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What the heck is kombucha? A beginner’s guide.

What even is kombucha? Beginners guide to kombuchaKombucha seems to be the latest hipster drink of choice. It is found in the drinks cabinet of your local cafe, the chilled drinks cabinet at the supermarket, and you can even find it on tap in some upmarket bars and pubs these days. But what exactly is kombucha? How does kombucha taste? What is kombucha made from? And is it actually good for you?

Continue reading “What the heck is kombucha? A beginner’s guide.”

Ultimate Guide to the Best Vessels For Making Kombucha At Home

Ultimate Guide to choosing a vessel for brewing your kombuchaIf you want to make your own kombucha at home, the most essential piece of equipment is a kombucha brewing vessel. Read this handy guide to choose between the different kombucha brewing options, and find the best choice for you. Continue reading “Ultimate Guide to the Best Vessels For Making Kombucha At Home”

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!”

How to make Milk Kefir

Making milk kefir at home is super easy. This delicious, sparkly, probiotic milk drink is great for both beginning fermenters, and those with lots of experience at making cultured dairy foods.

Milk kefir can be drunk straight away, it can be given a 2F second ferment with berries or other flavorings, it can be used to make delicious kefir smoothies, and it can even be used to make kefir cheese!

If you’ve been making milk kefir for a while, then you will know how simple the process is. Are you keen for your first taste of homemade kefir? Read on! Continue reading “How to make Milk Kefir”