Science. All in. Time to make a SCOBY.

What’s a SCOBY?  A SCOBY is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.  Sounds yummy, right?  It’s also what people use to brew kombucha.

What’s kombucha?  It’s this really expensive drink at whole foods.  Ok, ok it’s also a fermented fizzy drink that has lots of probiotics and health benefits.

Why am I writing about this?  Well, I’m attempting to brew some.

I’ve been following Stupid Easy Paleo on Facebook and she posted her kombucha brewing efforts (which look awesome BTW) so I’m going to give it a go.  Balanced Bites also has a really great post on kombucha and I’m going to follow the instructions on Food Renegade to actually make the SCOBY (despite their guidance on the store-bought kombucha reformulation of 2010 – thank A LOT Lindsay Lohan).

So far I have a gallon jar, a dozen 32 oz jars and I just need to pick up one plain kombucha, some organic green tea and sugar.

I fully understand the store bought stuff might not be enough to generate a SCOBY but I’ve got some time and yes, I like science…so stay tuned.  If the experiment fails then I’ll purchase a SCOBY but in the meantime I’ll continue to blow money on my two favorite flavors of kombucha: Gingerade and Strawberry Serenity.

If anyone is brewing kombucha and they want to give me a SCOBY…speak now!!

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25 pounds of meat will fit in my…

…freezer! In my freezer people, c’mon.

Ok, so I’m really excited today b/c I got a package in the mail from Berriedale Farms in Williamsville, Virginia.  Berriedale Farms raises grass-fed and finished Red Poll Cattle which are a breed known for producing quality product (e.g. meat) while grazing on grass only.

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I found Berriedale Farms in the Virginia section of EatWild (a collection of farms that will sell pastured meats and other items online) b/c I was looking for other pastured options other than the Courthouse farmers market.  Berriedale offers several options for delivery but what interested me the most was their Urban Wrangler package which is 25 pounds of grass-fed beef.  You get steak, roasts, stew meat and lots of ground beef!  For $200 + shipping they will wrap it all up and ship it to you via UPS one day delivery within a 5 state area (VA, DC, MD, WV and NC).

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The entire ordering process was quite easy.  I worked with Nelson to figure out what cuts I was most interested in and in the end this is what got delivered: ground beef, bone-in beef blade, short ribs, liver, London broil, eye of round, cube stew, mock tender, filet and some deliciously fatty looking steaks.  mmmmMMMMMMMMM!

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If you do end up ordering, make sure you have enough room in your freezer.  Nelson was kind enough to let me know about how much room to allow.  As you can see, it’s a little tight but it works (even with some veggies, coffee and a bottle of black cherry Effen & Stoli).

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The only thing left for me to do now is thaw a few of these steaks and get grilling.

Thank you to Nelson and Lizzie at Berriedale Farms for giving us more options to buy quality local, pastured/grass-fed meats and allowing us to support local farms!  As consumers, we all have a vote in who we choose to support and I try to support local farms as much as possible.