How to make delicious and easy Icelandic Skyr

How to make Icelandic Skyr - easy instructions for Icelandic style yogurtIcelandic Skyr is a delicious, thick, cultured dairy product.

Usually known as Skyr Icelandic yogurt, this ancient creamy foodstuff is actually a type of soft cheese, more like a soft ricotta or quark, but with the sour tartness of a thick Greek yogurt. Continue reading “How to make delicious and easy Icelandic Skyr”

Can you eat a Scoby? Scoby snacks and kombucha nutrition

Eat your scoby. Homemade protein supplement.I was recently asked a fantastic question about the health benefits of eating a scoby. Bruce, a regular reader of the blog, had come across a recipe for making scoby jerky out of spare scobys and was wondering what he would be eating if he was to eat scoby jerky. Continue reading “Can you eat a Scoby? Scoby snacks and kombucha nutrition”

Kombucha Sourdough – the world’s easiest sourdough

Make Kombucha Sourdough, the easiest sourdough recipe ever.Kombucha makes the best and easiest sourdough starter ever.

I don’t know about you, but I am a sourdough baking failure. I have tried many times to make a traditional sourdough starter, and have even been given beautiful healthy sourdough starters from kind friends. Continue reading “Kombucha Sourdough – the world’s easiest sourdough”

Choosing Tea for Kombucha – all about tea.

Different types of tea have different levels of antioxidant. Find out more about black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and health benefits.

What type of tea has the most antioxidants? Which is the best tea variety for kombucha? What’s the difference between the types of tea anyway? How do we choose the right tea? Why does Green Tea taste different when you buy it from different suppliers?

It’s time to learn more about tea. Continue reading “Choosing Tea for Kombucha – all about tea.”

How to make Ayran, a traditional Turkish yogurt drink

How to make Ayran, the traditional probiotic fermented milk drink.Looking for a refreshing summer drink, but wanting something a bit different? Or maybe you want the benefits of a great probiotic milk drink like kefir, but you don’t want the hassle of caring for an ongoing culture.

Ayran is the perfect cultured dairy drink for beginner fermenters – it doesn’t really need any fermenting at all, and can be ready in just 2 minutes. Continue reading “How to make Ayran, a traditional Turkish yogurt drink”

16 European Milk Drinks that you’ve NEVER heard of!

I’m reading a great research paper at the moment, which is a wide survey of traditionally fermented drinks from Europe – the low- and non-alcoholic ones, anyway.

Read the research paper here.

We are all very familiar with Europe’s traditional alcoholic drinks like wine, vodka, whiskey, beer, brandy, cider, mead etc, but there’s a whole array of fermented drinks that are low-alcoholic and non-alcoholic too! Continue reading “16 European Milk Drinks that you’ve NEVER heard of!”

Use your kombucha to make yoghurt? Why yes, yes you can.

Can you use kombucha to ferment dairy milk? Yes! Here’s how to make yoghurt (yogurt) at home using a kombucha scoby.

DIY recipe for Kombucha yoghurt. Make yogurt iwth a kombucha scoby. Kombucha Research. Kombucha Science.
Note: This picture isn’t of kombucha yoghurt. I’m not sure what it is. Some sort of lemon parfait maybe? Looks good, though. Scroll further down for pictures of actual kombucha yoghurt.

Did you know you can make your own kombucha yogurt? Homemade kombucha scoby yogurt is surprisingly simple.

If you’ve spent any time at all on a kombucha or general fermented foods forum, you will know the huge variety of fermentation cultures that are out there.

If you’re looking for fermented vegetable recipes, you’ll be hearing about saurkraut,  kimchi, cortido, kvass, dill pickles. If you want something fizzy to drink, there’s kombucha, jun, and water kefir.

If you want a dairy ferment, there’s milk kefir, lassi, ordinary yogurt (or yoghurt – depending on where you live. I slide between the two spellings.) and Caspian Sea yogurt (sometimes known as Caucasian yogurt). There’s the coconut milk versions of each of them, too.  And that’s not even touching on the cheese options available.

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What is Milk Kefir?

Milk kefir, kefir milk, milk kefir culture, milk kefir benefits and history, milk kefir research, kombucha research, kombucha scienceIf you’re exploring the world of fermented foods and drinks, you’ll no doubt come across talk about milk kefir. Milk kefir culture is increasingly popular due to its probiotic and antioxidant properties, its yummy flavor, and because it is super easy to make at home. Continue reading “What is Milk Kefir?”

Does Kombucha really need white sugar?

Get the low-down on how you can use alternative sugars to brew your kombucha.

Use alternative sugars to make kombucha. You don't need to use white sugar. Kombucha science. Kombucha research.

What’s the best sugar for kombucha? Is white sugar really the best sugar to use for kombucha? What are the alternative sugars for brewing kombucha? Continue reading “Does Kombucha really need white sugar?”

Occasionally someone will react badly to kombucha

Are you wondering if you have a kombucha allergy? Or some sort of kombucha reaction? Sometimes when people start drinking kombucha they report feeling a bit unwell, or having a touch of “kombucha nausea”. For some people this sick feeling is a good thing – it’s your gut biome getting used to the new healthy probiotics. But for other people it is a sign they should stop drinking kombucha.

I particularly wanted to look at the following research article as it is often quoted as evidence that kombucha is dangerous and shouldn’t be recommended as a health food. I think it is worth having a closer look at what it is actually saying so we can make up our own minds about it.

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