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  • How Does Lactic Acid Fermentation Work?

    Some folks are foodies. They love to cook and eat food from all over the world, often using rare and exotic ingredients. Other folks are food nerds. These folks want to know all the why's and wherefore's of cooking. What makes milk turn into cheese? How does beating cream make a meringue? And, pertinent to this post, how does lactic acid fermentation work? If you're one of those food nerds and get high on science, this post is for you.
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  • 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.
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  • Food Additives to Avoid #3

    In our quest to find common food additives that should be avoided, we have taken a look at MSG and food coloring. Our journey continues today with a look at those things that have directly replaced fermentation in modern American life. Keep reading as Andrew enlightens us on other harmful, yet ubiquitous, food additives.
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  • How to Ferment without Whey or Starter

    Ever need to adjust a recipe for your needs? Maybe cut it in half, or substitute an ingredient that you are missing? Some folks advocate that you have whey, or a starter culture, to ferment foods. Guess what? Not so. Read on for Sarah's great explanation on how to ferment without whey or starter.
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  • Should I Avoid Artificial Food Coloring?

    My son was kicked out of Sunday School. Shocking, I know. His behavoir was so bizarre the teacher told me, "I don't know what to do with him." And she only had him for one hour each week! Turns out, my little boy had a sensitivity to food coloring. Once we discovered the problem, and eliminated it from our home and his diet, he was a new person. So, when you ask yourself, "Should I avoid artificial food coloring?" answer with a resounding, "Yes!" Keep reading and Andrew will tell you why.
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  • Should I Avoid MSG?

    To continue our series on food additives, Andrew covers everything you probably didn't want to know about monosodium glutamate—also known as MSG—including what it is, where it is found, and why you should avoid it.
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  • Should We Worry About Food Additives?

    Do you read labels? I do, even though some of my friends scoff. They say we're all going to die anyway. I'm not afraid of dying. I'm afraid of poor health. So, I read labels and look for those food additives science tells me to avoid. Read on and I'll wager that Michelle convinces you to do the same.
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  • Is Lacto-Fermentation Safe?

    I remember the first time I made sauerkraut. No one told me the importance of keeping the cabbage under the level of the brine. Nor did they share the importance of ambient temperature. Consequently, I ended up with a mess. In fact, I ended up with a mess after several attempts. Then, after discovering Fermentools, I learned the proper way to make sauerkraut. But the fears caused by my prior failed attempts were real. In this post, Michelle discusses those fears and helps you to see why they are unfounded.
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  • 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.
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  • Lacto-Fermentation versus Canning and Pickling

    There are a varied number of ways to preserve food. Canning, freezing and drying are just a few. Fermentation is another way. In this post Mary discusses the pro's and con's of different ways of food preservation so that you can make an educated decision.
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