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4 Top tips for fermenting in the tropics

Fermenting in the tropics comes with stunning sunsets and swaying palm trees, together with a number or surprises and challenges! Because of our high heat and humidity our foods ferment faster. While there are bonuses to this, there are also a stack of tips and tricks worthy of noting. One of the greatest challenges to urban…

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3 fun facts about probiotics

  Are you addicted to homemade probiotics and take daily doses to work? Do you get tired of having to explain why you like to take your homemade nourishing drinks and meals to work? As a health conscious coach I’ve seen colleagues guzzle garbage and suck soft drinks that make me want to puke. It never…

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5 Important tips for caring for kombucha in the tropics

Kombucha is a living organism made up essentially of bacteria and wild yeast. It’s widely used as a digestive tonic to support and strengthen the immune system and for overall good gut health. Because it’s a live organism, it grows according to the environment it’s in including what’s happening in the environment. Hard to believe?…

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4 day ferments

I’ve been playing around with 4 day ferments with both fruit and veg in hot and humid Darwin, Australia and am impressed with the results. Our temperatures currently vary from 27 – 32 degrees celsius (78 – 82F) for almost 6 months of the year so as you’d imagine, ferments can become

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5 top fermenting blogs to follow

I have been very blessed over the years to have developed a passion for online learning. Having been a nerd most of my life, it was a natural progression for me to take to the world wide web like a duck to water! Living in a remote region of Australia, I have had to find…

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Why water kefir isn’t one of my favourite ferments

I used to love water kefir – and I mean love it! That was until I found out from Donna Schwenk that it ranks the lowest on the list for probiotic health benefits, and that my beloved coconut milk kefir is King! Donna says that water kefir can at most only deliver 10 strains of…

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7 quick sauerkraut tips

I love sauerkraut – in fact I’d have to say it’s king in my fermenting kingdom! What I’ve learned about making kraut in the tropics however, is that you really need to keep it close by in the early days, especially in the grotty build up when the heat and humidity is intense. So here…

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My fermenting Journey

My own journey to fermenting food started way back in 1994 when I was first introduced to Kombucha through the complimentary healing fraternity I then belonged to. This was before the world wide web, and information was generally passed on by word of mouth. There was very little documented research about it other than Gunther…

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6 things you need to know about Sauerkraut

These two little beauties are my all time favourites ferments. Packed with probiotic goodness, ruby red on the left, punches above her weight hands down. While my summer ferment on the right is a quick turn around that I actually ferment in the fridge (more about that later) and therefore doesn’t have the high dosage…

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How to avoid fermenting explosions in the tropics

Fermenting in the tropics can be hazardous to say the least. Changing weather patterns, high humidity, dampness and rampant wild bacteria and yeasts can make for some explosive experiences! Trust me, I’ve got the scars to prove it! But first up, what exactly are fermented foods? Well instead of me trying to wax lyrical about…

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