Soaked Granola

Soaked Granola
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10 cups
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10 cups
Soaked Granola
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10 cups
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10 cups
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  1. Place butter and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and heat until melted. Pour into a very large glass bowl and add kefir, buttermilk or coconut milk, water and vinegar; stirring well to combine. Add oats and rye flakes (or buckwheat groats); mix well. Cover the bowl and place it in a warm area of your home for a 12-24 hours. Once oat mixture is done soaking, you're ready for STEP TWO: BAKING. Notes
  2. GF Option: If you're gluten-free you can use ground buckwheat grouts for the soak. You can decrease the amount to 1 cup of ground buckwheat groats and then use 7 cups of GF rolled oats. The reason you need rolled rye or ground buckwheat groats is because they contain the phytase necessary to help break down the high levels of phytic acid in oats. Oats do not contain much phytase so soaking them without a phytase booster (like rolled rye, or ground buckwheat groats for those who are GF) doesn't do much to reduce the phytic acid.
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STEP TWO: BAKING

3/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup organic pure maple syrup
1 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions

After soaking time is completed, preheat oven to 200° F.
Add the honey, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla to the bowl of soaked oats. Stir until well combined.
Spread the mixture out over two 12x17-inch rimmed-baking sheets. You may line with parchment paper if you like. Bake for 8 hours, turning the granola after two to three hours. Then turn off oven and allow to remain in the oven until completely cooled.
Remove cooled granola from the oven and mix in any “add-ins” you’d like. The possibilities are endless. I love raisins, cranberries, walnuts, almonds, coconut flakes, other dried fruit options like apricots, bananas, etc. Makes 10-cups of granola (without add-ins).
Serve with as a great breakfast cereal, as a trail mix or over your favorite yogurt or cottage cheese. This recipe has been shared by many, including The Nourishing Home and Cooking God’s Way, which are excellent references.
Notes

It is important to turn granola (mix up) after 2 or 3 hours to avoid the big pieces that will occur if you don’t stir it. Take a spatula and flip pieces of the moist granola over and kind of chop it up into smaller pieces.

I haven’t found it really necessary to do this step again, although some recommend it. Once I’ve stirred it the first time, it seems to be fine. Return the pans back to the oven and let them continue drying for the remainder of the time. Once you’ve reached about 8 hours total, turn off the oven and let the sheets remain there until the oven is completely cool.

If you’re checking the granola before turning off the oven and find that it’s not completely dry, that’s okay. It will continue to dry after you’ve turned off the oven.

Due to some variances in oven temperatures, you may find that your granola isn’t as dry as you’d like it, just pop it back into a 200 degree oven for another 30 or so minutes and repeat the same process. Turn off the oven and let it cool completely.

Once dry, mix in other items you might want in your granola. I put into storage containers. If you don’t eat it fast enough, which is never a problem for me, you can put some in the freezer to help keep it fresh.

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Breakfast Porridge

Yogurt with granola

Breakfast Porridge
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  1. Mix oats with warm water mixture (which includes the whey, yogurt, kefir or buttermilk), cover and leave in a warm place for at least 7 hours and as long as 24 hours.
  2. Bring an additional 1 cup of water to a boil with salt. Add soaked oats, reduce heat, cover and simmer several minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, grind flax seeds, if using, in a mini grinder or coffee grinder.
  4. Remove the oats from the heat, stir in flax seeds and let stand for a few minutes. Serve with plenty of butter or cream and if you'd like some maple syrup.
  5. Recipe courtesy of Nourishing Traditions
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Punch

Punch

Punch
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2 quarts
Passive Time
2-3 days
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2 quarts
Passive Time
2-3 days
Punch
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Passive Time
2-3 days
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2 quarts
Passive Time
2-3 days
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  1. Place all the ingredients in a 2-quart glass container. Cover tightly and leave at room temperature for 2-3 days. Skim off any foam that may have risen to the top. Cover tightly and refrigerate. The punch will develop more flavors over time.
  2. Recipe courtesy of Nourishing Traditions
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Kombucha

Kombucha 1

Kombucha
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Servings
4-6 ounces
Passive Time
5-10 days
Servings
4-6 ounces
Passive Time
5-10 days
Kombucha
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4-6 ounces
Passive Time
5-10 days
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4-6 ounces
Passive Time
5-10 days
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  1. Put Scoby and finished Kombucha in a gallon jar. Cover with a paper towel or cheese cloth and secure it with a rubber band.
  2. In a 3-quart pot over medium heat, combine tea bags, sugar and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat and cover. Let steep for 15 minutes, covered.
  3. Squeeze liquid out of tea bags, and then remove. Add 2 quarts of cool water to the pot.
  4. Add cooled-down tea to the gallon jar. Add more water to fill to shoulder of jar, just before jar starts narrowing in diameter.
  5. Cover with paper towel or cheese cloth and secure with a rubber band. Leave at room temperature for 5-10 days, until it's bubbly and tastes slightly sweet and a little sour.
  6. Pour finished Kombucha into another gallon container, leaving Scoby and 1 1/2 cups of Kombucha behind. Repeat the above steps to make more batches.
  7. Transfer finished Kombucha to bottles or tightly lidded jars. Leave at room temperature for 1-2 days to build up carbonation, and then chill until needed. Finished Kombucha keeps indefinitely, but gets more sour and vinegary over time.
  8. Variation: For a darker, richer Kombucha (which is more traditional), use black tea instead of green tea.
  9. Second Ferments: This would be after your first ferment is finished, you can add any number of combinations of fruit, herbs, and tea blends, etc. to add a different flavor profile to your Kombucha.
  10. I sometimes add Blueberries and a piece of Rosemary to the jar and let it sit for a couple of days. I also use some nice medicinal tea blends. Raisins add carbonation too. It only takes a few per jar. I also put pieces of fresh ginger in too.
  11. Something I usually recommend is to taste the Kombucha when you first are making it, that way you know how sweet it is.
  12. After about 5 days, taste it. You're looking for a slightly sweet, slightly sour taste. If it's still too sweet, let it continue fermenting.
  13. You'll get the best carbonation if you can get it to the above state. If it gets more vinegary, it's still okay, your carbonation won't be as high and the taste will just be slightly different, which is okay. Some people like it this way.
  14. It really is a personal preference.
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Beet Kvaas

Beet kvaas

Beet Kvaas
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A serving size is 3-4 ounces and you can drink this a couple times a day, think morning and night, if you like.
Servings
3-4 ounces
Passive Time
2-4 days
Servings
3-4 ounces
Passive Time
2-4 days
Beet Kvaas
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A serving size is 3-4 ounces and you can drink this a couple times a day, think morning and night, if you like.
Servings
3-4 ounces
Passive Time
2-4 days
Servings
3-4 ounces
Passive Time
2-4 days
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  1. Wash beets and peel
  2. Chop beets in small approx. 1" pieces
  3. Put the beets into the jar. Add the whey or starter juice and then fill with water. I usually fill only to the 6 or 7 cup mark on the jar.
  4. Cover the jar and let sit on the countertop, out of direct sunlight for 2-4 days.
  5. Once done fermenting, pour the juice into quart jars, straining the beets and any scum that forms on the top.
Recipe Notes

Save approx. 10% of the juice to start another batch. You should be able to successfully use the beets again for another batch. To do this, add the 10% juice, the beets and another tablespoon of salt. Fill with water and start the process again.

Sometimes you can get another batch (a third one). I generally compost the beets at this time and start over with fresh beets. You can still use the starter liquid, just use fresh beets.

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Fermented Garlic

Fermented Garlic.

Fermented Garlic
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Servings
1 Quart
Passive Time
2-3 weeks
Servings
1 Quart
Passive Time
2-3 weeks
Fermented Garlic
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Servings
1 Quart
Passive Time
2-3 weeks
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1 Quart
Passive Time
2-3 weeks
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  1. Separate the heads of garlic and peel. This is the most time consuming part of the process. Check out this video for how to peel garlic quickly. Fill your jar about ¾ of the way, add the salt, any herbs you’d like, if using, and fill leaving about 2” head space with clean, filtered water.
  2. Screw the lid on and place your jar(s) out of direct sunlight for approx. 2-3 weeks. When done fermenting (usually the bubbling stops), place in a cool storage area or the refrigerator. I find the flavor continues to develop, so if you can wait a couple months, you’ll love it even more. Then use whenever you want good fresh, fermented garlic. Yum!!!!
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