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Making cultured and fermented foods doesn't have to be difficult. You can learn to make cultured and fermented foods at home with our Cultures for Health team.

Whether you want to start with something simple, like water or milk kefir, or are ready to invest in a making homemade cheese or sourdough baking, we have hundreds of expert advice articles, FAQs, tutorials, and other troubleshooting tips to help you be successful.

Where to start? Pick a topic below to view our expert advice articles tailored to natural lifestyle beginners. And remember...you can do this!

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  • What is Yogurt?

    What is Yogurt?

    What is yogurt, and what is yogurt made of? Brush up on the history of yogurt, where yogurt comes from, and other details about its history.

  • Salt In Cheesemaking

    Salt In Cheesemaking

    Most cheese recipes call for salt, often listed as cheese salt. What exactly is cheese salt? What other kinds of salt can be substituted in cheese recipes?

  • Introduction to Milk Kefir

    Introduction to Milk Kefir

    Perhaps you've heard of milk kefir's probiotic benefits. But do you know more? Discover more about milk kefir, its origin, and how to make it at home.

  • Cutting The Curd

    Cutting The Curd

    What is cheese curd? Why do you need to cut it in special ways when making cheese? Learn how to cut cheese curd for your next cheesemaking project.

  • How to Find Milk Kefir Grains

    How to Find Milk Kefir Grains

    Wondering how to get your hands on a set of milk kefir grains? These guidelines will help you decide what starter is best for you!

  • Composition of Milk Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts

    Composition of Milk Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts

    Curious about what probiotics are in milk kefir? Browse our list of common strains of yeast and bacteria that generally comprise milk kefir grains.

  • What Is Whey Cheese?

    What Is Whey Cheese?

    Don't waste a drop: use the whey left over from making cheese to create whey cheese recipes and more!

  • Busting Kombucha Myths

    Busting Kombucha Myths

    If myths about kombucha have held you back, we'll shed some light on them so you can start brewing a delicious, tangy homemade tonic.

  • 16 Ways to Flavor Homemade Soft Cheeses

    16 Ways to Flavor Homemade Soft Cheeses

    Learn how to flavor and serve soft varieties of homemade cheese such as Chevre, Fromage Blanc, Cream Cheese, and more!

  • Choosing A Water Source For Making Cultured & Fermented Foods

    Choosing A Water Source For Making Cultured & Fermented Foods

    Many fermented foods require water for the culturing process. Learn which factors to consider when choosing a water source.

  • Obtaining a Mother Kombucha SCOBY

    Obtaining a Mother Kombucha SCOBY

    Learn how to obtain a Kombucha Scoby and read how to make your own Kombucha tea at home using our recipes and how-to guides.

  • What's in My Kombucha?

    What's in My Kombucha?

    Considering adding kombucha to your diet? Learn about the beneficial bacteria and yeast that make up Kombucha Tea.

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