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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 • 145 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 162: Is Your Kombucha Too Sour?

    Episode 162: Is Your Kombucha Too Sour?

    In the early days of making kombucha, I would often let my kombucha go too long and it would lose its bubbliness. There were a few times it turned so sour that it made me squint and gasp and nobody wanted to drink it. Here are the many ways you can help and use your overly tart kombucha.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-162-is-your-kombucha-too-sour/
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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/help-my-kombucha-is-too-sour/

    • 28 min
    Episode 161: 20 Smart Ways to Use Your Kombucha Scobys

    Episode 161: 20 Smart Ways to Use Your Kombucha Scobys

    You all keep asking . . . What do I do with all these SCOBYs?! If you are anything like me, you have a pile of SCOBYs in a massive SCOBY hotel just waiting. It feels somehow wrong to throw them away when you have taken care of them and watched them grow! Did you know you can eat your SCOBYs and that they're actually good for you and have health benefits? Check out all my recipes and ideas on what to do with all your scobys.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-161-20-smart-ways-to-use-your-kombucha-scobys/
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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/20-smart-ways-to-use-your-kombucha-scobys/

    • 21 min
    Episode 160: Why You Should Sprout Your Own Greens In a Jar

    Episode 160: Why You Should Sprout Your Own Greens In a Jar

    Fermenting, sprouting, and soaking are all ways I enhance my food. These are the heroes that help me stay healthy in spite of all that seems to tell me I need to fear aging and all the disease that could come my way. Sprouting seeds is similar to fermentation. Sprouting seeds makes certain nutrients easier to absorb than when the foods are in their non-sprouted form. Check out how easy it is to make a jar of fresh greens on your kitchen counter. Each meal is a time to start anew and change your body by flooding it with nutrients. Check out the podcast for more info.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-160-why-you-should-sprout-your-own-greens-in-a-jar/
    Check out these links:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/why-you-should-be-growing-and-eating-sprouts-in-a-jar/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/recipe/sprouts-deli-sandwich/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/recipe/sprouts-sweet-greens/ https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/recipe/sprouts-vegan-protein/

    • 21 min
    Episode 159: Frequently Asked Questions About Cultured Vegetables

    Episode 159: Frequently Asked Questions About Cultured Vegetables

    It's my favorite time of the year - when I have an abundance of fresh vegetables that I can ferment. Fermented vegetables can last nine months stored in the refrigerator. They can provide you with months of your own probiotics that are much stronger than supplements. We get a lot of questions about making cultured vegetables and we have lots of answers to help you. Check out 16 FAQs about cultured veggies and get the recipe for my Salt and Pepper Kraut too!
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-159-frequently-asked-questions-about-cultured-vegetables/
    Check out this link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/cultured-vegetables-faqs/

    • 28 min
    Episode 158: 7 Healthy Reasons I Love Dates

    Episode 158: 7 Healthy Reasons I Love Dates

    I love dates and so do my microbes since they're loaded with fiber and lots of nutrients. Here is what I've learned about dates and why date sugar is my favorite sweetener to use for baked goods. Dates are nature's healthy treats! Check out the podcast and article.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-158-7-healthy-reasons-i-love-dates/
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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/seven-healthy-reasons-i-love-dates/

    • 18 min
    Episode 157: Probiotic Salads and Dressings and Why Your Microbes Need Them

    Episode 157: Probiotic Salads and Dressings and Why Your Microbes Need Them

    If I want to feel better from one meal, a salad is just the ticket I need. If I could teach you to eat a small salad every day it could change your life. If you want to feel better, you need salad and probiotic dressing with a little fat in them to help you absorb the nutrients in a more profound way. Eating salads provides fiber for your microbiome and this reduces inflammation and so much more. Check out all the ways to eat salads and probiotic dressings on this week's podcast.
    Episode link:
    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-157-probiotic-salads-and-dressings-and-why-your-microbes-need-them/
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    https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/probiotic-salads-and-dressings-and-why-your-microbes-need-them/

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

nonnonnom ,

Donna is knowledgeable & very reliable guide!

I’m happy I found Cultured Food Life blog years ago- was so afraid to eat fermented foods, but Donna’s articles have helped put my mind at ease and I have confidence to make my own fermented foods at home now! Ty for what you and your team do & sharing this health food knowledge!

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 💖

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