This site uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience. Learn more

Sign up or log in to follow your favorite podcasts and listen to episodes!

Cultured Food Life

Donna Schwenk
157 episodes
Discover how to make and serve delicious probiotic foods and improve your overall health with Donna Schwenk. In her weekly radio show "Cultured Food Life" (new episodes every Tuesday), Donna will de-mystify different probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables, and share how to add these foods into your diet. As a teacher and writer, Donna works with thousands of people to open the door to a world of foods that can help improve an array of health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, and IBS. In her down-to-earth and informative style, Donna will walk you through the basic preparation techniques and teach you how to make these delicious probiotic recipes at home. You can find out all about Donna on her web site https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

Episode 156: Frequently Asked Questions About Kombucha

Watching tea turn into kombucha is quite a thing to behold. You give it the ingredients and let it work its magic. Billions of microbes and yeasts transform the tea into a bubbly probiotic tea that you will love. When you first start making kombucha you might be concerned and not know what to expec…

Episode 155: Your Immune System and Seasonal Allergies

The process of healing from seasonal allergies was a long process for me because there was much to learn and I continue to do so. Food is powerful medicine and learning to harness its power is really important and especially if you're struggling with allergies of any kind. Knowledge is key and ther…

Episode 154: Frequently Asked Questions About Milk Kefir

Kefir is my favorite cultured food. It has the most probiotic strains of any cultured food (over 50 strains) and is also super easy to make. It was the first cultured food I tried and it made me well in so many ways that I started on a journey to learn all I could about this magical food. Kefir is …

Episode 153: 19 Healing Cultured Carrots Recipes

I think carrots are something special and that we should include them in our diets as much as possible. I love the flavor of fresh carrots. Nothing shouts, "Get back to your roots!" quite like carrots. I have many recipes with cultured carrots and a carrot kombucha recipe which is pretty spectacula…

Episode 152: Fermented Foods Can Help With Constipation and Diarrhea

Nobody really wants to talk about constipation and diarrhea, but it's something everybody deals with at some time in their life. I've had so many people find help with these ailments that despite most people not wanting to talk about elimination, it's something that can be your best teacher if you …

Episode 151: My Favorite Cultured Foods

Almost two decades ago I had a revelation. No longer could I rely on any individual to solve all my health problems even if it was a medical professional. Although I have a lot of respect for what they do, I realized that they are very limited since they only get two weeks of nutrition in medical s…

Episode 150: Jun Kombucha, Is It Kombucha Made With Honey?

Jun is a cultured food similar to kombucha but supposedly its own separate thing. It is brewed with a SCOBY culture that is light in color and is made using green tea and honey. It ferments for a few days less than kombucha and has a wonderfully tangy floral taste that is lighter than traditional k…

Episode 149: My Favorite Cultured Vegetable Recipe

I want to share with you my favorite cultured vegetable recipe and how it came to be. It's been quite a journey and I love all the things I learned from making cultured foods. Tune in, listen, and get the recipe too! Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-149-my-favorit…

Episode 148: Are You Getting Enough of This Powerful Protein?

I have used bone broths and collagen as a form of natural healing in my life and in the lives of my family members. The older I get, the more I find how essential these foods are to my body. I first noticed how crucial it is to consume these foods about eighteen years ago when my daughter had IBS. …

Episode 147: Eating Cultured Foods For 20 Years

Sometimes you have to fight through some bad days to find the best days of your life. As a young woman, I always had a sense of urgency but never knew what it was. When several crises hit I had to change and started looking for answers. The truth is all of us are going through a change. Maybe we're…

Episode 146: Do Cultured Veggies Need a Starter?

No, you do not need a starter culture to make cultured veggies. However, by using a starter you will receive more probiotics and a lot of other benefits. Let me explain your options and you can better choose which is the best method for you. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podca…

Episode 145: Why You Should Eat Slow Fermented Sourdough Bread

I've been making sourdough bread for almost 18 years and it is one of my very favorite cultured foods to make. Our baking traditions have changed down through the last few centuries. Sourdough starters used to be the standard mode for rising bread, but today so many don't use these anymore but rath…

Episode 144: Gain Wisdom From Your Kraut

For many years people thought I was crazy for eating and making these cultured foods. I didn't care, for I had gone from hoping they would work, to believing, and then to a strong knowing that they would work. Nothing in the whole wide world could now convince me that these foods aren't powerful me…

Episode 143: Why and How You Should Soak Your Beans, Nuts, Seeds, and Grains

More and more people are eating raw and unprocessed whole foods which is a good thing - unless they're loaded with enzyme inhibitors and phytates. From what I've seen, these can cause quite a disturbance in the body. There are special things you can do to allow more nutrient absorption and also rem…

Episode 142: What are Cultured Foods?

Fermentation or "culturing" is a special process of food preservation that has been around since the beginning of time. As humans learned the importance of this natural process, it helped them to keep foods safe in a powerful way - even before refrigeration was invented. It can help you in powerful…

Episode 141: H. Pylori and Fermented Foods

Many gastrointestinal diseases are caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. H. pylori can cause gastric inflammation which may lead to gastritis, ulcers, and even gastric cancer. But here is the good news! Many traditional fermented foods and beverages that contain probiotic microbes ca…

Episode 140: The Many Reasons You Should Love Miso

When people think of miso, they mostly think of miso soup, but it is so much more. It has an incredible microbial makeup and is a nutritional powerhouse and is so simple to use. It has things that will help you stay healthy and I have lots of fun and easy ways to use miso. Check out this podcast to…

Episode 139: You Are The One Thing In Life You Can Control

As 2020 comes to an end, it has been a year of strong emotions and circumstances. I'm surprised to say that I've lived a long time (60 years) and now have some life experience that really serves me in times of uncertainty and when things feel fearful. The world can fall into chaos, but it doesn’t m…

Episode 138: Why Sprouted Flour is Better Than Regular Flour

I have found that most people’s bodies struggle to digest grains. Yet these same bodies flourish with grains that have been sprouted or are made with a sourdough culture. Check out today's podcast to learn how to make delicious baked goods with sprouted flour. Episode link: https://www.culture…

Episode 137: I Was Lost... Until I Did This

"How do I apply all this cultured food stuff to my life? Where and how do I get started?” This is something that I hear quite often. People want to change their lives and feel better but don’t know where to start. What makes people change their lives while others stay stuck in old patterns that don…

Episode 136: IBD - Crohn's, Ulcers, and Fermented Foods

I've seen cultured vegetables, kombucha, and kefir help with so many gastrointestinal disorders, and I've even witnessed firsthand my son healing from an ulcer that was causing him severe pain every time he ate. Check out the episode to learn more. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.co…

Episode 135: Your Body Was Designed To Heal You

There are unseen workings of the world of cells that reside within us. Things that we take for granted because we don't understand how it all works. Our trillions of cells govern themselves and create the bodies that we have and also fight on our behalf to keep us well. Learn more about our miracul…

Episode 134: Preserving Gut Health As You Age

Aspects of our physical health change naturally with age, but poor diet, reduced digestive enzymes, and unbalanced gastrointestinal flora can wreak havoc on both our digestive and immune systems. Here are things you can do to help your struggling gut and bring peace to your life again. Episode li…

Episode 133: Grow Your Own Probiotics

Making your own probiotics is one the best ways to change your health. Buying probiotic supplements are expensive and are often trapped in the acids of the stomach, and the probiotics are killed before the body ever gets a chance to use them. Consuming probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, and c…

Episode 132: Second Ferment Your Kefir – Your Taste Buds Will Thank You

Many years ago I discovered a way to make kefir not only taste better but also increase the nutrients in it. It is the only way that I make my kefir now because it is so delicious. The process is called "second fermenting." I have to admit that the reason I second fermented my kefir is that it tast…

Episode 131: Did Kombucha Heal My Husband's Eyes?

My husband is used to my crazy new ideas and has become accustomed to my enthusiasm for whatever happens to be my latest discovery. He goes along for the ride but never jumps in with both feet until coaxed. Kombucha was the first food he really grasped on to, and here is why. Episode link: htt…

Episode 130: Do Fermented Vegetables Help with COVID-19?

Exciting research has found that consuming probiotic fermented cabbage makes it much more difficult for the COVID-19 virus to enter the body due to special properties. Check out this week's podcast to hear more. Episode link: https://www.culturedfoodlife.com/podcast/episode-130-do-fermented-ve…

Episode 129: How To Make Cultured Vegetables In The Summertime

There is no better time to make cultured veggies than in the summertime! The fruits and veggies are abundant and when you ferment them they'll last nine months in your fridge! Fermentation is a no-sweat endeavor. It's so much easier than canning and you'll get probiotics, enzymes, and increased vit…

Episode 128: How To Make Kombucha in The Summertime

Kombucha is a must-have in the summertime! When the body is exposed to excessive heat, the liver can become stressed and kombucha can help! Drinking kombucha can keep you cool and hydrated in the summertime. Check out my 7 tips for making summer kombucha. Episode link: https://www.culturedfood…

Episode 127: How To Make Kefir In The Summertime

Kefir is a living food that tends to have a mind of its own. It ferments differently in the winter than it does in the summer. On this podcast, I'm sharing tips and links to help you make great summer kefir. It's important to keep drinking kefir and especially in the summertime! Episode link: …