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Discover how to make and serve delicious probiotic foods and improve your overall health with Donna Schwenk. In her weekly radio show "Cultured Food Life" (new episodes every Tuesday), Donna will de-mystify different probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables, and share how to add these foods into your diet. As a teacher and writer, Donna works with thousands of people to open the door to a world of foods that can help improve an array of health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, and IBS. In her down-to-earth and informative style, Donna will walk you through the basic preparation techniques and teach you how to make these delicious probiotic recipes at home. You can find out all about Donna on her web site https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/

Cultured Food Life Donna Schwenk

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 127 Ratings

Discover how to make and serve delicious probiotic foods and improve your overall health with Donna Schwenk. In her weekly radio show "Cultured Food Life" (new episodes every Tuesday), Donna will de-mystify different probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables, and share how to add these foods into your diet. As a teacher and writer, Donna works with thousands of people to open the door to a world of foods that can help improve an array of health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, and IBS. In her down-to-earth and informative style, Donna will walk you through the basic preparation techniques and teach you how to make these delicious probiotic recipes at home. You can find out all about Donna on her web site https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/

    Episode 133: Grow Your Own Probiotics

    Episode 133: Grow Your Own Probiotics

    Making your own probiotics is one the best ways to change your health. Buying probiotic supplements are expensive and are often trapped in the acids of the stomach, and the probiotics are killed before the body ever gets a chance to use them. Consuming probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables is much more effective than taking pills and I can show you how!
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-133-grow-your-own-probiotics/
    Check out these links:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/grow-your-own-probiotics/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/the-healing-crisis-and-cultured-foods/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/dairy-free-kefir-every-kind-you-can-imagine/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/7-reasons-i-have-kefir-every-day/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/why-i-drink-kombucha-every-day/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/7-reasons-i-eat-cultured-vegetables/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/can-fermented-vegetables-help-with-covid-19/

    • 27 min
    Episode 132: Second Ferment Your Kefir – Your Taste Buds Will Thank You

    Episode 132: Second Ferment Your Kefir – Your Taste Buds Will Thank You

    Many years ago I discovered a way to make kefir not only taste better but also increase the nutrients in it. It is the only way that I make my kefir now because it is so delicious. The process is called "second fermenting." I have to admit that the reason I second fermented my kefir is that it tasted so much better. Check out how in this week's podcast.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-132-second-ferment-your-kefir-your-taste-buds-will-thank-you/
    Check out these links:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/can-fermented-vegetables-help-with-covid-19/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/7-reasons-i-have-kefir-every-day/

    • 31 min
    Episode 131: Did Kombucha Heal My Husband's Eyes?

    Episode 131: Did Kombucha Heal My Husband's Eyes?

    My husband is used to my crazy new ideas and has become accustomed to my enthusiasm for whatever happens to be my latest discovery. He goes along for the ride but never jumps in with both feet until coaxed. Kombucha was the first food he really grasped on to, and here is why.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-131-did-kombucha-heal-my-husbands-eyes/
    Check out these links:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/did-kombucha-heal-my-husbands-eyes/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/the-trilogy/kombucha/how-to-make-kombucha/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/eight-days-with-kombucha/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/the-healing-crisis-and-cultured-foods/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/how-to-fix-your-seasonal-allergies/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/why-i-drink-kombucha-every-day/

    • 30 min
    Episode 130: Do Fermented Vegetables Help with COVID-19?

    Episode 130: Do Fermented Vegetables Help with COVID-19?

    Exciting research has found that consuming probiotic fermented cabbage makes it much more difficult for the COVID-19 virus to enter the body due to special properties. Check out this week's podcast to hear more.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-130-do-fermented-vegetables-help-with-covid-19/
    Check out this link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/can-fermented-vegetables-help-with-covid-19/

    • 27 min
    Episode 129: How To Make Cultured Vegetables In The Summertime

    Episode 129: How To Make Cultured Vegetables In The Summertime

    There is no better time to make cultured veggies than in the summertime! The fruits and veggies are abundant and when you ferment them they'll last nine months in your fridge! Fermentation is a no-sweat endeavor. It's so much easier than canning and you'll get probiotics, enzymes, and increased vitamins in your veggies. Check out my 7 tips for making cultured veggies in the summertime!
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-129-how-to-make-cultured-vegetables-in-the-summertime/
    Check out these links:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/summer-cultured-vegetables/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/can-you-reuse-the-brine-for-cultured-vegetables/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/whats-this-on-my-cultured-vegetables/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/can-cultured-foods-hurt-me/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/cultured-vegetables-faqs/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/the-trilogy/cultured-vegetables/how-to-make-cultured-vegetables/

    • 36 min
    Episode 128: How To Make Kombucha in The Summertime

    Episode 128: How To Make Kombucha in The Summertime

    Kombucha is a must-have in the summertime! When the body is exposed to excessive heat, the liver can become stressed and kombucha can help! Drinking kombucha can keep you cool and hydrated in the summertime. Check out my 7 tips for making summer kombucha.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-128-how-to-make-kombucha-in-the-summertime/
    Check out these links:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/7-tips-for-summer-kombucha/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/10-ways-to-use-your-over-fermented-kombucha/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/help-my-kombucha-is-too-sour/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/how-to-make-bubbly-fruit-flavored-kombucha/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/20-smart-ways-to-use-your-kombucha-scobys/

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

marigreenthumb ,

Fermenting biggest fan

Donna I got to say this episode made mecry!I did too lost my dog, so I can definitely understand the feeling, I’m sorry for your lost, you speak only the truth this 2020 it’s really testing us, but I’m so thankful that I found you 5 ya ago and learned all this fermented foods and eat them every day, and try to spread the word to people that want to learn about it! And as you say it fills my heart when friends tell me that somehow it worked for them too! Keep up the good work, sending best wishes to you and fam!

Kairos Cultured Foods ,

I love Donna!

I have been following CFL since I was about 17, (6 years ago) and she has taught me everything I know about cultured foods. I love that she talks about all cultured foods, fun to listen to and I think she is so reliable with her sources and information, AND she has great recipes. This podcast is great for when you’re new to cultured foods and want to learn a little bit more, but if you want academic sources or recipes I recommend her website 💖

lkmhuff ,

So much great info!

Just started listening to your podcast on my journey of learning about ferments. I’ve listened to a lot of them and I can’t get enough! I love and appreciate your passion for ferments and your listeners’ health and all of the information you share! Just listen to the one about gut enzymes and so very much admire and respect that you talked about the product that you made but also very clearly stated that what was most important to you, is that people use a digestive enzyme (or any brand!) if they need them, that you were not trying to push your own product but just helping people get healthy. Such a rare thing these days. Thank you for sharing your passion!

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