How to make delicious and easy Icelandic Skyr

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

Can you eat a Scoby? Scoby snacks and kombucha nutrition

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 Sourdough – the world’s easiest sourdough

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

How to make Ayran, a traditional Turkish yogurt 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…… Continue reading How to make Ayran, a traditional Turkish yogurt drink

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…… Continue reading How to make Milk Kefir

Do I need starter tea AND a scoby when brewing kombucha?

Is it really necessary to use both a scoby and starter tea? A kombucha troubleshooting question from the mailbag! So. Why do we need both? If the scoby contains all the microbes we need, why do we need to add starter tea? And if the starter tea contains all the microbes we need, why do…… Continue reading Do I need starter tea AND a scoby when brewing kombucha?

How do I grow a scoby from store-bought kombucha?

How do I make a kombucha scoby from scratch? Growing your own scoby from scratch using purchased kombucha is a pretty straightforward process, so long as you’ve got the basics right! Read on for the details of how to make a DIY kombucha scoby when you can’t find a fresh one. Note: This post contains…… Continue reading How do I grow a scoby from store-bought kombucha?

Is it OK to use teabags to brew the tea for my kombucha?

Recently I’ve seen an article or two being shared around Facebook talking about the perils of plastic leaching fromĀ teabags, so I decided to have a little bit of a closer look and see if we should still use teabags for kombucha. There hasn’t been any scientific research done into this as far as my quick…… Continue reading Is it OK to use teabags to brew the tea for my kombucha?