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Them That’s Doin’: Forays into Fermentation

Check out what MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors and readers have been enjoying lately. In this edition, editors are using kits to brew kombucha, playing garden-themed games, and gaining traction on ice.

| December 2019/January 2020

Photo by Haley Casey

Kombucha Kit

I got the opportunity to take fermentation into my own hands and try the Kombucha Starter Kit from Northern Brewer. I was worried about keeping a SCOBY alive through a constant brewing process, but I couldn’t have been more surprised by how simple brewing turned out to be. This kit comes with instructions that are clear enough for any beginner to follow. My first batch was a success! Making my own kombucha means I also get to experiment with unique flavors, from strawberry-basil made with my own garden ingredients, to ginger-orange, rosemary-grapefruit, and lemonade. —Haley Casey, editor

Photo by Rebecca Martin

Slip-Proof Grips

Too many of my friends and family members have slipped on ice and suffered broken bones, and the older I get, the more anxious I get that the same thing will happen to me. So, last winter, I invested in the Yaktrax Pro Ice Grips. I’d long heard of these traction cleats’ excellent reputation. But, still, I was tentative about walking in them. No fear: The lightweight steel coils really dig into snow and ice. The Pro’s rubber bands can be tricky to pull over footwear, but this can be avoided by leaving them strapped to your outdoor boots all winter. —Rebecca Martin, editor

Photo by Kevin Russ

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