Donna Schwenk / November 16, 2013

3″x20″ Wrap Around Kombucha Fermentation Heating Strip MULTIPLE USES – Perfect for Brewing and Heating your Kombucha, and Yogurt. Simply wrap around or place under your container.  Comes with two heavy duty rubber bands to easily attach it to your gallon jar. PERFECT CONDITIONS for Fermentation, Vegetable, Flower & Herb seed starting! HEAVY DUTY CONSTRUCTION,…

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Jolene Taranto

By Chris Johnston / November 13, 2013

“Donna, this is so emotional! I can’t believe I was privileged enough to be the mother of a miracle – and YES, I truly believe he is a miracle! I NEVER expected my son to walk or talk or be “normal” when he was a baby! Now he is SO SMART and his brain is…

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Bruce Hood

By Chris Johnston / November 13, 2013

Hi, Donna! I have some exciting news to pass on. I remember reading last summer about how probiotics had helped reduce your allergy symptoms, and thinking how wonderful that would be. Based on your success, I was encouraged and even willing to keep at it for four of five years to achieve some reasonable reduction…

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Natalie Schofield

By Chris Johnston / November 13, 2013

Hi Donna, I just have to tell you ( as I hope you’ll be as excited as me considering everyone around me thinks I’m looney) however… I had tickets to a 2-day music festival this weekend & on the second day i awoke with a terrible UTI so bad I wasn’t going to go. But…

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Susan W.

By Chris Johnston / November 13, 2013

My life has indeed been touched by fermented foods. I have my 2 children to thank for moving me to this journey. There’s nothing like becoming a mother and it totally changed my life from that moment onward. I have been on the fermenting journey for about 5 years now. I fell off the bandwagon…

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Sandra B.

By Chris Johnston / November 13, 2013

Donna! Thank you so much for educating people on the importance of cultured foods. your story is a real inspiration. I have a short story to tell at this time. i am recently recovering from the effects of chemotherapy for cancer. Anyone who has gone through chemo knows how the digestive system can be ravaged…

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Leigh Porter

By Chris Johnston / November 13, 2013

My beautiful daughter Layla has a great story as well. Layla is recovering and healing with kefir and kombucha, she has autism spectrum disorder. When we found out that she had it, I did my research about it and found a book about one theory that said it came from a weak immune system and…

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Get your free gift!!!

By Donna Schwenk / October 14, 2013

To get your free gifts: exclusive lifetime access to my newest video: “How to Heal Your Digestion and Allergies” plus a downloadable PDF Guide to go with it, and Twelve printable Cultured Food recipe cards, you must first purchase my book,  Cultured Food for Life. Then fill out this form and enter your receipt number. I’ll…

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Should Babies and Children Have Cultured Foods?

By Donna Schwenk / July 6, 2013

Having babies is a big event. For me, it was life-threatening and life-changing. My third pregnancy was actually the catalyst for this blog, my website, and my books. My pregnancy was a scary event – things quickly went from bad to worse and they delivered my baby 7.5 weeks early to save my life and hers. […]

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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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Donna’s Cultures

By Donna Schwenk / June 15, 2013

These are my cultures and I love them: Kefir, Kombucha, Cultured Vegetables, and Sourdough. They have brought me years of well being, love, and joy! I hope they will do the same for you. I take good care of them, they’re family to me!

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Lives Touched

By Donna Schwenk / March 12, 2013

Stories of healing with cultured foods — you could be next!

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Jason McMahon

By Chris Johnston / January 7, 2013

Donna, Reading your article and I had to share our Christmas holiday. We eat a primarily Paleo diet at our house with me, my wife, and our 3 kids 9.5 yo daughter, 5 yo son and 20 mo daughter. Well everyone in the house except my son drinks kombucha (from your scoby) every day. Together…

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Root Beer Extract

By Donna Schwenk / September 12, 2012
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Root Beer Kefir Soda

By Donna Schwenk / September 12, 2012
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By Donna Schwenk / May 14, 2012

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Become A Biotic Pro

By Donna Schwenk / April 2, 2012

Become a Biotic Pro!!! Whether you have been making cultured foods for a while or are just getting started, you should join our community of Biotic Pro members! Recipe eBooks Each month you’ll get a downloadable recipe eBook that has a ton of my favorite recipes! These are our past issues: Cultured Food Courses Step-by-step…

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Billion Bioticland Dressing (Thousand Island)

By Donna Schwenk / March 2, 2010
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Probiotic Water

By Donna Schwenk / February 12, 2010
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Sourdough FAQs

By Chris Johnston / January 11, 2010

If you like this, then please share! Sprouted Grains FAQs Non-Dairy Milk Kefir FAQs Sourdough FAQs Edit Helpful Tips for sourdough bread The secret to good sourdough bread is in the bubbly sourdough starter. (You can buy my live starter here.) To make a really bubbly sourdough starter, you must feed it a ratio of…

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Sprouted Grains FAQs

By Chris Johnston / January 11, 2010

If you like this, then please share! Frequently Asked Questions About Sprouted Grains No, you shouldn’t use sprouted flour when making sourdough bread. The bacteria in the sourdough starter wants to break down the enzyme inhibitors in the flour. This has already been accomplished when you make sprouted flour. So if you were to use…

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Cultured Vegetables FAQs

By Chris Johnston / January 11, 2010

If you like this, then please share! Frequently Asked Questions About Cultured Vegetables No, 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…

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Water Kefir FAQ’s

By Chris Johnston / January 11, 2010

If you like this, then please share! How to Make Kombucha Kombucha FAQs Water Kefir FAQ’s Edit Frequently Asked Questions About Water Kefir If your water kefir has a yeasty aroma you may be over-culturing, which can cause an imbalance. Make sure to reduce the culturing time in warmer temperatures, to keep the crystals well-fed…

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How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 7, 2010

If you like this, then please share! The Tale of the Disappearing Kefir Grains Learn How To Make Water Kefir How To Make Water Kefir Edit Water kefir grains, or we call them kefir crystals, are unlike milk kefir grains as they thrive on sugars and not lactose.The special probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria in the…

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How to Make Kefir Soda

By Chris Johnston / January 1, 2010

If you like this, then please share! How To Make Water Kefir How to Make Kefir Soda Edit There are two ways to make kefir soda, which is a slightly different process than making water kefir. with water kefir crystals. The difference is in the culture you use. Kefir soda can be made using either…

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