I explain here why I love milk kefir (and even how I use it in place of culture packets for making cheese!) If you need a starter culture, this is a great one.
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This unbleached, organic, non-GMO flour is grown by American farmers and never has any preservatives. It’s one you can trust for consistent results, every time. Well, except for those times you forget about the biscuits in the oven and the smoke detector serves as the dinner bell. Yeah, King Arthur can’t help me with that one.
If you’d like to grind your own flour for making bread, you want to go with hard white wheat berries like these great organic ones. I love that you can choose from a huge variety of sizes too. Start with a small order and if you like them go back for the great deal of the 50 lb. bag!
While you can absolutely make your own sourdough starter, if you’d rather purchase one, I recommend this one. You’ll have a healthy jar of bacteria and yeast in no time that boosts the nutritional content of your bread, not to mention how it will add that incredible flavor!
I used to think all honey was pretty much the same. But then I found this tupelo honey… it offers buttery undertones with a soft, smooth, slowly vanishing sweetness. (I just had a Julia Childs moment there.) And–this was earth shattering for me–this tupelo honey will never crystalize or turn hard in your jar. Never.
I love the warm flavor of maple syrup in baking. And this delicious syrup even comes at bulk pricing! (Order the XXL size for the best price per ounce.)
Vitacost is a great resource for hard-to-find items like spices, herbs, condiments, and pantry supplies that I love. And it’s a fantastic option if you are rural like me. Bonus, they have fantastic customer service. And while my family doesn’t need gluten-free food, I’m told Vitacost is a fantastic resource for that too.
An ancient type of wheat that hasn’t been tampered with like our modern flours. It produces nutritious, golden baked goods with lots of flavor.
Homemade broth is always best, but if you can’t make it yourself for some reason, Kettle & Fire is a great one to purchase without all the junk of many brands.
I always recommend rendering your own tallow if possible, but if you don’t have access to beef fat, here is a source of pure, grassfed beef tallow.
I use coconut oil for DIY projects as well as baking. (And no it doesn’t actually taste like coconut in my baked goods. If a recipe calls for shortening, this is usually what I use.) So I’ll buy coconut oil by the bucket. Yes, I’m sure my UPS delivery man thinks I’m crazy. But you don’t have to buy a bucket full. Click on this link, and choose what size you’d like.
I use this culture when making high-temperature cheeses and dairy recipes.
I use this in many of my low-temperature cheese and dairy recipes.