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So, I came to this late and my 5year old is a pretty picky eater.<br>
Since he's not been raised on lacto-fermented products, he's pretty<br>
much refusing them. He loves raw milk, raw cheese, and has tasted non-<br>
raw but non-sweetened kefir (I'm attempting my first raw batch now).<br>
He doesn't like the raw cottage cheese from our Amish co-op and doesn't like<br>
my raw cream cheese or lemon cheese. I'm about to start fermenting my<br>
own veggies, but the ones from the co-op have been a bust.<br><br>
So------how can I get him (and my 2yo daughter) to embrace our new<br>
food? My daughter is less finicky, but she's also still nursing and<br>
has less of an experience with the processed stuff from the grocery<br>
store, so I'm less concerned with her at the moment.<br><br>
Any tried and true ideas?
 

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No real help for you, just comiserating. I can't get my kids to eat anything fermented. They don't like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir... They do really well with most of the other TF foods but I'm having no luck with the ferments. I can't blame them, I only like sauerkraut. I haven't been able to force myslef to like other fermented stuff. They did like juice kefir that I made but it tasted so alcoholic that I stopped making it. They were guzzling it like crazy and every time I tried it I felt slightly drunk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I try to just concentrate my kids on lots of fruits and veggies, as much meat and fat as I can get in them and whatever raw milk they'll drink. I figure it's still way better than what most people eat. Oh, they will also drink homemade eggnog so I can get some raw egg yolks in them that way. We just do the best we can from day to day and try to keep offering things as their tastes change.<br>
Sorry I don't have any brilliant ideas for you!
 

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We haven't had a lot of luck with ferments here, either, but we have had some. And ds will always try them, so that's good. He does like pickles! So those are his ferment. We like cortido, so that's usually our ferment. Ds also likes water kefir, when I'm able to stay on top of it. To avoid the alcohol problem (that's too funny!) and too much sugar (he has diabetes), I make sure he only has freshly brewed, and I don't use so much fruit/juice, just a little bit.<br><br>
As for other TF foods, I'm not much help, since we don't eat "typical" TF. No dairy and grains. Oh, with broth, I just add it to anything I can think of. Any stew-type dinner. I make gravy sometimes, which ds has just now started liking. And that's just thickened broth (with a few seasonings added sometimes).
 

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Bensmommy,<br>
Sounds to me like you are doing great - the kefir is fabulous for the gut, and the raw milk has a lot of enzymes for digestion, too.<br>
My general thought with kids is just keep offering - maybe one day they will surprise you!! With my older son, the rule is that he must try one bite - but my younger son has texture issues (he is a puker) so I normally choose my battles. The other day I was eating Bubbie's sauerkraut and he asked what it was, and took a microscopic bite and swallowed (without throwing up!!) - so I say little baby steps.<br>
My girlfriends always remind me that we are benefitting from all the veggies those cows are eating also.<br>
Sorry I know I have nothing earth shattering, but when I look around at non-TF moms and what their kids are eating, I feel PRETTY GOOD!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Another thought is - what if you slip them some whey (or juice from a ferment) - I bet this would be beneficial - maybe someone can verify this?.?.?.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I don't want to be a killjoy... but in case you didn't know, Bubbies saurkraut is pasteurized. Their pickles aren't, but because of pressure and leaking, they pasteurize the saurkraut before putting it in the jars. Sorry!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bensmommy,<br>
Sounds to me like you are doing great - the kefir is fabulous for the gut, and the raw milk has a lot of enzymes for digestion, too.<br>
My general thought with kids is just keep offering - maybe one day they will surprise you!! With my older son, the rule is that he must try one bite - but my younger son has texture issues (he is a puker) so I normally choose my battles. The other day I was eating Bubbie's sauerkraut and he asked what it was, and took a microscopic bite and swallowed (without throwing up!!) - so I say little baby steps.<br>
My girlfriends always remind me that we are benefitting from all the veggies those cows are eating also.<br>
Sorry I know I have nothing earth shattering, but when I look around at non-TF moms and what their kids are eating, I feel PRETTY GOOD!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Another thought is - what if you slip them some whey (or juice from a ferment) - I bet this would be beneficial - maybe someone can verify this?.?.?.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"></div>
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Are you sure?<br><br>
I make carrots with the juice from Bubbies and they always come out fine-<br><br>
I don't add whey, and they last for ages.<br><br>
It's always in the refrigerated section as well-<br><br><br>
from their site-
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Old Fashioned Sauerkraut is made with only cabbage, water and salt. Fermented and cured <b>with all natural enzymes intact</b>, our sauerkraut has none of the harshness associated with vinegar products.</td>
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Doesn't pasteurization kill enzymes?
 

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The Bubbies sauerkraut that is packed in jars is heated to a low temperature (I think 140?)<br><br>
We used to get bulk Bubbies from Rainbow Grocery in SF, but I don't think it is available in bulk anywhere else. In bulk (packed in a big plastic bucket) it's raw.
 

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Wow - I never knew this about Bubbies - thanks for the info...<br>
Little Baby Steps!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce">
 
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