Kombucha 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…… Continue reading What the heck is kombucha? A beginner’s guide.
Have you seen the often-given advice that kombucha needs to be kept out of the sunlight for best results? Maybe you saw it in a kombucha recipe in a book, or somewhere on a blog post or forum. I see the advice to keep kombucha in the dark a lot and hadn’t given it much…… Continue reading Does kombucha need to be kept out of sunlight?
If 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. Lots of people are brewing their own kombucha today. It’s easy to get set up,…… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to the Best Vessels For Making Kombucha At Home
Icelandic 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. This post continues our journey through Europe’s vast array of cultured dairy…… Continue reading How to make delicious and easy Icelandic Skyr
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. Related: Introduction to the health…… Continue reading Can you eat a Scoby? Scoby snacks and kombucha nutrition
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. This post contains affiliate links. Details here. I can bake a…… Continue reading Kombucha Sourdough – the world’s easiest sourdough
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. As you probably…… Continue reading Choosing Tea for Kombucha – all about tea.
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…… Continue reading How to make Ayran, a traditional Turkish yogurt drink
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…… Continue reading 16 European Milk Drinks that you’ve NEVER heard of!
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…… Continue reading How to make Milk Kefir