March 7, 2013

Juicing {GAPS}

Posted in drinks, GAPS friendly tagged , , , , at 7:58 pm by riahjoy

Our Champion

Every morning for the past week we’ve started our day with a glass of freshly juiced veggies and an apple or two. Getting the fresh taste of celery and carrot after a whole month of cooked veggies has been a real blessing; one I might not have counted before!

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March 2, 2013

Cultured dairy – a comparison {GAPS}

Posted in breakfast, child-friendly, dessert, drinks, GAPS friendly, snacks tagged , , , at 9:32 pm by Jordan

I’ve been experimenting with culturing raw milk, both from goats and cows. Moriah took some great comparison photos that I’d like to share.

Comparison - goat yogurt, goat kefir, cow yogurtComparison - goat yogurt, goat kefir, cow yogurt (with spoons)

First we have raw goat milk, cultured with Viili yogurt culture. It thickened, but still pours easily – a bit like store-bought kefir.

Next comes raw goat milk cultured with kefir grains (The curd-like stuff that you can see are the grains). This hardly thickened at all, but it did curdle/separate a bit, as you can see in the spoon. There’s also a small kefir grain in the spoon.

Last is the raw cow milk, cultured with Viili yogurt culture. This thickened up very nicely – in fact, a few members of the family think it thickened too well! Below is an additional picture of this yogurt. Notice how it pulls away from the side of the jar in a single mass when I tip it.

unpasturized yogurt

Tonight I did a “blind” taste test between the goat and cow yogurts. The results are as follows:

Dad – Cow yogurt, all the way! He quite dislikes goat-anything unless it’s fresh and/or covered up with other flavors.

Mom – detected the goat-y taste immediately and had to get the taste out with something else.

Me – I like them both…but I tend to do that with things I make. It’s like I don’t want to disown a child or something 😉

Moriah – wasn’t feeling well and didn’t taste tonight.

Bethany – Liked the taste of the cow yogurt best, but preferred the thinner texture of the goat yogurt.

Daniel – loved the goat yogurt and wasn’t so sure about the texture of the cow.

Joshua – loved the goat yogurt.

June 28, 2012

Posted in drinks tagged , , , , , , , at 6:11 pm by Jordan

This is the most popular post on my main blog! Sharing it here, so it’s easy to find.

Heavenly Princess

 

Mmm, Mmm, Good! I never thought I’d be saying that about Kombucha, but this stuff is so tasty! The original recipe (and suggestion to use ginger) is from my friend CJ, but we tried our own variations.

First of all, you need to brew your Kombucha. I decided not to go into it since Rebekah already created such nice instructions (with pictures!). I do it basically the same except that I use only 3/4 cups of sugar.

After I have the finished brew (it takes about 5-10 days, depending on the temperature of the house), I pour it into jars (CJ uses bottles, which increases the carbonation). Then I add the flavors! The picture above shows the four we tried (we had already drunk some so that’s why some aren’t full) L-R: Apple ginger, plain ginger, lemon ginger, blueberry ginger. In case you didn’t notice, ginger is…

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June 26, 2012

Posted in appetizers, breakfast, child-friendly, dessert, drinks, snacks tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:57 am by Jordan

I posted about green smoothies on my blog today 🙂 Here’s the reblogged post…

Heavenly Princess

Our family has been enjoying “green smoothies” for some time now, so called because of their content, not their color. The smoothie in the picture is a green smoothie, loaded with spinach and other greens, but it’s bright pinkish-purple! The secret to getting this gorgeous color is simple. Just use lots of berries, and add some raw (or frozen) BEET! You can’t really taste it, but it’s so good for you!

Basic Recipe for Green Smoothies

(You must use a Vitamix or Blendtec to get everything liquified without burning out your blender!)

Blend well 3 c. cold water plus a few handfuls of greens and sprouts (up to 6 c. line). Add frozen and fresh fruit until filled to the top and blend until smooth. We also throw in other ingredients, such as fresh mint, celery, carrots, hemp protein powder, ginger, avocado, cacao nibs, hemp, chia or flax seeds, just to…

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