In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, I'm taking listener questions, including:
- making fermented pomegranate soda with a ginger bug
- the difference between soaking and sprouting and which to do
- how did Scott and Helen Nearing (The Good Life) maintain good health without eating animal foods
- is 4-week old separated raw milk okay to use?
- best choice for filtering water
- Tip of the Week: Add more fat to these pancakes for crisp sourdough pancakes!
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Here are the questions I answered in this episode, in the order they're answered (in case you want to skip around). The podcast contains my answers, plus if I mentioned any additional resources, they are linked here along with the question.
Janelle asked: Hi, Wardee! I bought your fermenting foods book and I'm wondering if I can make the pomegranate soda with a ginger bug. Please let me know any suggestions you might have about this. Thank you!
Aliyana asked: I do a lot of soaking and sprouting. Is there a real big reason to sprout vs soak? I have 3 autistic kids and two having very interesting health issues at the moment… I use a lot of garbanzo beans and I hate the way they smell when sprouting! That and I have limited space… so need to know if it is really of real benefit to us to go that extra time and trouble. I usually sprout 4 half gallon jars at a time… the family size is 8… so you can see where this takes me. I am making everything from scratch as they have so many allergies…. one kiddo has over 50+ allergens… so life is difficult. I appreciate you taking time to read this and hope you can email me with a short answer. Thanks in advance.
Kathy asked: I just finished reading The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing and I saw on your Reading List that you read it as well. In the book, they reference Weston A. Price, but I don't get why because they did not follow pretty much any of his guidelines that I can see. And yet, they must have been on to something given their extreme health and longevity. I don't get how they could have maintained such good health given they only ate cheese one a week or so and that was pretty much their only source of dairy. I am trying to resolve how they could have remained so healthy given all I am reading about why (good) animal food sources are so important. Did this strike you as well? Do you have any insight as to how they maintained such health without animal food sources? Here I am trying to convince my family about how we should all be eating to be optimally healthy and then I read something that seems to fly in the face of the knowledge I think I have gained. I even remember reading in Dr. Natasha Campbell McBrides' latest book that she had never treated a vegetarian that was healthy. I am confused and would appreciate any insights or references to additional reading. Thank you for your wonderfully informative website — I look forward to having more time to spend on it!
Mary Ann asked: I live in Malaysia and have found a source of raw organic milk!!! Have accidentally left a 1 litre bottle of this milk in the fridge for over 4 weeks. When I opened the lid there was a slight fizzing sound. When I strained out the bottle, there was a thick layer of cream on top, caught up in my strainer, and a lot of liquid that filled the bowl. It didn't smell bad only a bit sour and fizzy. The creamy part is a bit like sour cream only a bit fizzy tasting and sadly there was only about 2 Tablespoons worth there. Can I use both the cream and the liquid safely? As this milk was not heated is this liquid now the sweet whey — and what should I use it for? Can I also use this liquid as a yoghurt starter — or to sour milk for making cheese — or to ferment vegetables? Thank you so much for your help with this — I am a beginner and don't want to poison my family while I'm experimenting! Love your site — thanks and God bless.
Katie asked: I really enjoy your podcast. My question concerns water. What do you use for filtering the water for your family? We just have a simple fridge filter and I have been buying bottled spring water (in plastic jugs) to use for making my kombucha and other ferments. I am just wondering if this might be defeating the purpose of avoiding chemicals etc… as I've heard the plastics leach estrogen interfering chemicals into the water. Thanks so much and God bless you. 🙂
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