Siobhan Wend

Kombucha Pickled Veg

Kombucha Pickled Veg

Makes: 1 x 500g jar

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: NA

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 medium red onions (or 3 cups of any thinly sliced vegetable…cucumber,, radish, carrot etc)

1 cup apple cider vinegar

½  teaspoon black peppercorns

¼  teaspoon mustard seeds

½  teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon rice malt syrup (optional)

1 cup Remedy Kombucha, flavour of your choice!

 

METHOD:

  1. Add the apple cider vinegar, sea salt and rice malt syrup to a small saucepan over medium heat, bringing to a simmer. Stir through until salt has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add in the vegetables, black peppercorns and mustard seeds. Toss all together and allow to cool.
  2. Once cooled, stir through the kombucha and transfer to jars, packing the onions (or other vegetable) into the jar tightly. Allow to rest for 1 hour, then transfer to the fridge to store.

 

Kombucha Sourdough!

KOMBUCHA SOURDOUGH
A TWIST on the traditional sourdough, to create a crunchy bread FULL of flavour, character and goodness. Traditional sourdough is created using a starter that contains wild yeasts and good bacteria to make the bread rise. A starter can be shared by someone who already has one, or you can make your own. This recipe kick starts the process by using the live cultures present in all Remedy drinks, substituting the usual water for your favourite Remedy Kombucha!   

SOURDOUGH STARTER: 

For best results, create your starter a few days before baking. An easy way to remember starter ratios is 1+1 flour and liquid, for example, 125g flour to 125mls of Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp. 

Ingredients:
Flour 
Any Remedy Kombucha flavour - our team recommends Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp, which is what we have used in this recipe.

METHOD

Mix 125g flour + 125g Remedy Kombucha, stand for 12-24 hours. After this time, discard half of the starter and then feed it the 60-75g each of flour and Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp. Repeat this step every 12-24 hours until your starter is doubling in size and smells of both apples and bread. 

SOURDOUGH

For the recipe, use about half of your starter, and keep the other half in a jar in the fridge for future baking. Feed this fridge based starter every few days, by discarding half of the mix, and feeding it fresh flour and Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp.

To make your bread, first make a mix of your starter, flour and more Remedy Kombucha. This first stage makes what is called Levain, or a ‘sponge’. More flour, liquid and salt are then added to create the dough. The quantities of Remedy Kombucha and flour below are a good guide, however sometimes your mix will need a little more flour, or a little less liquid depending on the weather, temperature, and type of flour used.

Levain ingredients

• 50g (2 tbsp) Sourdough starter 

• 80g (80 ml, or ? cup) Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp

• 75g (½ cup) strong bread or pizza flour

Dough ingredients

• 500g (500ml or 2 cups) Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp

• 700g (4? cups) strong bread or pizza flour, plus extra for dusting

• 2½ teaspoons fine sea salt

HANDY TIP! The best part of the recipe is there is no kneading. The activity of the live cultures does all the work! You just fold the dough a few times with rests in between. 4-6 times works best.

METHOD

  1. Feed your sourdough starter to keep it active, 4 — 8 hours.
  2. Make the levain. Combine your starter, flour and Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp in a medium bowl. Mix until combined, and then cover with plastic wrap and leave it to stand in a nice warm part of the kitchen. Overnight works best. By morning it should have expanded and look very bubbly.
  3. Make the dough. Combine the levain with half the Remedy Kombucha set aside for this stage, and then mix until smooth, add the remaining Remedy Kombucha to the mix. Sift the flour and salt, and then add to the wet ingredient mixture. Mix this with a wooden spoon until you have a very basic rough looking dough. Cover this bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for an hour.
  4. Unwrap the bowl and take a corner of the dough in one hand. Stretch it away from the dough slightly, and then fold this stretched piece back on top of the dough. Turn the bowl 90 degrees (a quarter turn) and repeat this step three more times. Cover again with the plastic wrap, and set aside in a nice warm place for a further 30 minutes. Repeat this process four to five more times. By this stage, the dough will look very uniform and smooth. After the final folding, cover again and let it stand for about an hour until the dough is puffed. 
  5. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Cut your dough into two pieces. Shape these two pieces into two loaves. At this stage, you can use a loaf tin, proving baskets, a dutch oven, or a baking tray to shape the type of loaf you want. Use non-stick baking paper to line or place the loaf for baking. Once shaped, cover your loaves with a floured tea towel, oiled plastic wrap or baking paper, and then stand somewhere warm and draught free for a final rising.
  6. Preheat the oven to 240 C (220 C fan forced). Place the loaves in the oven and throw in a handful of ice cubes into the bottom of the oven. This will help create a great crust!
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature by 20 degrees (220 C, or 200 C fan-forced). Bake for another 15-20 minutes until the crust has a nice deep colour to it, and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Take the loaves out of the oven to cool on a wire rack for about an hour. DELISH.

Once you've mastered the art of Kombucha Sourdough, start experimenting with all your favourite Remedy flavours!

Recipe made in collaboration between Remedy Drinks, Remedy Team Member Nik Gray and I Quit Sugar. Photography by Bec Dickinson. 

 

Meet our BIGGEST booch bottle in Remedy history - Remedy Kombucha 1.25L

Thirsty to kick your sugar-loaded COVID comforts to the curb? Well, do we have a treat for you! Meet our BIGGEST booch bottle in Remedy HISTORRRRY – Remedy Kombucha 1.25L!!

You and your mates will be a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y fizzin’ forever on the good stuff with this SUPERSIZED bottle of Remedy Kombucha.

To say we’re damn chuffed with this BIG booch bottle is an understatement because it’s helping us more than ever on our mission to shake up that darn fizzy drink aisle for good.

How you ask? WELL. Considering a regular 1.25L bottle of soft drink contains 32 teaspoons of sugar (EW, gross)! And no one can even pronounce the nasties included in those artificially sweetened diet drinks (4-methylimidazole. WHAT!?).... Remedy Kombucha 1.25L is the perfect swap to your sugary pop as it’s naturally free from sugar and includes a chockfull of live cultures, antioxidants and organic acids.

PLUS, like all our bevvies, it’s A-OKAY to be stored in your pantry or fridge because we brew out all the sugar during fermentation, and our live cultures are strong AF (as fruct)! Yep, it’s an easy peasy trade-in to enjoy some guilt-free fizzy fun.

If you're like us and wanna throw a party to celebrate this BIG tasty drop, serve up one of our nutritionist’s fakeaway meals with your larger than life Remedy Kombucha for the ultimate sharing and caring dinner table vibes.

Remedy Nutritionist, Jacq Alwill’s fakeaway meals made to SHARE and CARE:

(fakeaway = a homemade dinner that's a healthy twist on cheat takeaway).

Where to buy Remedy Kombucha 1.25L?

Stock up Remedy Kombucha 1.25L online here or down the fizzy drink aisle at your local Coles, independent retailers and Woolies from November.

Available in four fizzy flavours: Raspberry Lemonade, Ginger Lemon, Peach and Lemon Lime & Mint.

Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon 1.25L

A nutritionist’s guide to healthy guts and keeping well

Wondering how to keep your loved ones well this winter or during this real see-you-next-Tuesday of a virus? Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill says the first place to start is your gut. While most people are aware of the importance of good gut health for digestion, many forget about its STAR role in boosting our overall immune health. Now is the time to get your guts in check to help you and your loved one recover and bounce back quickly when illness strikes.    

Nerd Alert: The simple fact is a huge portion of our immune systems are actually in our gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) which is why the gut microbiota that resides our gastrointestinal tract provides   essential health benefits  to our immune system.  

It’s in here that our gut microbiome, home to trillions of bacteria, plays a vital role in housing at least 70% of our immune system, digesting the food we eat and helping to absorb and synthesise nutrients. By improving our gut health, this will improve our immunity and all the other flow-on effects from absorbing nutrients better like improved mood, metabolism and brain health. 

What happens when your guts aren’t up to scratch? An imbalance in any bad bacteria in your gut will essentially confuse your immune system and leave you more exposed to colds and flu’s when they arrive. In essence, what you eat, drink and do now will help you and your family’s immune response later.

Happy guts are in reach with these four  nutritionist-approved hacks for good gut health and improved immunity:

Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon

Aim for plant diversity in your diet:  Try to increase the variety and number of plants in your diet each week or each fortnight even if just by one. Building a diet rich in plant foods and diverse in its sources can lead to greater diversity in the gut microbiome, which is critical to the strength of your immune system. In nutrition, we always say – EVERYTHING begins in the gut, so we need to give it the most love we can through our food. Whether it’s each week buying one extra plant-based ingredient, even a new herb is great, or each fortnight, make it your mission to create as much variety in your diet through plants as you can. 

Embrace fermented foods and drinks for good bacteria:   Nourish your gut but eating and drinking fermented products packed with probiotics such as miso, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi or coconut water kefir. If you’re craving something fizzy, my fermented go-to is   Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon   as ginger has amazing anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can help fight infections. It’s also jam-packed with tea polyphenols, organic acids and live cultures from the slow fermentation process. If you’re looking for something warm, stock up on miso soup as it’s a great one to sip on between meals. 

Avoid sugar:   Sadly, it’s time to self-distance yourself with sweet stuff as it’s the worst thing you can feed your microbiome. The more sugar you eat; unfortunately, the worse off your immune system will be as it suppresses the immune function. While ditching your sugar-loaded dessert or 3pm snack attack may be tricky, there are lots of great healthy and cheap alternatives that are also immune-boosting! Such as a frozen banana blended to make ice cream as it’s loaded with prebiotics. 

Ditch the booze:    Alcohol can weaken your immune system in a variety of way because it causes an inflammatory response in your gut and imbalance in your gut bacteria. This imbalance in bad bacteria can make you more susceptible to colds, flu and viruses by having a low immune system with a disrupted gut barrier. It’s important to note that not only does alcohol impair your immune system, excessive drinking can also affect your respiratory system. If you’re craving something else with dinner, get creative with a non-alcoholic mocktail or enjoy a fermented fizzy.