How to Have a Happily Fermented Family

(There probably was a better blog title out there somehow, but this is the one The Equuschick likes.)

To Get Your Small Children to Take Kefir– Depending on how strong your kefir is or how brave your children are, you may not have much trouble. The Ladybug was always fond of it in fresh fruit smoothies, and she never really objected strongly to taking it straight either. The Dread Pirate Grasshopper has been kefir-resistant from day one. The Equuschick (as is always the case with the DPG) went through a variety of strategies, such as different kinds of fruit smoothies and different kinds of flavoring, before she finally came to terms with the fact that he was never going to like it and only the head-on method would work. So she simply presented him with a medicinal eye-dropper and said, “Dude, take it.” This may not work with your children and she wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to others, it is simply what worked for him. He never had to take more than a strictly medicinal amount but once he accepted that he would have to take that much, no matter what, he simply did it. Straight up like a man, and it was easier than trying to trick or wheedle him him into liking something that he knew for a fact he did not like, thank-you very much.

And now things are even easier, because The Equuschick found a cheap supply of raw honey and now the arrangement is a complete win-win for everyone. Take your cup of kefir, get your spoonful ofY.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey – 22 oz . Ta da.

To Get Your Small Children to Eat Their Feremented Vegetables– Let your children help make them. It gets messy and chaotic, but life is about the process and not the destination. Both the Ladybug and the DPG love to help tear up the cabbage and pour in the whey, and then watch the jars with eager interest for the next three days. The DPG gets especially excited when they start to bubble. Neither of them were fond of the flavor at first, but whatever fears children harbor about their mother’s cooking they are always much more eager to try their own. So they kept nibbling at it, and now the DPG will sit himself down with a fork and a jar and help himself. (The Equuuschick used the basic recipes from Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats at first, they were the simplest.)

To Get Your Husband to Like Kombucha– Feed him kefir first. For months. And then suddenly introduce him to a tall iced glass of kombucha with sliced strawberries. (The Equuschick keeps wanting to stick a little toothpick with a parasol on it on top.) He will think he has died and gone to heaven.

Seriously though, the kombucha has been the easiest sell in The Equschick’s household. Shasta knows now how to prep it and make it himself and the littles love helping, because what 4 year old boy wouldn’t love to handle something so disgusting looking as a Scoby? The Dread Pirate Grasshopper says it looks like a jellyfish.

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