Fossil Fuels & Our Sustainability Mission

Remember when the milk man used to deliver fresh milk to our doorsteps, every morning?

Neither do I!  However, for one of my good friends, delivering milk was her father’s first job —  put out of business by the cheap and plentiful oil (and gas) of the 1960’s and early 70’s.  

It’s hard to believe —  now that gas prices have retreated from the highs of a few years ago — that we are actually living in a time of increasing oil and gas scarcity.  The true price of oil and gas has been covered up by another recent invention —  savings accounts that don’t pay anything to savers.  Back when banks had to pay us for the use of our money, investors couldn’t afford to put money into gas exploration that spills more money than carbon!   To read more on the topic, please read this excellent summary

Returning to Tibibev Inc., we try hard to learn from the past.  One of the practices, back when gas was expensive and rare, was simple —  food got delivered!   

Imagine a village, with the C–, F–, P–, R– and W– families.   Rather than each of them making a separate trip to pick up grain bowls, hot soup, vegetable blends and tibicos drink, the delivery van makes one trip, bringing exactly what is needed to each family, for a fraction of the miles driven!   We have been following this model since October 2018; and a tremendous amount of credit for Raw tibicos / Tibibev / Fizz Kitchen Delivery’s ability to spare the planet goes to you, our customers, for working with us on the timing of your deliveries, and buying bulk!  Your delivery choices have been saving huge amounts of gas miles!  I could say, “thank you for making us look good”, but honestly, the credit, and good looks, belong to you.

Currently, Tuesday is known as the day we deliver to Welland, Monday and Wednesday in St Catharines, and Fridays in Niagara-on-the-Lake.   We have more vans on the road, so please do save some gas miles, and call to set up regular delivery service to your community!

Thank you, again, for helping our air!

Tibibev Inc.

Growler Returns Support Bees!

Now, for every growler returned to our facility, or to our vans, we donate $.50 toward Ontario Beekeepers Association’s bee protection and advocacy fund! Together, we are making a difference!

This growler has been around three times, raising $1.50 for Ontario’s bees, just this one bottle! All bottles are washed and sterilized, before reuse. This survivor is shown with our latest thank you — a thank you to every one who returned bottles — !!

Familiar With the Quest to Alkalinize the Human Body?

Please notice how may of these alkalizing foods are used in bulk in our soups!  Plus, we never use flour to bulk out the soup, or sugar, or caffeine to add flavour . . .

Mildly Alkaline:

Almond Milk Distilled Water / Artichokes Asparagus Brussels Srpouts Cauliflower Comfrey Kohlrabi / Lamb’s Lettuce Leeks / New Baby / Potatoes Peas / Pumpkin / Onion / Rutabaga / Swede
Squash (Butternut, Summer, etc.) Watercress / White Cabbage/ Coconut Grapefruit Pomegranate / Almonds Fennel Seeds Lentils / Tofu / Sesame Seeds / Herbs & Spices / Avocado Oil Olive Oil Coconut / Oil Flax Oil Grapeseed Oil Hemp Oil

Moderately Alkaline:

Fresh Coconut Water / Arugula / Beets / Basil Capsicum / Pepper / Cabbage Lettuce Carrot / Chives
Collard/Spring Greens Coriander / Endive / Ginger / Green Beans / Leeks / Lettuce / Mustard Greens / Okra / Radish / Red Cabbage / Red / Onion / Turnip / Zucchini / Lemon Lime Rhubarb / Butter Beans ‘ Lima Beans / Soy Beans (fresh) White (Navy) Beans / Chia/Salba Seeds Hemp Seeds Quinoa

Highly Alkaline:

Himalayan Salt Real Salt (Celtic Sea Salt) / Avocado / Broccoli / Cabbage / Celery / Cucumber / Endive / Garlic / Grasses (alfalfa, kamut, straw, shave, wheatgrass, etc.) / Kale / Parsley / Sprouts (alfalfa, bean, pea, soy, etc.) / Spinach

Information from:  Alkaline/Acid Food Chart by pH Miracle

Hearty Soups Made with Water Kefir!

There are a million delicious things you can cook with wine, but after a while all that wine gets expensive, and that’s not even including the wine to drink with your food!  What can you use that’s more affordable and just as delicious?

Water kefir, of course!

Our tibicos drink is fermented like wine and can be used as a substitute for wine while cooking.  It is delicious in soups and sauces, or even as a marinade.  We’ve put together a few recipes for you to try out:

 

Pasta e Fagliole (serves six)

*With a bonus pork rib meal!

 

This pasta, tomato, and pork soup is an Italian classic!  The recipe traditionally calls for white wine, but water kefir is just as delicious.

 

Ingredients:

Rack of pork ribs

6 cups water

2 tablespoons rosemary

1 can beans (cannellini is traditional, but we used black beans)

2 cups egg noodles

1 bottle tomato sauce

2 bottles Original TibiBev water kefir/tibicos

1 cut onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 chopped beet

 

  1. First, you need to make the broth. We put the rack of pork ribs in the slow cooker and filled it with water about halfway.  We added rosemary and salt and cooked it on high for 8 hours. We had this as a meal by itself with some vegetables and then had dinner for two nights!  If you don’t like leftovers, you could make the broth the same day.  Place the meat and seasonings in a pot with about 6 cups of water.  Simmer at low boil for about 2 hours or until meat is tender.  Take the bones and gristle out of broth, but you don’t need to skim the fat out unless you would like.
  2. Flake the meat and remove the gristle. Place the remaining broth and meat in a pot and add 2 bottles of Original TibiBev water kefir/tibicos.  Heat at high simmer.
  3. Add the cut onions, carrots, and beet.
  4. Wash the canned beans and add to soup.
  5. Let simmer for five minutes and then increase heat to high until boiling.
  6. Once soup is at a rolling boil, add egg noodles.
  7. Reduce heat back to simmer.
  8. Once soup has stopped boiling, add tomato sauce. Let cook for five minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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French Onion Soup (serves two)

 

This is a soup that is loved all over the world, where the delicate, elegant onions meet cozy, hearty cheese and bread.  It’s incredibly easy to make at home and one of the best comfort foods available!

 

Ingredients:

2 bottles Original water kefir/tibicos

Salt

1 large onion (or 2 smaller onions)

4 slices of bread (or 2 croissants)

Cheddar cheese

 

  1. In a slow cooker, add 2 bottles of Original water kefir/tibicos and salt. Cut up the onions.  Cook on high for 5 hours.  If you wouldn’t like to use a slow cooker: place the ingredients in a pot and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. While the soup is cooking, put cheddar cheese on the toast or croissant and toast in the oven.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, place the grilled cheese toasts in the bottom of the bowls and spoon the soup on top.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Zesty Awesome Smoothie!

Zesty Awesome Smoothie

In a blender, place:

1)  32 ounces / 900 grams your favourite plain yoghurt

2)  10 ounces / 300 grams frozen raspberries

3)  a pinch of sea salt

4)  two bottles of Raw Tibicos RED PUNCH (24 ounces, or 700 ml)

Remember to put the lid on the blender, and blend for several minutes until smooth.

Enjoy with friends, or save it all for yourself . . .  !

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Lyme Disease and Probiotics

A woman I know recently went to go get tested for Lyme disease.  Many of her friends had had it, her dogs had it, and she thought it was likely she had the disease in a not very serious form.  However, when she got her test results back, she found out that not only did she have Lyme disease, but that she had twelve different varieties!

Her doctor was shocked and she was shocked too.  How could she be so sick and exhibit no symptoms?  Her doctor called her back to the office every week just to make sure she didn’t have a fever and he was sure she ought to be in hospital.

This woman is also an avid water kefir drinker and she tells me she is sure that it’s the water kefir that helped her stay so healthy!

So let this be a reminder that it’s always important to give your body the love it deserves with some probiotics and you’ll keep reaping the rewards.  🙂

Do you have a probiotic miracle?  Share it with us in the comments!

Electrolytes in Water Kefir

When it’s hot out, you need to stay hydrated.  And to do that, you reach for some water.  But are you replenishing the electrolytes your body lost through sweat?  Not with water, you’re not!

Water kefir contains those electrolytes and can help you feel much more hydrated and cool.  It’s like a natural, fermented sports drink.

Grab some water kefir and find out for yourself!

What’s the Difference Between Water Kefir and Kombucha?

A lot of times, when describing water kefir, people ask me, “Is it like kombucha?”. While they are both fizzy, non-alcoholic, gluten-free, fermented drinks there are some major differences.

To start, water kefir does not include tea and is therefore not caffeinated.  Also, our water kefir is always unpasteurized while the bulk of kombucha is pasteurized.  Our water kefir starts with less sugar than kombucha and therefore there is less chance for the drink to ferment into alcohol.  Kombucha has a more sweet and sour taste while our water kefir has a yeastier and maltier taste.  Kombucha is reputedly from Eastern Europe and water kefir is supposedly from Mexico.  And most importantly, our water kefir is cheaper than most kombucha!

Try some of our St. Michael’s or Raw Tibicos kefir and see the difference for yourself!