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Kefir Workshop

Grow Your Own Probiotics at Home!

Sue Otis will share her passion for fermentation with us. Learn what milk kefir is, what the healing powers and health benefits are, learn the history, the legend, and how to culture milk kefir in your kitchen.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This might be a little off-topic, but speaking of what Market Basket stocks these days, this week I noticed 3 or 4 brands of actual certified organic eggs. Anyone have a go-to egg they get from MB? Especially one that is truly free-range and it not given GMO feed? I went with the most expensive ($4 dozen) because I was weary about the ones labeled organic that were selling for only $2 dozen...I figured it was too good to be true.

    June 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it all depends on what regulations are being followed. I've seen eggs at farms labeled organic, but when I've asked they said that they are fed GMO corn and soy. And I'm not sure how to know what kind of free-range regulations are followed .. I think some standards allow producers to label as "free-range" as long as their birds are let out of their cage for at least a couple of hours a day. So in some cases, free-range could mean in houses 22 hrs a day with 3000 other sick birds. Plus I'm skeptical about what "all-vegetarian"­ diet means ... how were those veggies grown?

      June 5, 2014

    • Terri R.

      Oh sheesh. Never thought of that. Guess I'll HAVE to talk the hubs into letting me get chickens. Yeah. Right.

      June 5, 2014

  • Cassandra C.

    I have just started a new batch as well!

    June 2, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Right, Newburyport.

    June 2, 2014

  • Terri R.

    Sad I couldn't make it - hubs had to work so I had all 3 kids. :( Sounds like you all had a great time! Perhaps some day I'll snag you, Sue, all for myself & you can teach me. You can also teach me how to make those yummy scones with the butterscotch chips. Mmmmm

    June 2, 2014

  • sue o.

    Elizabeth, that's wonderful about MB, I'm happy for Kimball Brook, too. Thanks for letting us know! MB Newburyport, right?

    June 2, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    P.S. Found Kimball Brook Organic Milk at Market Basket ... only pasteurized not ultra-pasteurized ... we will see how that does.

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    I just fished my grains out tonight ... the kefir was rich and creamy and my next batch is on the way!

    2 · June 1, 2014

  • sue o.

    Thanks again Elizabeth for hosting!

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • sue o.

    Yes, kefir grains like room temp. milk.

    June 1, 2014

  • Cassandra C.

    Does the milk need to be room temp to add to the kefir to keep it growing?

    May 31, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Susan did a wonderful job sharing the history and art of kefir making and we all went home with grains to ferment our own. Thanks! Great questions and discussion too.

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • Judy F.

    Excellent. Informative. Friendly. Delicious!

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • Carmen

    Well, we are leaving next week for the Middle East for 4 months. Are you going to hold this class again? Thanks.

    May 28, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Carmen - We don't know at this point. Check back in when you return from your trip. Sounds great.

      May 28, 2014

  • sue o.

    Terri, at least you're next in line.

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Terri R.

      Rock on. Someone ALWAYS backs out. Woot Woot!

      2 · May 14, 2014

  • Terri R.

    Figures. I didn't see this until the wait list went active.
    >:(

    May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I was just wondering if there was a cost to this? Thanks

    May 12, 2014

  • sue o.

    Yes Judy! I was just reading that one serving of a fermented food (i.e. kefir) has as many probiotics as are in a whole jar of commercial probiotics. And the kefir ones are all alive and kicking!

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • Judy

    Exerpt from one of my favorite's, Chris Kresser's blog .........."even the most potent commercial probiotics claim to contain somewhere between one and five billion microorganisms per serving. (I say “claim” to contain because independent verification studies have shown that most commercial probiotics do not contain the amount of microorganisms they claim to.) Contrast that with a glass of homemade kefir, a fermented milk product, contains as many as 5 trillion beneficial microorganisms!"

    2 · May 3, 2014

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