What is Modified Food Starch

To continue our series on food additives to avoid, Andrew continues with a look at modified food starch. “What is modified food starch?” you may ask. For a thorough explanation on what it is, and why you might not want it in your daily diet, keep reading. Modified. Food. Starch. Three very unassuming and innocent-sounding … Read more

How to Make Brine: A Brine Calculator

Ever come across a delicious-sounding recipe that you want to try but you’re not sure how to make the brine it calls for? How much salt is in a 3% brine, anyway? Well, this post is for you. Kristi has taken all the mystery out of the equation by providing charts and step-by-step instructions. Read … Read more

Kefir Helps Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

If you haven’t tried kefir, now is the time to do it. Not only do you get the benefits of it being loaded with probiotics, here Andrew explains that kefir benefits fatty liver disease. In case you didn’t have enough reasons to drink the delightfully-effervescent yogurt-like drink that is better known as kefir, here is … Read more

Is My Ferment Safe to Eat?

When it comes to food, you want to be safe. And when it comes to food preservation, experience is the best education you can get. When I first started canning our food, I questioned everything. I constantly called my neighbor to run over and look at something to make sure I was doing it right. Abigail has … Read more

How long does sauerkraut last?


Admit it, you’ve had it happen. Just about everyone has lost something at the back of the fridge at some point. With ferments, how do you know if they’re still good? How long can a ferment last in the refrigerator? In this post, Ashley discusses the shelf life of fermented foods. How long does fermented … Read more

Are Pickles Bad for High Blood Pressure?

Pickles offer lots of great vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and many other health benefits. However, there is also a lot of salt in pickles, and too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. Does this mean that pickles cause high blood pressure? Let’s take a look and see. Are Pickles Bad for High Blood Pressure? Nutritional … Read more

Mold or Yeast, How to Tell the Difference

I have six quarts of pickles in my fridge. They are the first pickles I have ever made that are as crisp as store-bought. And the flavor, well, they’re delicious. But every time my son opens the fridge, he says, “Mom, you have mold on your pickles!” Well, do I? Let’s read Kristi’s post to … Read more


As a newbie fermenter, I came across kahm yeast and promptly threw everything out. I wish I knew then what I know now. If you are wondering if your ferment is safe, read on as Colleen explains what it is and what it means. If you’ve done any fermenting, particularly with vegetables and fruits, you’ve probably … Read more