Dandelion Vinegar

dandelionsSpring is time for dandelions and liver support!  If your yard is organic (or you know of one that is), and you see dandelions blooming, pluck those little flower heads!

The yellow flowers are high in lecithin and support liver health.

I feel like a honeybee as I buzz over my yard and collect the dandelion flowers.

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Once you’ve got a bunch, fill a glass mason jar (that has a lid) with the flowers.  Really pack them in there.

dandelions and acvPour Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) over the top until all the flowers are covered.

Cover with a lid (ideally a plastic lid since the vinegar will eat a metal lid … or put a layer of saran between the liquid and the metal lid).

Let this nectar sit on your counter (out of direct light) for about 6 weeks, and give it a shake once a day.

After 6 weeks, strain the vinegar and compost the dandelions (or leave them in there for the visual effect).

Use this Dandelion Vinegar anywhere you would eat ACV, for example:

  • A quick shot glass of Dandelion ACV chased by water in the morning will put some zing in your step and keep your liver smiling
  • Mixed with some olive oil and Fiesta Mole it makes a tasty salad dressing

How To Make Raw Sauerkraut

Red & Green Sauerkraut

Red & Green Sauerkraut

Making your own sauerkraut is one of the easiest things to do and much more economical than buying Bubbie’s sauerkraut (my favorite) from the store.

Sauerkraut is an excellent source for probiotics and one of my go-to foods when I crave cheese.  It’s tangy like cheese, more probiotic than cheese, and tastes particularly excellent on salads and mixed with avocados.

Here’s the process I use to make my own which I got from this delightful video by Lauren Amerson (ShaktiGoddess1 on youtube):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gObQR5Vm4M

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Making A Rain Barrel For Your Garden

Some of the best tasting super foods are the ones you grow yourself.  Using organic soil with ORMUS-rich probiotics, harvesting rain water, and eating as soon as the food is picked makes for a densely nutritious and delicious feast in your own backyard.

If you’ve got room for a backyard garden, you may be interested in these simple steps for building your own rain barrel in order to catch the rain from your roof.  Rain water is the best water to use on your garden since it doesn’t contain any chemical residues (from city tap waters) or over-concentration of minerals (often the case with well water).  And it’s free! :)

I’ll talk more about raised garden beds, ORMUS probiotics and other backyard gardening ideas later.  For now, here are the steps I used to make my own rain barrel with photos of my process and thanks to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program (and specifically Dottie Woodson) for the starter barrel and instructions.

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Sprouting Lentils

sprouting lentilsI used to be afraid of sprouting.  It’s supposed to be good for you – eating all those really alive, nutrient-rich sprouts.  But it always seemed like it would be hard work because you have to keep rinsing the sprouts as they grow.

My first foray into sprouting was with sunflower seeds and buckwheat because I could sprout those particular seeds like everything else I grow … in soil.  See my posting here about how to handle those seeds.

Well, I’ve played with sprouting lentils twice now, and I think I can safely say that it’s Super Easy and even if you “mess it up” those little sprouts will still find a way to grow. :)

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Here’s what you’ll need to do this:

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Growing Sunflower Seed Greens Indoors

Sunflower Seed SproutsIn the wintertime I start to get the gardening blues … I don’t get nearly the amount of time playing in the dirt that I crave.  That’s one more reason I love growing my own Sunflower Seed Greens in my kitchen window.  I get to play in the dirt and I have my own organically grown nutritious greens to add into salads and green smoothies at my whim. YAY!

If you want to grow your own, here’s the low-down on how to do it … (this also works great with Buckwheat greens which are a little thinner stem and equally as yummy … and wheat berries for wheat grass though I haven’t done that one just yet).

1. Get some seeds.  I got my sunflower and buckwheat seeds from my favorite nut and seed place: Sun Organic Farm.  If you get them anywhere else, here’s what you need to look for:

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