At 9am the city water guys came to the door to tell me they’d be turning my water off at 9:45 for 2 – 3 hours, so I jumped in the shower & got cleaned up. Then I realized I needed to hoard some water for my tea!! I filled every available jar, pitcher, measuring cup, etc. I also quickly washed the dished that were basking in the sink. And I filled a couple of buckets in the bathroom so the toilet could be flushed.

I haven’t really drank much tea so far today, as my guts are still a little out of sink from being sick. I tried Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange, but it quickly became clear that THAT wasn’t going to work out (way too acidic, I don’t even like it on a good day). Down the drain.
I liquidated 2 apples in my vitamix…that was good.
I liquidated a carrot in my vitamix…also good.
I ate 1/2 an avocado & took a few sips of cultured kraut juice to get some healthy bacteria into my guts.
I think I deserve some tea now.
This tea is mild, which is not necessarily what I want, but it is what I need. There is a very small hint of maltiness & roses, & a citrus brightness as well.
They never did turn off the water…so far…

Butiki Teas

Oooh, you have a Vitamix too. Isn’t it like the most amazing thing ever? I love mine. That’s so cool that you cultured kraut. I just started 3 cultures yesterday. I did a carrot/cumin/ginger combo, an apple/cinnamon, and a cauliflower/cayenne/cumin/turmeric combo. Sauerkraut is on my list next.

Terri HarpLady

Stacy, I have every appliance you could ever want: Vitamix, Champion juicer, excaliber dehydrator, and the list goes on. I’m a fan of slow foods, so I make all kinds of cultured veggies & live off them sometimes. My latest kraut, ‘dilled coleslaw kraut’ just went in the frig today (after a month on the counter) & it is awesome. I’m thinking my next projects will be gingered carrots, some kind of daikon pickle (I still have daikon from this year’s garden), & I want to do a kraut that is more south american style I think…with cilantro, cumin & I’m not sure what else yet…

Butiki Teas

Sounds like we both have some stocked kitchens. I have a rincon dehydrator and a breville juicer. I love my juicer but I would like to get a masticating juicer at some point but they are crazy expensive. Sounds like you have some awesome projects lined up.

Terri HarpLady

your cauliflower project sounds intriguing!

Butiki Teas

Thanks, I can’t wait to taste it (in 45ish days). Hahaha. I love your idea for a South American kraut. I bet that would be delicious.

Terri HarpLady

Questions:
How long do you let the apple cinnamon culture for?
Does it get alcoholic?
I did one with apples, cabbage, cinnamon stick, ginger, cranberries, & OJ (& maybe some other stuff, LOL). I’m still not sure how I feel about it…

On the juicer topic, although I’ve had the champion forever (literally), most of the time I just throw things in the vitamix. It’s SO much easier, & I get to drink whole carrot (or whatever I’m juicing).

Terri HarpLady

I’m still not totally sure what I’ll put in the S.Am. Kraut…green cabbage, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin seed, chilis, I have a key lime tree in my sunroom that’s loaded, so I may slice a few of those really thin & toss them in there…

Butiki Teas

The apple cinnamon I’m fermenting is 1-2 weeks out of fridge (depending on when bubbles stop), 1 week in fridge. Nope, shouldn’t be alcoholic. I’m using a 2% salinity for these guys. That apples combo sounds interesting. Was it sour?

I wish I could always use the vitamix it is sooo easy to clean but unfortunately the hubby doesn’t like the texture. I’m getting close to doing my winter 2 week raw thing that I do, so I imagine I will be making lots of green smoothies.

Wow, it sounds like the SA kraut is going to be killer. Mmmm, I bet chillies would be good. My friend made something similar-ish and brought it to our fermenting party (ok, so its not a party but some girls getting together fermenting stuff and drinking wine) last night. It was a latin kimchi as she called it but had some similar ingredients and a chilli pepper which really was fantastic.

Terri HarpLady

I used to be a raw vegan, & practically lived on green smoothies & cultured veggies, LOL.

The cranberry stuff is interesting…pretty intense really, the first bite is always a little off-putting for me, as the berries give it a little bit of a wine aroma, but once I chew it a few times that goes away & I taste the ginger & cinnamon. If I did it again, I’d age it for less time. I had planned on a week, & tasted it then & it was interesting, but then I got sidetracked & “oops” 5 more days had gone by. It is fairly sour. I’d probably add more apple too. I’m not really sure that I’ll make it again though.

We should start our own FB “Cultures are us” page!

Butiki Teas

I’ve done raw for a month but after that I crave warm food. Though I usually will do partial raw for much longer after my initial full on raw cleanse.

The cranberry stuff certainly sounds intriguing.

Hahaha Cultures R Us. I love it. I would definitely join that.

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Butiki Teas

Oooh, you have a Vitamix too. Isn’t it like the most amazing thing ever? I love mine. That’s so cool that you cultured kraut. I just started 3 cultures yesterday. I did a carrot/cumin/ginger combo, an apple/cinnamon, and a cauliflower/cayenne/cumin/turmeric combo. Sauerkraut is on my list next.

Terri HarpLady

Stacy, I have every appliance you could ever want: Vitamix, Champion juicer, excaliber dehydrator, and the list goes on. I’m a fan of slow foods, so I make all kinds of cultured veggies & live off them sometimes. My latest kraut, ‘dilled coleslaw kraut’ just went in the frig today (after a month on the counter) & it is awesome. I’m thinking my next projects will be gingered carrots, some kind of daikon pickle (I still have daikon from this year’s garden), & I want to do a kraut that is more south american style I think…with cilantro, cumin & I’m not sure what else yet…

Butiki Teas

Sounds like we both have some stocked kitchens. I have a rincon dehydrator and a breville juicer. I love my juicer but I would like to get a masticating juicer at some point but they are crazy expensive. Sounds like you have some awesome projects lined up.

Terri HarpLady

your cauliflower project sounds intriguing!

Butiki Teas

Thanks, I can’t wait to taste it (in 45ish days). Hahaha. I love your idea for a South American kraut. I bet that would be delicious.

Terri HarpLady

Questions:
How long do you let the apple cinnamon culture for?
Does it get alcoholic?
I did one with apples, cabbage, cinnamon stick, ginger, cranberries, & OJ (& maybe some other stuff, LOL). I’m still not sure how I feel about it…

On the juicer topic, although I’ve had the champion forever (literally), most of the time I just throw things in the vitamix. It’s SO much easier, & I get to drink whole carrot (or whatever I’m juicing).

Terri HarpLady

I’m still not totally sure what I’ll put in the S.Am. Kraut…green cabbage, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin seed, chilis, I have a key lime tree in my sunroom that’s loaded, so I may slice a few of those really thin & toss them in there…

Butiki Teas

The apple cinnamon I’m fermenting is 1-2 weeks out of fridge (depending on when bubbles stop), 1 week in fridge. Nope, shouldn’t be alcoholic. I’m using a 2% salinity for these guys. That apples combo sounds interesting. Was it sour?

I wish I could always use the vitamix it is sooo easy to clean but unfortunately the hubby doesn’t like the texture. I’m getting close to doing my winter 2 week raw thing that I do, so I imagine I will be making lots of green smoothies.

Wow, it sounds like the SA kraut is going to be killer. Mmmm, I bet chillies would be good. My friend made something similar-ish and brought it to our fermenting party (ok, so its not a party but some girls getting together fermenting stuff and drinking wine) last night. It was a latin kimchi as she called it but had some similar ingredients and a chilli pepper which really was fantastic.

Terri HarpLady

I used to be a raw vegan, & practically lived on green smoothies & cultured veggies, LOL.

The cranberry stuff is interesting…pretty intense really, the first bite is always a little off-putting for me, as the berries give it a little bit of a wine aroma, but once I chew it a few times that goes away & I taste the ginger & cinnamon. If I did it again, I’d age it for less time. I had planned on a week, & tasted it then & it was interesting, but then I got sidetracked & “oops” 5 more days had gone by. It is fairly sour. I’d probably add more apple too. I’m not really sure that I’ll make it again though.

We should start our own FB “Cultures are us” page!

Butiki Teas

I’ve done raw for a month but after that I crave warm food. Though I usually will do partial raw for much longer after my initial full on raw cleanse.

The cranberry stuff certainly sounds intriguing.

Hahaha Cultures R Us. I love it. I would definitely join that.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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