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How to Make Herbal Beer: A Spring Bitters Tonic Ale Recipe--Well Balanced, Healthy, Delicious

My husband loves beer! I'm just barely starting to learn an appreciation for beer and ale, but I love the fact that we can make our own, and it's MUCH better than commercially made beer! Plus, when we use herbs to make it, the beer contains the health benefits from all the plant goodness!  This recipe below is for what I am calling "Spring Bitters."  This herbal ale turned out very well-balanced, and my husband has pronounced that it is the best one yet!  

Golden Beet & Turmeric Kvass---A Fermenting Success! How to Make Golden Beet Kvass!

When I was at the organic market the other day, I just couldn't resist these beautiful golden beets.  I grow bright red/purple beets, and when I need beets from the store, I generally turn to these typically colored beets.  But on this day, I decided to opt for the lovely golden beets!  The color of the flesh reminded me of the color of Turmeric, an incredible medicinal herb that helps with all kinds of ailments, and especially inflammation in the body.  

So.....I decided to try making some Golden Beet Kvass with Turmeric!  YUM!!!  Here is how I made Golden Beet Kvass and how it turned out with the addition of Turmeric.

How to Make Fermented Cranberries!

Have you ever cleaned out your freezer and found things in there that you should really just use already?  I found a bag of frozen fresh cranberries hiding out in my freezer, and I decided I'd just go ahead and ferment them!  The reason I decided to ferment my old cranberries is because 1) it's not Thanksgiving or Fall, and I just didn't feel like a cranberry sauce deal; and 2) I just wanted to see how it would go! Plus, fermented foods are GREAT for your gut!  So here's how I fermented my cranberries and also how I used these fermented beauties.  

How to Ferment Lemons---Plus Variations!

I have become addicted to fermenting foods--ALL the foods! So when I was gifted with about a million lemons about a month ago, I had to find some great ways to use them!  Of course, I turned to fermentation, which is a way to preserve your food so it lasts longer while (magic of all magics)---supplies probiotic goodness to your body!  I'm a fan of fermentation because you have two great things going on at the same time: preservation AND raw health benefits and probiotics in your food to serve your body. Here's how to ferment lemons!

Chamomile Ale (Beer) Recipe---Create Your Own Herbal Home Brew!

Ales (beer) have been around for literally thousands of years, and most of these ancient recipes called for using herbs.  In this manner, they became "healing" in nature.  Since they are also a fermented drink, they are good for you in terms of gut health too.  My Chamomile Ale was inspired by a recipe from the book by Harold Buhner's book, Sacred Herbal Healing Beers.  This recipe is several hundred years old and involves using Chamomile.  Chamomile is a relaxant, is great for helping with anxiety and soothing nerves.  It also helps solve sleep issues and is calming in the evening.  It's a delicious little herb, too, with a honey-like sweetness.  Here's how to make Chamomile Ale!

Survival Food to Forage: Lambsquarters

What IS that plant???  All last summer, I had this plant I thought was probably just a "weed" growing crazily in my yard! I was ready to rip them all out, but I decided to wait.  Happily, I discovered that although considered a "weed," Lambsquarters is actually an edible plant that is more nutritious than spinach! Here is how to identify Lambsquarters and how to use it too! 

How to Infuse Honey with Lemon---and Why It's Great for You!

You've probably heard how good it is for your body and health to drink a cup of water with honey and lemon every day?  Well, after being given bags of beautiful fresh lemons, I thought I'd go ahead and make some lemon infused honey!  Not only is this honey absolutely delicious, you can use it for so much!  It's great for soothing sore throats and coughs, you can sweeten your herbal tea with it, use it on toast or as a topping....or just take a spoonful because it's just SO good!  And of course, you can use it in your lemon-honey water! :-)  Here's how to infuse your honey with delicious, great for you lemons!

How to Make Delicious Lemon Curd

I was gifted recently with LOTS of lemons!  The real ones, by the way---not the metaphorical lemons, thank goodness!  Bags of them!  Fresh, beautiful, sweet-smelling lemons! When I received all these lemons, I immediately began thinking about what to do with them! I have always wanted to try making lemon curd, and I found one of my mom's old recipes.  I adapted it quite a bit because I didn't have all the right ingredients (like caster sugar?).  The ingredients I used are those that most everyone has on hand, and it turned out SO delicious anyway!  Here is how I made lemon curd---which is kind of like a buttery lemon pudding! 

How to Make Herbal Beer (Ale), Part One

My husband (Mr. HHH) and I started our home brewing journey a few years ago using the pre-made kits from the local home brew store because we didn't know what we were doing, quite frankly.  Then I read Stephen Harrod Buhner's book, Sacred & Herbal Healing Beers, and became entranced with making herbal beers.  So, when the "Craft of Herbal Fermentation" course over at the New England Academy of Herbal Medicine opened up, I applied as a blogger for the course and I was SO thankful to be accepted!  Today, I just finished Unit One of the course, and guess what?!  It's all about using herbs to brew ales and beer.  What a delight!

How to Brew Herbal Beer...My Mountain Man Beer Recipe

We began learning about the home brew process about two years ago, and after a few successful attempts at your typical brews, we began venturing into the world of herbal beers.  This recipe is the first one we ever tried, and to this day remains in our top ten list!  It's made with plants from our area in the Mojave Desert.  However, you can use herbs from your area just as easily!  Actually, most of the plants used grow throughout the U.S.  Spread your wings, and break into herbal beer brewing!  Good for you and delicious too!  Catch a buzz while getting healthy!

How to Make Delicious Fermented Jalapeño Pepper Rings

I just love spice! The hotter the better, in fact!  I also can't stand waste.  I recently was gifted a huge bag of jalapeno peppers, and I couldn't possibly use them all before they spoiled.  Fermenting for food preservation is a healthy, quick, and workable way to extend the life of your foods---especially when you have too much to use right away!  Find out how to make these fermented probiotic-rich jalapeno pepper rings.  They are delicious to eat by themselves, as a tangy, spicy topping, or use them to add a little kick in all kinds of recipes!

Making and Using Nettle Powder for Nutrition and Health...And How to Sneak It Into Your Family's Food!

When I first heard the term, "Stinging Nettle" many years ago, I thought, "Egads!  Who would want to pick and eat that stuff?"  It's true that this plant can cause some pretty severe reactions because of its "stings," but the health benefits are absolutely amazing.  Well worth the price, I'd say.  Nettle is full of nutrition!  It is full of the entire spectrum of vitamins and minerals we need.  In fact, it has so much calcium that it is an excellent remedy for growing pains in children!  Nettle affects many other health issues, including but not limited to: gout, skin eruptions, detoxifying the body by strengthening the liver and kidneys, bone health, joint health, hay fever, anemia...and more! Nettle is definitely an all around champion herb when it comes to it's use as a tonic as well as use for acute issues.  Make your own Nettle powder for health and life! 

Easy Seeded Whole Wheat Bread

Here's how to make the best, easiest bread you will love!  I've been struggling with baking bread for a long time.  I actually just gave up for about 30 years! No kidding!  When my kids were young, I tried...but it was just too much work.  And frankly, to have bread not turn out after all that time is disheartening to say the least.  BUT!  I happened upon a great recipe from the Minimalist Baker and it inspired me to create a recipe that works for us!  I tell you, I love this recipe and I am so grateful to Minimalist Baker--all her recipes look fabulous!  Here is my take on her recipe: