kombucha

Is Kombucha Good For You? The Surprising Benefits of Fermented Tea

Is kombucha actually healthy? Or is it simply another health fad, like coconut oil, kale, or acaí? Humans have enjoyed this fermented tea for thousands of years, starting in China and moving throughout the world. Surprisingly, given this long history of kombucha consumption, little scientific research has looked into the health effects of this drink.  Clinical Studies on Kombucha Health …

Florist’s Field Guide: Post-Harvest Care of Cut Flowers

Image by Daria Yakoleva from Pixabay Nothing brightens up a room quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately, once a flower’s stem is cut, the wilting process begins. However, it’s possible to keep flowers alive and healthy after being cut. Water and refrigeration allow them to continue to grow and even bloom after being cut.  A vase of freshwater …

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IBU Beer Scale: Ins & Outs of Bitter Beer

Neither salty nor sweet, we describe bitterness with all sorts of colorful words: harsh, astringent, sharp, pungent, acrid. It is one of the four basic taste sensations we describe through our languages. Say you were to bite down into some dandelion greens – your tastebuds, sensory cells connected to nerve fibers, quickly alert your brain. In total, there are about …

Cured meat

How Long Does Cured Meat Last?

Cured meat seems like a terrific counter to meat’s limited shelf life. But how long does it actually last? Here we’ll dig deep into the process of curing meat, why it works as a method of preservation, and learn how long cured meat lasts. What Is Cured Meat? Essentially, cured meat is a way of increasing the product’s shelf life. …

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How to Use a Fermentation Airlock

Fermentation is both an art and a science. As with any art or science, it requires the proper tools to execute successfully. A fermentation airlock is an essential piece of equipment for any home-brewer to know how to use. Fortunately, they are cheap and easy to figure out! Is a Fermentation Airlock Necessary? Some types of fermentation require airlocks and …

Our Most Unique CoolBot Build Yet: Matt Aderhold’s Silo

Matt Aderhold transitioned from his career in residential homebuilding construction to inside sales of construction equipment about six years ago. Now he manages a large rental fleet of heavy machinery and sells supplies, which grants him more benefits than his previous work. Growing up in South Dakota, Matt has been an avid hunter his entire life, since about the age …

top crops for small farmers

Top 16 Crops for Small Farmers

Small farmers have much to consider when choosing their crops. How much does it cost to plant an acre? How long will the crop produce? Are the labor requirements high or low? Is the crop in high demand or high supply? Is the crop prone to failure with an early or late frost?  Farming requires accepting a certain amount of …

home cured meat

The Modern Rules to Home Meat Curing

Prosciutto, salami, chorizo, pepperoni, bacon, and pastrami are some of the most common types of cured meats. Most people will buy these items in a store or a restaurant, but they do not have to be exclusive to the professionals! Curing meat at home is easier than many people may realize, and it can produce extremely satisfying results. Today, let’s …

hydrocooling for produce

Hydrocooling: The Dos and Don’ts for Your Crops

One of the best ways to maintain market-ready freshness to your fruits and veggies is to have a solid post-harvest cooling system in place. Use the tips below to find out if a hydrocooler might be right for you! What Is Hydrocooling? Hydrocooling is the process of bathing fresh produce in freezing water to remove heat. Methods of cooling fruits …