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    Corned Beef

    It's totally worth making your own corned beef, that way you can control the quality of the meat and the rest of the ingredients. However, it generally takes at least 2-weeks lead time. But the year I did it with a grass fed brisket, everyone proclaimed it the best corned beef they'd ever had--and there were no leftovers.
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    Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts

    Wonderful thread, y'all!
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    Natural Calm is a magnesium supplement that a lot of folks around here tend to use, jmcbn. More thoughts for vozelle: Others don't have great results with it. Personally, I take a magnesium supplement from Biotics Research and sometimes I have to take huge doses (like 15 capsules). Other times I need to back way off. I think it has to do with stress and all kinds of other things that change constantly. Epsom Salt baths work wonders for some people, too. Just keep experimenting.
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    I might try increasing the dose of digestive enzymes and take them with each meal, increase the natural calm and only take it before bed, and increase starchy veggie portion, especially with meal 3. In my experience, it does take time, persistence, and patience. I know it's worrying, but being stressed about it doesn't help matters.
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    You can order it online or find it at a health food store, most likely. There are other magnesium supplements as well. You might want to do some research. The majority of us--even those who eat Whole30 style long term--have a magnesium deficiency. I take a supplement every day. It also looks like you're not eating much, if any, greens. Have you considered adding some to your diet?
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    Have you tried a magnesium supplement beyond the milk of magnesia? Folks around here like Natural Calm (unflavored, only). You could also soak in epsom salts--or drink them or take castor oil if you're really alarmed and feel you need a BM immediately.
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    Affording Whole30 on a Budget

    I love hearing about everyone's experience with this. It has helped me tighten the reins on my food budget, something I wasn't sure could be done without too much sacrifice. But it can! I've been able to reduce spending from $100/week for myself to about half that by relying on whole chickens, eggs, ground meat, and canned fish for protein; limiting fruits; using frozen veggies and greens as well as local root veggies wintered over at the farmers market--and mostly eating coconut oil and homemade ghee for fat. I'm actually enjoying the challenge and simplification.
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    Alternatives to cauliflower rice

    Broccoli works! You could also make zoodles out of zucchini, sweet potato, beets, rutabaga, potato, winter squash, or use a mash of root veggies as a foundational base in lieu of "rice."
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    Are the risks worth it?

    I've done 3+ Whole 30s, most of which extended far beyond 30 days each, and can easily eat anything that I ate before without terrible immediate consequence. But I generally choose not to because I feel so much better eating Whole 30-style. I have been doing so for nearly two years. I have a very hard time believing that continuously feeding yourself the most nourishing possible foods for stretches of time is a bad thing.
  10. Not all hypothyroidism is considered an autoimmune condition. Mine, for example, is the result of head and neck radiation. AIP may not be necessary. I do find that I do so much better--with both energy and weight loss--when I eat plenty of starchy veggies. And there's some evidence that eating more starchy veg later in the day helps adrenal health which is connected to and affected by thyroid. You may also consider avoiding goitrogenic veggies (largely cruciferous), especially those that are raw and fermented. I've gone the route of functional medicine doctor in addition to my endocrinologist for treatment. I'm finally starting to feel better and see progress. Best of luck to you!
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    Affording Whole30 on a Budget

    I budget about $400 a month on food for myself, though I don't always spend quite that much. I do think that starting out requires investment in pantry staples that don't need to be replenished weekly or monthly, so it might not sting quite as much next month. I know there are some good threads and or blog posts on this subject. FWIW, I remind myself that eating this way is an investment in my health and will reduce medical costs and suffering down the road!
  12. I use a linen dish towel and a big ribbon. As for continuous brew, I generally bottle all but a cup or so of the fermented tea before adding fresh sweet tea to the original SCOBY batch. In the summer, it generally only takes about a week for the new batch to then be ready for second ferment. Though I've only ever used the taste test, no ph strips here. And FYI, I've enjoyed green and white tea best. Have fun!
  13. Looks like mold. I'd start over. I guess there's no harm in trying again with the same SCOBY, but if the next batch is moldy too, I'd throw her out.
  14. Well my resurrected fridge-hoteled SCOBY is working great. Also wanted to share that I finally tried adding a bit of strong hibiscus tea to the second ferment in addition to black cherry concentrate and/or pom, and it's resulted in a beautifully fizzy and dry booch. Really lovely! And I'd had trouble making my booch fizzy, which I greatly prefer.
  15. Update: my refrigerated SCOBY has come to life, made some good booch, and given birth to a brand new lovely SCOBY. I'm about to bottle and do a second ferment with pomegranate juice.
  16. Well, that advice, I'm afraid, is a little late for me, Vian. I read conflicting info last year when I chose to do it.
  17. Let us know how it goes! We'll have to compare notes.
  18. I'm thinking about trying out juice for second ferments when the time comes. I always used whole fruit to varying levels of success, and it seems juice leads to better fizz. And me likey fizz. It goes better in the champagne flutes that way!
  19. Hey gang! I've finally decided to get back to brewing. My enormous multiplied scoby has been in her refrigerated hotel for more than a year. Anyone foresee any problems with that? I guess I'll just forge ahead and find out. Any of the original gang still around? Have any fresh new flavors or other discoveries to share? So happy to be back. My GT habit was starting to break the bank again and I just needed a day off to get all my stuff together to make it happen. . . . Also, and I don't know why it only just occurred to me to do this, glassware ho that I am, but booch tastes so much better and feels so fancy and special when sipped from a champagne flute. I may have found the solution to my summer cocktail anxiety, at least at parties!
  20. Carlaccini, I've done this a couple times and what worked for me was to feed the SCOBY a lot of tea to which I'd added more sugar than usual, so it needed more time to ferment. Then I bottled when I got home.
  21. OOh, just cracked open a bottle of ginger-cardamom-apricot. So pretty! So delicious! These both were from my second second ferment attempt. Grating the ginger made a big difference in flavor (I'd just thrown in a hunk of fresh ginger in the first second ferments, and that did little to flavor them.) I need to bottle my third batch today but I'm out of bottles! Will it work for me to use wider mouthed jars, or will that kill all the fizz? Any experience with this?
  22. Just wanted to pop in and say hey, y'all. I have more booch than I know what to do with at the moment. My most winning flavor so far is cucumber mint lemongrass kumquat. Incredibly refreshing, subtle, and not oversweet. I feel so fancy!
  23. I get it now. I am totally obsessed with my own booch. Loving the results of my first bottling. All are nice and fizzy now--I think they just needed another couple days. The only one that's flat is the strawberry vanilla, so I put in a dab of honey and will check it in another day or two. Second bottling/second second ferment just happened and I'm having hella fun with the flavor. Can't even remember what I ended up with, but I used, in varying combos: cherries raspberries limes mint apricots kumquats (!) (my favorite!) cucumbers cardamom vanilla bean lemongrass ginger lemon I shall report back when I taste them. OMG is this fun or what? Not even kidding this is better than boozy cocktails. I'm realizing that's the part I love--the experimentation--not the booze, necessarily. Question: how big can you make the first ferment batch? I've got my original SCOBY and my baby in a 3-gallon jar but still keep putting in 8 cups sweet tea. I could fit nearly double that in there. any reason why I shouldn't? Would it just take longer? Thanks, experts! Oh, and thanks, Susan, for the beef jerky instructions. I went out and bought a London Broil yesterday and made my first batch of jerky in my electric oven. SO easy and delicious. Best jerky I've ever had. Ain't no thing! Merci.
  24. Hey, y'all. Sorry I've been silent on this thread. It's hard to keep up with all the activity! Update: my homegrown SCOBY utterly failed. Guess I started with a bad bottle of GT. So I ordered one online and it's been going like gangbusters! I did my first bottling and second ferments over the weekend and drank my first bottle yesterday: strawberry vanilla lime. Mighty tasty but none too fizzy. It seems the sugar is the thing for fizz, right? Should I add a bit of sugar or honey to the second ferment or add more sugar to the first? Or bottle the second ferment sooner? Any of the above? Today I'll drink a blueberry ginger. Next bottling I'm trying apricot cardamom and cherry lime. We'll see what else I can come up with. I'm excited to taste my raspberry mint lime one, too. These suckers, especially once I figure out the fizz sitch, are better than cocktails!