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There’s nothing like the taste of homemade sauerkraut. This homestead food is packed with gut-healthy flora that boosts your immune and digestive systems. Ferment your own sauerkraut for pennies, using ingredients already in your kitchen.

Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe

Ingredients

● One head red cabbage
● Sea salt (2.5% of the weight of the cabbage)
● Optional: carrots and caraway seeds

Equipment

● Half gallon and half pint mason jars
● Plastic lid with airlock or a fermentation crock
● Food processor
● Kitchen scale

Directions

1. Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage and wash thoroughly.
2. Quarter the cabbage and discard the core. Hint: cabbage off-cuts are great in compost!
3. Use the kitchen scale to weigh your quartered cabbage in grams. Write this number down; it will determine how much salt you use later.
4. Using a food processor grating attachment, shred the cabbage finely. We’ve found that a machine will get you the most uniform cuts for even fermentation.
5. Use the trusty kitchen scale once again to measure your salt. For every 100 grams of cabbage, you need 2.5 grams of salt. It takes a little math, but it’s worth it!
6. In a large bowl, mix the shredded cabbage with the salt. You can add carrots or caraway seeds at this point if you’d like.
7. Mash the mixture with your hands or a potato masher for a good ten minutes. Your goal is to squeeze liquid out of the cabbage, which will be your brine.
8. Move the shredded cabbage mixture to a Mason jar or crock.
9. Add the brine and ensure all of the cabbage is submerged in the liquid. You can top the cabbage with a small Mason jar to ensure it’s completely submerged.
10. Fasten the lid on either your Mason jar or crock. Store the sauerkraut in a dark closet in an area with a temperature of 65 – 80 degrees.
11. After two weeks, start tasting the sauerkraut until the desired taste is achieved. This can take up to one month.
12. Once done, store the sauerkraut in the fridge to stop fermentation.
13. Share and enjoy!

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50 And Over: An Updated Skincare Routine

Losing collagen happens. Which is probably why the skincare industry makes billions of dollars every year on anti-aging creams, serums, and cleansers that promise to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a healthy glow. But these products usually fall short on the results you’re looking for. Instead of paying $20-$100 on a single jar of false promises, try these natural remedies that help you defy the signs of aging!

Eat More Fish

Fish is considered to be a low-fat protein source that does wonderful things for the entire body, including keeping skin looking young. Incorporate fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, into your diet to give your skin a plumper, fresh look. Omega-3 fatty acids also contains antioxidants that get rid of toxins, which makes this the top recommendation for healthier-looking skin.

Banana and Honey Mask

If your skin tends to be on the dry side, mash up a banana and mix it up with honey to create a completely chemical free face mask that will do wonders for you. Bananas contain vitamins A, D, and E that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and provide it with a clean and radiant glow. Honey contains antibacterial properties and humectant, which will lock in moisture and keep your face from becoming dry in unfavorable weather conditions. Apply the mixture to your face and let it soak into your skin for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing.

Good Old-Fashioned Water

If your skin is more dry than normal, consider incorporating more water into your diet. One of the biggest causes of dry skin, other than the weather, is simply that you are dehydrated and need more liquids in your body. Drink the recommended amount of water for your body type each day and soon you will notice healthier looking skin. To enhance the skin healing properties of your water, infuse it with citrus fruits or cucumber slices to get more vitamins into your system.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich and bold, and can be used for more than just cooking! It has been used to moisturize skin for thousands of years and does not leave a greasy residue behind. Olive oil contains good fats and hydroxytyrosol, which fight off the free radicals that damage your skin. Olive oil also contains a healthy dose of vitamin E which provides your skin with beneficial antioxidants. Rub a small amount of olive oil on your face before you go to sleep at night and wake up to a fresh look, radiant glow (and a noticeable reduction in wrinkle definition).

Pineapple and Lemon Juice Rub

Speaking of wrinkles, give your face a nice citrus rinse with a mixture of pineapple juice and lemon juice. Not only will your skin feel clean and fresh, but the acids found in the citrus juice will go to work smoothing out your skin and making it soft. Citrus juices are rich in vitamin C, which is great for good skin health.

Premature aging? Ha! Dry skin? Oh no. Again, don’t break the bank for expensive creams and wrinkle treatments, use ingredients you most likely already have at home. You will be rewarded with a fabulous glow and take years off the clock in no time.


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