kombucha tips 30

Day 30!! We are officially wrapping up this entire 30 days of kombucha challenge. I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. While most recipes and ideas are simple, they weren’t something that came to mind when I first started kombucha. I had the routine of brewing and drinking, and that’s about it. Quite a few times you’ll see people posting in the forums about not knowing what to do with their kombucha that has gone too sour. Or if their brew is going faster than they can drink. I had that happening in my home quite a few times now.

Today’s we end the challenge with a kombucha spritzer to welcome our October’s Halloween & Autumn Fun theme.

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I have a feeling for those of us whose spouses don’t approve Kombucha as much as we hoped for, this might just bring them in. My husband did well with the smoothie, and my guess is this recipe will provide a nice kick into getting him reach for more kombucha on his own. And if that doesn’t do it, at least I know I’ll have less of a hangover drinking this spritzer than knocking back wine glasses. Instead of comfort foods, we now have comfort kombucha for adults.

Drink up, my friends. You’ll probably make one of these every weekend this Fall.

Make this about 8 hours in advance and allow the flavors to blend before serving.

It is important to use a fine strainer to strain before you pour into serving glasses. You don’t want to serve the yeast strains to your guests.

One of the best things about this, if you’re using a screw top wine bottle, you can keep the bottle for use in your future bottling. :)

kombucha tips 30

 

Have a glass of Kopi-bucha (1)

This is the 26th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

After the experiment on day 23 of cleaning that coffee machine, why not put it to use now and make the coffee connoisseur in you proud?

Yes! Its another coffee blog post! I want coffee flavored everything.

Its the only thing that keeps me going these days. While everyone else who thinks that being the ‘housewife’ means I’m very free to sleep and do whatever I please, I’m actually busier than ever. Experimenting with different recipes, preparing to blog and taking and editing photos. My to-do, to-read, and to-cook lists can officially be written into books. Not forgetting physical meetings, cyber meetings, and all the ‘work’ I have going on for me in the real world to bring some ‘dough’ home.

Its very different working for yourself & working for others. You bootstrap and work twice as hard as you strive to hit your goals. I work round the clock as long as my eyes can stay open. I’m usually up till 4am and awake by 9am to feed Cupid and start my day with housework. But the flexibility in my life now is exactly what I wanted and I will not change any bit of it. Everything is progressing the way I planned for, and I’m very thankful for the opportunities that come.

This ‘stay home’ wife only sleeps 5 hours a day. COFFEE is always on the top of my grocery list. Every.single.week.

coffee-wine

Of course when I first saw Coffee Kombucha, I got very excited.

Kopi, also known as Coffee in Malay can also be used to make Coffee Kombucha.

Why it works? 

Kombucha is known mostly for being a form of fermented tea, with a SCOBY.  Kombucha tea is made from sweet tea, to which a starter (fermented tea) and a SCOBY, is added and allowed to sit and ferment at room temperature for the following 7 to 14 days.

The beneficial bacteria and yeast in the culture convert the sugar, tannins, and caffeine in the tea to beneficial substances for your body. Since coffee also has the tannins and caffeine that is needed for the kombucha to grow, it only makes sense if the coffee addict in me gave it a go.

How?

There’s a few ways to make this.

1) Cold brew coffee – Refer to this recipe I made using grounded coffee, and brew enough for 7 cups of cold brew coffee

2) Using coffee machine – Prepare 4 capsules to make 4 espressos, after brew, add 5 cups of cool water to it and add to jar.

– Make sure the capsules you are using are not flavored coffees, this is to prevent any oils from the added flavors from affecting the growth of the beneficial                                                            bacteria.

3) Instant coffee – I will be demonstrating today’s experiment with instant coffee since this is more widely available compared to the above 2.

After the fermenting period, the Kopi-bucha comes out more beneficial and easier to drink. Its less acidic due to the fermentation. And it comes with double energy boost. And a delicious fizz.

WHAT?!?!?!

Yes you heard me right, 1) because our brain is used to ‘energy boosts’ from coffee, and it tends to give us a ‘pick-me-up’ feeling. and now with the additional benefits from the regular kombucha, that is also known to be a energizer. Throw that 5 hour energy drink to the bin now, will you?

Have a glass of Kopi-bucha (1)

Take note that:

This will not work with decaf coffee as the scoby needs caffeine to grow.

You can add milk to it to make it a latte-bucha, but dairy milk will curdle. Nut milks or coconut milk will work better.

Its not recommended to use the same scoby for regular kombucha again. So use a spare SCOBY from regular kombucha.

If you enjoyed the first batch of kopi-bucha, you can consider converting it into a continuous brew.

 


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine

Day 24: Making Kombucha Tonic

Day 25: Cleaning the stove top

kombucha tonic

This is the 24th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

The tonic is like the modern day antibiotic. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but being allergic to spicy foods, I kept hesitating. Most master tonics require the use of horseradish and chillies or canyenne peppers, which I can’t take. I suspect the eczema on my finger is due to skin contact with a chilli pepper a couple of months ago, which triggered the swelling and the itch. Contact Dermatitis, so they say.

I have a goal to convert my home to a natural home as much as possible. Its not completely done, I still have some chemical products which I want to replace when its finished. The goal is to live frugal and natural. Making your own cleaning products and using foods to build your own immunity is as frugal and natural as it can get.

As Hippocrates say: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.

Every year when the winter creeps in, everywhere we see ideas, and posts about how to keep warm. The Master Tonic is one of the most popular posts in winter. Everyone is making it keep warm and build resistance through the cold season.

kombucha tonic
kombucha tonic

I decided to make my own version of a tonic. Apple Cider Vinegar is quite costly to buy raw & organic. I wanted to replace it with Kombucha Vinegar as I brew my own and have a continuous supply of it. As for the ingredients, I kept it simple, and removed the horseradish and chillis which I may be allergic to.

I made a small jar as a trial for myself. I’ve seen others using kombucha, so I know it works. As quoted from Sam Biser:

This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh. Its power should not be underestimated. This formula is a modern day plague tonic. It is said that when added to an incurable routine it could cure the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases. It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. This formula is not just for the sniffles, it has helped to turn around the deadliest diseases.

Its one of the best natural remedies around and it hardly goes bad, since vinegar is already fermented with lively bacteria.

A mixture of natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitical, this is the best addition to a natural home’s medicine cabinet. Not forgetting that its also filled with probiotics, which help your body absorb the benefits better.

The best times to knock a shot of this tonic is when you feel a congestion in the nasal passages, or an itchy throat coming up. This tonic is safe for kids over the age of 2, but may require diluting it as the heat can be quite strong. Great for people with sinus issues, or when you feel the cold weather, in your bones.

I started out coarsely chopping the ingredients, but as tears started to swell in my eyes, and by the time I got through some garlic and the first onion, I could not keep my eyes open. I continued the remaining ingredients by pulsing them in my blender. I’m sure a food processor will be perfect for bulk brewing of this tonic.

You’ll want to lightly pulse them so they have wider surface area to help with the fermenting process.

To enjoy the maximum benefits of this tonic, use only fresh produce. I added everything recommended in the recipe to improve the potency of the tonic, but I personally left out horseradish and the peppers as I am allergic to spicy foods.

What are you waiting for?? Get shakin’!


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine

kombucha fly trap

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

This is the 22nd post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

How is your weekend? Geez, does my graphics reflect my Monday blues already? 😉

Biggest thanks to Yvonne who wanted to contribute her recipes to our Worldwide Culture group. I love seeing how other people use their cultures. Yvonne had shared her recipes on Day 20: how to make a classic relish with kombucha, and Day 21: how to make a kombucha jelly. Recipes are here: September event: Different ways to make kombucha You have to be a member of the group to see the posts. Just ask to join and we’ll add you right in.

There were some projects that I wanted to share, but had difficulty getting the ingredients as they only sell in specialty stores. Bear with me if you find that I keep going through a similar theme here. I will be keeping a look out for some items and if I’m able to get them, I’ll add to this growing list of tips. :)

kombucha fly trap
kombucha fly trap

 

Today we’ll cover the biggest fear among fermenters. Fruit flies. The greatest terror that we all have. The tiny bodies that sneak their way into our jars and lay their eggs to destroy our brewing buddies. The sight of them in the jar, and fear runs through us. How did they get in there? Did they lay eggs? Do we really have to throw them out?! Can we save the scoby?

It sucks when we have been brewing for awhile to the extent whereby we are habitually drinking them on a daily basis, only to find out one batch of our brew have to be thrown out due to these sneaky buzzards that got into our jars. Then it affects our daily consumption and we have to yet start all over again to get another scoby to bring home and brew once more.

The best bet I say, is to set up 1 jar for them. Dedicated to the pests. Lure them in, trap them, and discard them.

kombucha fly trap
kombucha fly trap

Here’s how I set up mine.

I used a plastic cup so if it starts to get too disgusting, I could throw out the entire cup instead of needing to open it and clean up the innards. I also used a transparent cup so I could monitor whats going on inside.

I added a tissue to absorb the kombucha that I pour in, so in the event I accidentally knock over the cup, the liquid will not pour out entirely across my counter top. I cannot imagine the sight and the need to clean up dead flies on my counter.

Pour in enough kombucha to cover the tissue and a little extra to keep it damp for a couple of days.

kombucha fly trap top
kombucha fly trap top

I sealed the top with a plastic wrap and poked holes in it. Its there to serve 3 purposes.

1) The holes allow the flies to get in and the wrap keeps them in as it will be hard to find their way back out.

2) The wrap slows the evaporation process, so it keeps the liquid inside.

3) By limiting whats coming out from the jar, it prevents from stinking up the area of my home its in.

Possible Improvements:

I have read that its works better with composting fruit/vegetable skins. I’m thinking of adding some smashed grapes to get it going.

It also seems that the flies in my home prefer to hover around my milk kefir than my kombucha. I may add in a teaspoon of kefir to make the trap more attractive for the pests.

I will report again as I experiment and see the results.

Have you made your own fly traps? What do you put inside?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Kombucha smoothie

This is the 19th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

This is a good way to get someone to start drinking kombucha. I’ve been discussing about trying to get the spouse to join me on this journey of fermented foods. I’ve started on sauerkraut, which he enjoys. Yesterday, I made a smoothie out of kombucha. Maybe its the bright colors, or the sweetness of dragonfruit. He finished the glass I gave him.. :)

I guess I might have to make more kombucha smoothies for a start. The good thing about this kombucha smoothie, the fruit is not fermented yet, so the sweetness of the fruit blends with most of the kombucha to make a dessert-like smoothie. It tasted more like blended fruits with a very slight hint of kombucha. Because everything is blended up, no ‘scary’ strands of yeast or anything. This may be a good way to start the kids on kombucha too. You can even sneak some greens in it too!

Try replacing the milk of your regular smoothies with kombucha..  Or make it a smoothie powerhouse. Greens, fruits, chia seeds, goji berries, kombucha. Probiotic and filled with superfoods. Yums! I started with 1 fruit and 2 cups of kombucha. Loved it! I’ll definitely be trying a green shake with kombucha soon.

kombucha smoothie
kombucha smoothie

 

Have you tried kombucha smoothies? What are the combinations that you like? Share with us in the comments below.

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

kombucha cotton pads

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

I feel like I’ve hit a milestone today. Its nothing big to many, but to me, its something. Its progression. 2 updates.

I’ve been sneaking probiotics into my husband’s food. I made rosemary kombucha marinated pork chops yesterday and paired it with my kombucha coleslaw. The kombucha marinated meat works in the same way as when we use alcohol to marinate meats. They break down the toughness in the meat and after cooking, the meat becomes very tender. Despite it being cheap frozen pork chops, the result was tender and juicy, even the husband was surprised himself. Read how to use kombucha as a marinade. 

Another update, my mum asked me if its hard to start brewing at her own home. Some of you may know by now, I’m quite alone in this journey of fermented products. My husband is not really into these, he’s ok with me brewing, but he will not drink it. My friends think I am keeping an alien at home. I’ve experienced first hand the improvements in my body, and how much it helped me in my digestive issues. So when my parents started accepting & drinking my cultures, to now, thinking of starting their own brew at home, its a milestone hit for me. Slowly but surely, I’m influencing them, and making changes to their lifestyle. :)

I think as each day passes, and I am slowly easing myself into building a natural home. The whole idea is to keep it simple to make, and to replace 1 product at a time at home. 1 less commercial product, means less harmful chemicals at home. We are easing towards a healthy & natural home and lifestyle. Doesn’t matter where you are. Country life, or urban homes. We can make it happen, one step at a time. You don’t have to rush into it.

Natural options are frugal options too. I finish the products I have and replace it with these natural options. You no longer have to spend extra dollars to get more products for just 1 use. Get a big bottle of castile soap, a gallon vinegar, and reuse the cleaning bottles you have now. You’ll have more cleaning options than you can complete in a day.

Today’s tip is super simple. Simple is good. If its simple, then you will take the action on it.

kombucha cotton pads
kombucha cotton pads

The idea is to always have pre-soaked cotton pads so that you can always have them on hand, ready to use.

Grab a small jam jar, stuff it with as many cotton pads as you can, pour kombucha over until cotton is completely soaked.

You can leave it on your bathroom counter to use as a facial toner, which I talked about here.

Or you can use it as an underarm deodorant. Simply take a cotton pad, wipe your underarms with it. It kills the bacteria and takes away the odor at the same time.

Heck, you can even double up, tone your face and wipe your underarms after.

Kombucha contains lactic acid which is a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Alpha hydroxy acids are effective, but gentle, exfoliants and are useful in the management of dry skin, acne and wrinkles. AHA helps to improve the texture of skin and potentially repair damage done by the sun. Lactic acid is noted for its rich moisturizing attributes and its ability to exfoliate dead skin cells without provoking skin irritation. Lactic acid may also increase collagen production which can help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Quoted from zeroxeno.com

I’m sure this is especially good for acne and the bumps that women get from shaving.

I’ll definitely be trying this out for awhile to see what the results are.

One great thing about this is the convenience. Time & space saver too. Since they’re all soaked and in a little jam jar already.

You can bring it out like a wet wipe to use on the go, or leave it on the counter and use it to wipe mirrors and dirty taps.

Even better, keep a jar of this in the fridge for summer cool wipes. Have I mentioned they are great for sunburns?

Are you planning on replacing some of your home products with some of the tips I’ve shared here?

I would love to hear from you. Are these tips helping you?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

kombucha as antiseptic

Day 17: Using kombucha as an antiseptic

This is the 17th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

So much focus has been on the benefits of drinking kombucha, but not much on the application of kombucha on our skin. Do you know that kombucha is an antiseptic? Kombucha produces two organic acids. Lactic acid and acetic acid. Acetic acid is commonly used as an antiseptic for wounds and to eliminate the chances of an infection.

kombucha as antiseptic
kombucha as antiseptic

I have a small glass jar in the corner of my kitchen where I keep those extra little bits of scoby that I trim from my Mama scoby.

It contains all these dangling bits that I pull away from the Mama, to keep it looking nice and smooth. I keep all these extras in the little jar at the corner of my kitchen. I store them with 1 to 2 tbsp of kombucha or jun.

wrapped finger
finger wrapped with kombucha bits

These little bits are great for cuts, wounds, or if you have eczema/psoriasis, you can use some of the bits and wrap it around the affected area, and proceed to wrap with a gauze, or a plastic wrap. I used a plastic wrap to keep all the bits and liquid in so that I could proceed to do my stuff without it dripping everywhere.

I’ve been using it on my fingers for some time. The first few applications hurt! My fingers are pretty raw from the cracks and bleeding due to atopic eczema on my index finger. This helped me relief the itch. I used it mainly to help my skin heal and to prevent infection by applying it on the affected areas. The first few times, it will sting. But subsequently, the wounds will dry up and start to form scabs as the skin begins to heal.

kombucha

I am very curious about the bits that I have stored in the jar for some time, i.e. those at the bottom of the jar. They seem to start regrow and recombine to stick to each other again. I’ve checked it twice in the last 2  months, and each time I have to lightly pull them apart again.

I keep wondering what affects the growth of the scoby, and how does it heal itself to recombine into a bigger piece again. What is the reaction that causes it to form a scoby? And if that reaction will help heal our skin as it does for their formation?

Geez, I’m such a curious brewer. Anyone has the answers?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Kombucha Drain Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain Cleaner

This is the 16th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

I hate to do this. We all know how beneficial kombucha is and on 1 hand, I keep feeling like I’m wasting it. Like, literally pouring kombucha down the drain. But after brewing for some time, I’m very sure most of us home brewers experienced this before. We’ve transferred our kombucha, bottled/jar them, and as we go through our daily bottles, when we get to this particular bottle, the first mouthful, we cringe. We taste the sourness in our mouth and flowing down our throats and into our stomach.

That mouthful, makes us wonder whether we could finish the remaining ‘booch in that bottle. Then, this bottle of booch, is perfect for this task.

I did a small test first. 1 tbsp of baking soda, added 1 tbsp of kombucha over it. If it fizzes, its good. If it doesn’t, set it aside and leave it to sit for a couple of weeks more.

I usually set aside the yeasty bits at the bottom of my gallon brew in a small jar and leave them to sour to use for my non-edible tasks. eg, cleaning.

After a week, the KT inside usually gets clearer and the yeasty bits will settle at the bottom, allowing you to use the top for your cleaning spray mixes.

Kombucha Drain Cleaner
Kombucha Drain Cleaner

What you need: 

1 box baking soda. I used Arm & Hammers for this.

Excess kombucha that is too sour to drink.

How to use: 

1) Do the test to be sure the kombucha has the right acidity for this task. If it fizzes with baking soda, its good for this.

2) Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain hole. Scale baking soda amount according to drain size. Use 1 cup for bigger drains or drains with slight clog.

3) Drizzle 1/2 cup of super sour kombucha over the baking soda and allow it to sit and fizz. Let it sit for about 2 mins and drizzle another cup.

4) Once the liquid starts to flow smoothly, flush drain hole with warm to hot water to rinse it and declog the remain particles that might still be stuck.

5) Done!

This is great for all that excess, sourish kombucha that is almost near to undrinkable. Don’t waste them, give them a purpose! :)

Also, doing this means I never need to go to the super market to fork out dollars for a gallon of vinegar when I have a supply at home that I’m constantly brewing.


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

 

Clean carpets with kombucha vinegar

Day 14 & 15 combined: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

This is the 14th & 15th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

From time to time I will sharing some posts from other sites and other people as well. What started out as a challenge to push myself to find more ways to use kombucha has ended up using more kombucha in experimenting than drinking. I ended up tossing quite a good amount as a result of experiments hat came out bad. I feel so bad for the wastage. But its all for the good for experimenting and sharing what works and what don’t so others don’t have to go through it again.

Yesterday, Day 14 of the challenge, I saw an interesting post in one of the fermenting groups that I am part of online. A lady, Doreen, she made soap out of kombucha. It was a cold processed soap with kombucha, coconut oil, honey and oats. She shared the recipe in our fermenting group at  the Worldwide Share group. The recipe consist of kombucha, coconut oil, honey, oats. All known to be moisturizing and healing for the skin.

Check out her recipe here. Its a closed group, so you will need to be a member of the group to view it. Just click request to join, and I will approve it when I see it. If you do not have a starter culture, do join the group and let us know where you are. We have members all over the world, and we share worldwide, at the cost of postage. If you have specifics that you need or have questions that you’d like to ask, feel free to ask in the group, we are all very open to sharing our knowledge and our ‘culture’ is to share cultures. (pun intended!) :)


 

For today, Day 15 of the challenge, we use kombucha as a carpet cleaner.

Clean carpets with kombucha vinegar
Clean carpets with kombucha vinegar

This works best for fresh stains or spills when its still wet.

What you will need:

1 part Kombucha vinegar, strained to ensure no yeasty bits to clog spray

1 part Plain water

Spray bottle with mist setting

Plenty of towels

How to: 

1) Use a clean cloth/towel to blot out as much liquid as possible. Do not let it sit for too long as the color, stain, and odor may start seeping in.

2) Apply a firm pressure over the towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. Do not rub at the spot as it will spread the stain other areas.

3) Once you get the stain as dry as possible, mist the vinegar  generously over the spot. Let it soak in for 5 to 10 mins.

4) Using clean towels, soak up the vinegar. A little elbow grease needed here! If its a tough stain, rub or scrub, and apply pressure as needed.

5) Again, get as much liquid out as possible, and allow it to dry. The vinegar smell will go away as the liquid dries off.

Be careful with white carpets or clothes, as kombucha is made of tea and may leave a slight yellow stain. If needed, after blotting up kombucha, spray water generously and blot dry again.

Note: If you have a steam cleaner, even better, this can be used in the steam cleaner with 2 parts kombucha to 10 parts water.


 

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

 

 

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Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

This is the 12th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

I love cakes, I can eat cakes all day long, and if I had a choice, I would replace all meals with desserts and cakes. I call myself a cake addict. However, my current issue with gluten does not like my current addiction with cakes. I don’t bake as often as I used to, and I try to bake as much gluten free as possible.

I had some leftover wheat flour in my cupboard and decided to try out an adaptation of the red velvet cake.

Its no secret that the only thing that sets Red Velvet apart from a regular chocolate cake is the bright red coloring in the cake itself.

Another thing is the fluffiness of the cake which is mostly created by a vinegar reaction with baking soda.

Since the coloring is there just to make the cake itself visually appealing, I left it out. My diet now is to keep things simple, make things from scratch, and to omit whatever that doesn’t add to the end product.

In some of the celebrity cakes shows, they reveal that the secret to their very soft and light cupcakes is to use Apple Cider Vinegar.

I find that when we use Apple Cider Vinegar, sometimes you can still taste the vinegar even after the cake is baked.

I experimented with using kombucha, which is not to harsh on the taste buds, and good enough to make the baking soda fizz.

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Note: Recipe not shared as I have not perfected the amount of baking soda. The center of the cake is a bit cracked. That’s why the heart is there to ‘cover up’.  Allow me to experiment with it again and I will post an updated recipe. It does not affect the taste though. Its probably one of the fluffiest cake I have eaten since I started baking. Yums!

How to use:

I replaced half the water with kombucha.

Eg. If a recipe calls for 2 cups of water, I switch to 1 cup water, 1 cup kombucha. Pour both liquids into 1 container and set aside.

Mix the baking soda thoroughly with the remaining dry ingredients.

Pour the mix liquids slowly into the flour mix. You’ll see light fizz occuring in the flour as the liquid reaches them.

That is the kombucha’s acidity reacting with the baking soda, helps make cakes light & fluffy.

What I really love is that kombucha is acidic enough to cause a reaction, yet is not as tart as ACV to change the taste of a cake.

When I baked the muffin in the picture, I could lower the amount of sugar and it still did not affect the taste. With ACV you would probably need to add more sugar to make it still like a sweet treat.

Have you used vinegar in your baking? What are your favorite cakes?


 

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head