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How to Grow Wine Cap Mushrooms – Edible Landscaping

One of the easiest mushrooms to start growing at home is the Wine Cap mushroom, also known as King Stropharia. Wine cap mushrooms grow as big as portobello mushrooms, and have a meaty texture and taste. The spawn can be grown on a bed of wood chips and soil,...

How to Grow Ginseng – Edible Landscaping

Wild American ginseng root has sold for as much as $350 per pound. Today, wild ginseng is a protected plant and it is illegal to harvest in many states. However, you can grow and harvest your own ginseng....

First Shiitake Mushroom Harvest

This spring we inoculated hardwood logs with shiitake mushroom spawn plugs. We received our first harvest this week and threw them in the smoker with our sirloin steak. De-e-elicious....

Fresh Delicious Quail Eggs – Micro Homesteading

Quail eggs are delicious and packed with more protein than chicken eggs. Substitute three quail eggs for one chicken egg in recipes. Raising quail is a great alternative to chickens if you don't have a lot of space. Each egg contains just 14 calories and 1 gram of...

Types of Burlap Fabric – Materials for DIY Projects

Burlap provides an inexpensive way to decorate a home or create a craft project. This coarsely-woven fabric is also known as hessian. Burlap fabric most commonly comes from India and surrounding regions....

How to Make Filmjolk Yogurt – Homestead Recipe Basics

Kefir yogurt may be too sour for some people. Sweden offers an alternative to kefir fermentation that can also be done at room temperature. Filmjolk is a fermented yogurt that has a creamy custard-like consistency, and is much sweeter than Kefir....

How to Make Filmjolk Yogurt Cheese – Homestead Recipe Basics

When filmjolk is cultured in fresh milk, it creates a thick creamy custard yogurt that can be used to create a soft yogurt cheese. Filmjolk is different from traditional yogurt in that it can be cultured at room temperature. Your filmjolk yogurt cheese can be used in recipes just...

How to Make Filmjolk Yogurt Butter – Homestead Recipe Basics

Filmjolk yogurt is thicker and sweeter than kefir. You can use your fermented filmjolk yogurt to create butter by using a process to separate the whey from the curds. The result is homemade filmjolk butter and buttermilk, which you can use in recipes....

About Milk Kefir

Milk Kefir is a fermented beverage that is cultured by using kefir grains. Kefir originates from the Caucasus Mountains, and was used to preserve milk before refrigeration existed....

Health Benefits of Kefir

Kefir cultures are one of many ways to ferment milk and create a probiotic beverage. It originates from the Caucasus Mountains of Eastern Europe where it has been used to preserve milk for centuries. Kefir cultures contain a community of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that make a cauliflower-like kefir...