Kombucha

How to ferment at home like a pro

Whatttta year!#@?! While it's been a toughy, one positive to come out of the big 'C' is that we've all been gathering around our kitchen counters more than ever fermenting up a storm (HELLO sourdough). 

To celebrate all this culinary bravado, we've collaborated with our mates at I Quit Sugar to share our all-time Ferment Faves!

From kombucha makin' to pickling a Remedy rainbow of veg, each recipe is an ABSOLUTE party-in-your-mouth cracker.

The best bit is that whether you're a fully-fledged ferment genius or an absolute NEWBIE, it doesn't matter! You'll enjoy these utterly calming to make recipes all the same in this 2020 craze. PLUS ferments are theeee BEST homemade gift ever, so be sure to drop off a jar full of goodness to all your nearest and dearest to try (Chrissy gift-giving sorted).

Fun Fact: The first batch of the Remedy Kombucha you know and love was created on our Founders kitchen bench in a small jar in Melbourne almost 15 years ago! From little jars, big things can grow! 

Miso Roast Potatoes with Wasabi Guacamole

Remedy Nutritionist has done it again with another delicious FAKEAWAY recipe! This time for mouth-watering Miso Roast Potatoes with a spicy Wasabi Guacamole. Perfect to share and washed down with some Remedy Ginger Lemon Kombucha!

MISO ROAST POTATOES WITH WASABI GUACAMOLE

Serves 4 as a snack
Gluten-free : Dairy Free : Vegan

  • 700g white potatoes, washed and cut into 1cm thick wedges
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped nori, to serve

MISO GLAZE:

  • 3 teaspoons white miso paste
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 



WASABI GUACAMOLE:

  • 1 1/2-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and smashed
  • Juice of 1/2-1 lime, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons wasabi paste (more or less as desired)
  • sea salt and black pepper

METHOD

Heat oven to 200C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. Spread potato wedges over the tray, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt and toss to coat. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes so they are golden. Whilst potatoes are cooking whisk together ingredients for miso glaze in a bowl and prepare the wasabi guac. Once wedges are cooked, drizzle miso glaze over and toss to coat then place back in the oven for a further 15 minutes to crisp and caramelise. When ready to serve, pile the wedges into a bowl and pop the wasabi guac on the side. Sprinkle with finely chopped nori, and tuck in!

Easter Bunny Bread by Jacqueline Alwill

Cauliflower Chickpea Korma

Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill has created some delicious healthy FAKEAWAY meals to help you make your favourites at home! Here's the second recipe from this series and it's as delicious as it is healthy!

CAULIFLOWER CHICKPEA KORMA

Serves 2
Gluten free : Dairy Free : Vegan

Korma curry paste:

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2cm piece of ginger, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium (150g) brown onion, peeled and diced
  • 1x 400ml tin coconut milk (aim for BPA free/organic)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) raw cashews
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into (400g) florets

To serve: basmati rice with a touch of turmeric, extra chopped cashews and coriander if desired

Method:

Place garlic, ginger, garam masala, chilli flakes and tomato paste in a food processor or blender (I prefer to use the small blenders for this one so the spices aren’t lost) and blitz to form a paste. heat a saucepan on medium heat, add coconut oil and onion and cook stirring frequently for about 5-6 minutes until softened. Add curry paste and cook for 1 minute so the spices become aromatic. Add coconut milk, cashews and cauliflower, pop the lid on and bring to a boil, then reduce to low simmer and cook (covered) for about 25 minutes, take the lid off and cook a further 5-10 minutes to thicken. Serve with basmati rice, extra cashews and chopped coriander if desired and of course a refreshing glass of Remedy Kombucha!

Easter Bunny Bread by Jacqueline Alwill

What are these floaties in my Remedy Kombucha?!

What are these floaties in Remedy Kombucha?

First up, don’t be alarmed, the floaties you've found are completely safe to consume.

Finding a few strands of the mother culture or SCOBY (which is a symbiotic community of good bacteria and yeast) is normal and a good sign that your kombucha is raw, real, alive and kicking!

Taste your way around the world with Remedy.

Missing travel? You betcha!

Those BIG-JET-PLANE days were somethin' hey?! But until airports become a thing again quench your travel thirst by taking a journey 'round the world one Remedy brew atta-time.

How...you ask? WELL. Fun fact, our damn tasty drinks are made the old-school-way using traditional recipes that have been around for centuries in places like China, Russia and even Mexico. Yep, we've taken the best of the world and bottled up the goodness for ya when you need it most.

So, SIP back, relax and get ready for taste bud take-off.

Remedy Kombucha

Kombucha originates from Northeast China and has been around for YONKS. We're talkin' over 2000 years! This brew is a tasty fermented tea known for its live cultures, organic acids and tea polyphenol antioxidants. Grab yourself some dumplings or a hot pot with your Remedy booch, close those pretty eyes and take yourself to panda land.

Remedy Switchel

Dreaming of an island romance.... well GUESS WHAT! Switchel originates from the Caribbean! Give it a google. What a place. Switchel is damn refreshing and a little fiery, made with top-notch organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) and fresh raw ginger! Spicy fact: Back in the day, farmers believed it was the perfect thirst quencher to hydrate and keep them goin'. While you may not be a farmer, we still hope it keeps you going in these tough times too.

Remedy Ginger Beer

Ginger beer   was first brewed in Yorkshire in England WAY Back in the mid-18th century. Those CHEEKY brits we're onto something top-notch as it soon became a popular drink of choice worldwide. This fizzy is LOADED with zingy ginger goodness that's full of fiery flippin' flavour. 

Remedy Coconut Water Kefir

Coconut Water Kefir is a ferment of organic coconut water and traditional kefir grains! The result? It's packed with the GOOD stuff and has all the hydrating benefits of coconut water. Tastebud travel-wise, traditional kefir originates from Northern Caucasus & Russia. As for coconuts, they originate from everywhere we wish we were right about now.... ahh paradise.

Remedy Tepache

Tepache is a tasty ferment from Mexico! Pairing tangy pineapple juice with spicy cinnamon this ferment is full of goodness and sure to be your new favourite ferment on a TACO Tuesday or Mexican Monday. Whatever delicious nachos vibes you have goin' on in your home make sure you swish it back with a Tepache.

Miso Chicken

Wanna know the ultimate go-to comfort meal for the Remedy Founders? It’s miso chicken! It’s freakin’ tasty and finger-lickin’ goooooood, Better yet, it has whole Condon fam’s tick of approval (yep, kids and all). Make this Japanese deliciousness when you next need a pep in your step or speedy weeknight meal.

Condon Comforts: Miso chicken

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup white miso (the rice culture brand is the Condon fam’s miso fave)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, approximately 1kg.


PREPARATION

  1. Heat oven to 200°C Combine butter, miso, honey, rice vinegar and black pepper in a large bowl and mix with a spatula or spoon until it is well combined.
  2. Add chicken to the bowl and massage the miso-butter mixture all over it. Place the chicken in a single layer in a roasting pan and slide it into the oven. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, turning the chicken pieces over once or twice, until the skin is golden brown and crisp, and the internal temperature of the meat is 160 to 165 degrees.

Recipe originally published on https://cooking.nytimes.com/

KOM-CHI AKA KOMBUCHA MEETS KIMCHI

Kimchi is like the heart and soul of Korean cooking. This traditional Korean side dish is made from TASTY salted and fermented vegetables and Korean flavours. Just like Remedy Kombucha, kimchi is alive and kickin’ with the goodness of organic acids! Try this delish I Quit Sugar-approved ferment today.

KOM-CHI Kombucha meets kimchi

Makes: 2 x 1 litre jars
Prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cooking time: NA

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ head Napa or savoy cabbage,
  • chopped into quarters
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 3cm ginger, fresh
  • 6 spring onions
  • 1 small brown onion
  • 1 tbsp Tamari
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Remedy Kombucha
  • Ginger Lemon
  • 1 apple, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 carrots finely sliced into matchsticks
  • (or just grated)
  • ¼ to ½ cup Korean red chili flake*
  • (or regular chilli flakes)
  • 2 x 1 litre jars, or a few smaller 500ml jars.

 

METHOD

Remove the bottom core from the cabbage, and slice into quarters.

Add cabbage to a large bowl and sprinkle over sea salt, start lifting up the leaves, and sprinkling the sea salt between the leaves, to ensure the salt is covering everything!

Place a plate over the cabbage and weigh down, with a book or any heavy object! This will help draw the water out of the cabbage.

Every 30 minutes, toss the cabbage, and place the plate and weight back on top to continue to draw moisture out. Continue to do this for 2 hours. Meanwhile, to prepare the chilli sauce, add the garlic, ginger, chilli flakes*, onion, tamari, fish sauce and kombucha to a food processor and blitz to combine.

Add the kimchi chilli paste into a large bowl and add in the carrot, spring onions and apple and toss to combine.

Rinse the cabbage leaves under a running tap to remove excess salt and shake dry. Roughly tear cabbage apart, add it to the bowl with the chilli paste. Use your hands to mix everything together and coat evenly in the chilli paste.

Shove the kimchi into clean jars and pack the mixture down as you go with your fingers or a spoon.

Place the jar/s into a cool spot away from direct sunlight, like the pantry. Allow kimchi to ferment for 7 days. A sign that your kimchi is fermenting is tiny bubbles on the surface.

Each day, you’ll need to ‘burp” the kimchi to remove excess pressure by opening up the lid, and then also push down the contents to ensure the kimchi is kept below the liquid. 

After 7 days, move your kimchi to the fridge to store. It will last for 12 months.

NOTE: Add LESS chilli flakes if you don’t like much heat.

Recipe made in collaboration between Remedy Drinks and   I Quit Sugar. Photography by   Bec Dickinson

kombucha kimchi

Is there alcohol in Remedy kombucha?

Do Remedy drinks contain alcohol?

All Remedy drinks are non-alcoholic.

Like many fermented foods and drinks, a trace amount of alcohol can be produced during the natural fermentation process but rest easy because Remedy thoroughly tests each and every batch to ensure their drinks meet the national standards for non-alcoholic drinks (below 0.5%).

There’s no need to be concerned as the trace levels of alcohol are so low, the alcohol doesn’t accumulate in the bloodstream.

Can you drink Remedy kombucha if you're pregnant or breastfeeding?

Can you drink Remedy drinks if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?

You can drink Remedy Kombucha, Switchel and Coconut Water Kefir to your heart and gut’s content!

People around the world have been drinking kombucha and other fermented foods and drinks for thousands of years. Remedy’s co-founder and other members of Team Remedy enjoyed Remedy throughout their pregnancies and while breastfeeding.

As always, have a chat with your friendly health practitioner if in doubt.

There’s loads of different Remedy Drinks for you to choose from but avoid Remedy Good Energy as it contains higher levels of caffeine.

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. 

Remedy Kombucha v Remedy Sodas - what's the diff?

Remedy’s launched a brand spanking new range of live cultured sodas but what’s the difference between Remedy Kombucha and Remedy Sodas you ask?

It all comes down to ingredients.

But first, let’s start with what Remedy Kombucha and Remedy Sodas have in common!

  • They don’t contain any sugar (naturally!)
  • They’re both made with all natural ingredients
  • They’re both chock full of live cultures and organic acids
  • They’re organic, raw and unpasteurised
  • They’re DAMN TASTY!

What's the diff?

The main difference is in the ingredients used to brew these healthy and tasty, live cultured bevvies. 

Thirst up! Let’s take a look at Remedy Kombucha...

Remedy Kombucha is made with a base of sweet tea to which Remedy’s ‘mother culture’ or SCOBY (symbiotic culture of good bacteria and yeast) is added before being fermented over 30 days. This natural fermentation removes all the sugar leaving behind a delicious, refreshing live cultured bevvie chock full of live cultures, organic acids and tea polyphenols. We then add all-natural ingredients for extra flavour.

What about Remedy Sodas then?

Just like Remedy Kombucha, Remedy Sodas are made with real, top notch, all natural ingredients. But Remedy Sodas do NOT contain tea. Rather, they are made by taking high quality organic juices as the base. We then add our a natural live culture starter which kick starts a fermentation process that sees ALL of the natural sugars converted into healthy organic acids. The result is soda made right! Packed full of flavour and goodness with NO SUGAR, naturally!

Still not sure?

Watch this!

So which drink is right for me?

BOTH! If you’re looking for a tangy, sweet and sour flavour profile and want to get a boost of tea polyphenols, plump for a Remedy Kombucha!

Not ready to jump on the booch train or looking for a healthy, live cultured swap for traditional, sugary soft drinks with old school classic flavours? Reach for the right stuff with Remedy Sodas.

WORLD KOMBUCHA DAY IS HERE!

We're FIZZIN' with excitement to celebrate the first-ever   WORLD KOMBUCHA DAY!

Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) is believed to have originated in China more than two thousand years ago. The traditional method of making kombucha – which we follow at Remedy – involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea, wild healthy bacteria and yeasts. February 21st is a modern-day celebration for all kombucha brewers and booch fangirls and fanboys to throw a BOOCH PARTY!!! 

To celebrate World Kombucha Day and our booch success thanks to YOU our fizzy fam, we're offering 20% off kombucha range on www.remedydrinks.com   with code: BOOCHDAY

Sarah and Emmet Condon

OUR STORY

We could tell you that when Sarah and Emmet Condon started Remedy in their kitchen, they had no idea what lay ahead. But we'd be lying. They had an inkling. They'd been making kombucha for a while. Their kids were into it. Their mates were hooked. Family members were dropping by more often for a taste.

So, they took a chance. Some might call it a massive risk. They had a young family. No jobs to fall back on. Some savings, a couple of credit cards. Entrepreneurial know-how, but no experience in the food and drinks world. What they did have were big aspirations and a simple belief. Oh and – perhaps most importantly – a tasty kombucha brew and a whole lotta guts.

They wanted to do something good. Shake things up. Make it right. They knew that healthy could also be tasty and easy. They believed we all deserve to know that too. While they've moved on from the kitchen bench, Remedy is still made the old-school way: in small batches, long-aged brewed for 30 days.

The result is the tastiest kombucha going around: it contains no sugar, naturally, and is chock-full of all the right stuff: live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants.

Remedy Kombucha reviewed in The Guardian

News just in from The Guardian!

Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade makes the grade in Fiona Beckett's review of four fruit drinks that aren't too sickly sweet.

"A not-too-scary introduction to kombucha with the flavour of a sour beer. Virtuously raw, vegan and unpasteurised."

We couldn't agree more.

Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade is a grown-up, guilt-free take on a childhood classic. No sugar. No nasties.

 

 

Remedy’s gone global!

That’s right Remedy fans, if you’re in the UK, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand or Australia you can now buy Remedy online. WAHOO! 

So, jump on in, peruse the Remedy range to your heart and gut’s content, choose ALL the flavours you’ve ever wanted to give a whirl!!