Have you heard about continuous brew kombucha? It’s a great way to not only keep kombucha on hand and always ready, but also to get the benefits of even more strains of microorganisims than single-brew Kombucha contains.
How would it have more beneficial bacteria?
Because additional sweet tea is added at a frequent basis to the kombucha, there are different parts of the sugars in different stages of fermentation, which means that different microbes are active at all times to complete the fermentation process.
How can continuous kombucha be done on GAPS?
I had a great conversation with Hannah of Kombucha Kamp, who is not only knowledgeable in fermentation from a home-cook standpoint, but also she knows tons about the microbiology and science behind it as well!
Hannah confirmed what I learned myself when I was on GAPS. I wasn’t willing to risk any non-GAPS sugars sneaking in and ruining the diet, even with single brew kombucha, so I did use honey as the kombucha sweetener while we were on GAPS. My kombucha thrived, and I was constantly trying to pass off SCOBYs to friends.
Before trying continuous brew with honey, I wanted to make sure all the effort wouldn’t go to waste. Hannah let me know that the kombucha SCOBY is adaptable, as I found it to be with single brew, and would quickly and effortlessly adapt to honey rather than traditionally used sugar or rapadura as the sweetener!
What about raw honey?
I broke yet another rule, and used raw honey. I buy minimally processed honey from trusted sources, and more often than not, this is raw. I did add it to my hot tea, so likely all the enzymes were killed in that process, but still, you don’t need to be as cautious as some books claim you need to be with fermented food. The microorganisims in the starter culture (SCOBY in this case) are pretty hearty and adaptable.
Tell me more about continuous brew!
Continuous brew is super cool! I just started my first batch, so I’m going to keep it going for a while until my SCOBY is replicating and I’m getting a good carbonated second fermentation from it, then I’ll be sure to post detailed instructions and recipes.
For now, you can see the kit I got here – I got the pretty hand made artisan vessel with the wooden spout, which I absolutely love on my counter top. I also got a heat strip, I’ll use that during the winter months and put it away in the summer. I’m really looking forward to having probiotic-rich kombucha on tap at home, and experimenting with second fermentation, which I haven’t done before.
You can learn a lot more on Kombucha Kamp’s website here, Hannah is an amazing source of information!Pin It
Think pie can’t be done on a grain free diet? These pies rise to the challenge, in sweet and savory flavors! I much prefer pie to cakes, in the summer with fresh summer fruit, and in the winter with classics like lemon or chocolate, which don’t depend on seasonal produce. I always intend to freeze or can extra pie fillings in the summer for use in the winter time, but it never happens- we always eat it just as soon as it’s made!
1. Strawberry pie by It Takes Time uses sprouted almonds as well as shredded coconut in the crust.
2. White ‘chocolate’ pie by Spunky Coconut uses delicious coconut milk, gelatin, and the crust is sweetened with dates.
3. The Pumpkin Pie by Deliciously Organic is beautiful! Us GAPSters love pumpkin, so to have a good pie recipe is a necessity!
4. Whipped Cream Pie by It Takes Time is a fun easy pie.
5. Grain Free Strawberry Pie by Live Right Be Healthy (sub honey for maple syrup to make it GAPS friendly)
6. Grandma’s Apple Pie is SCD friendly by HoneyPie
7. Grain Free Pecan Pie by me is a delicious addition to holiday meals, I enjoy the honey much more than the more common ingredient of corn syrup.
8. Shepard’s Pie by Ovenlove uses carrots (my son’s favorite) in it with a whipped cauliflower topping.
9. GAPS Diet Journey uses green beans in her Shepard’s pie, with a cauliflower crust as well!
10. I’m loving the Chicken Pot Pie by Urban Poser in individual ramekins!
11. Lemon Meringue Pie by the Nerdy Farm Wife looks like a recipe I want to try ASAP! I have lemons and a bunch of eggs in my fridge, this should be quick to whip together!
12. Silky Chocolate Pie is on the ‘must make soon’ list as well. My mom had a recipe for a simple chocolate pie that was my favorite growing up, so to make a version that’s GAPS legal will be exciting!
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Whenever I buy a cabbage, I make this Asian chicken salad. In fact, this salad is so good it’s the main reason I ever buy cabbage. Really. I don’t have to scramble to use up that last lingering half a cabbage, because this recipe never gets old. The flavors pop and crunch in delightful contrast, […]Pin It
A Must Have For Your Medicine Cabinet Note from Cara: This is a guest post by Melanie of Honest Body, she’s a GAPS mom and has a fabulous GAPS class starting later this month! If you’ve been thinking of trying the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (GAPS) then you’ll want to check out her class […]
I love this slow cooker potroast, sometimes instead of pearl onions I use quartered yellow onions, though we all love the individual ‘baby’ size onions the best. I fix this in the 1-1/2 quart slow cooker when I don’t want leftovers, and I like to brown two halves of a larger chuck roast at once, […]Pin It