Pineapple Ginger Kombucha

Got any extra pineapple scraps lying around? Why not make some tropical kombucha? Inspired by tepache (a Mexican boozy pineapple based beverage), using scraps such as cores and peels infuses …

Pumpkin Spice Kombucha

There are an infinite number of ways to flavor kombucha. Here is a seasonal (autumn/winter) idea using pumpkin puree, as well as the classic “pumpkin spices”: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, …

Make-Ahead Kimchi Paste

If you’re like me, you LOVE kimchi, but sometimes don’t love having to make it. Preparing the paste (and in particular peeling garlic!) is the most time-consuming (and annoying!) part of …

Curtido

Curtido (sometimes spelled cortido) is a Salvadoreña (from El Salvador in Central America) version of sauerkraut. The word encurtido means pickle in El Salvadorean Spanish. In its native country, the …

Chiles in Escabeche

Escabeche has a fascinating history. The word originally comes from the Persian al-sikbaj, literally meaning “vinegar food”. After mingling with the Spanish, it eventually became part of the Spanish and …

Beet Kvass

Beet kvass is a fermented vegetable tonic, made with beets and other veg which are “steeped” in a brine for a few weeks. This recipe includes onion and cabbage for …

Water Kefir

Water kefir is a fizzy fermented beverage made by adding a water kefir culture (also known as WK or tibicos) to a sugar-water mixture. The culture is a symbiotic colony of …

Soaked & Brined Nuts

Soaking seeds, nuts, legumes and grains neutralizes phytic acid [1], which is found in the bran of all cereal seeds grains. Phytic acid regulates the release of minerals needed by …

All About Kombucha

What is kombucha? Kombucha (kahm-BOO-chuh) is a fermented tea drink that probably originated in ancient China over two thousand years ago. The active culture which transforms the tea into kombucha is …