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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 Suar 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).

Ferment Fave Recipes:

Kombucha sourdough

Sweet & spicy fermented hot sauce

Kombucha pickled veg

How to brew your own kombucha

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! 

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. 

 

How to brew your own kombucha

Are you a full-blown stage five kombucha addict ready to take things to the next level? Or just have the fermenting bug (pun intended)? Either way, we're here to show you just how easy it is to make your own kombucha at home. It’s how Remedy started, after all! That’s right, our founders Sarah and Emmet started out making kombucha for themselves and their young family on their very own kitchen counter.

INGREDIENTS
3.5 litres filtered water
1 cup organic raw sugar
12g organic black tea (6 teabags)
12g organic green tea (6 teabags)
2 x small bottles Remedy Kombucha.
 

METHOD:
STEP 1
Bring 3.5 litres filtered water to the boil.
Add black tea and steep for 3 minutes.
Add green tea and steep for a further 3 minutes. “Black tea has a beautiful, rich profile but green tea is full of polyphenols,” says Remedy Founder, Emmet Condon.
Strain tea into a 4-litre wide open mouthed jar and add sugar. Stir to dissolve. Cool to 30 degrees celcius.


STEP 2
If you have a mother culture (aka SCOBY) and feeder*:
Add kombucha feeder and place mother culture/ SCOBY on top of the liquid. ?
OR ?
If starting from scratch: add two bottles of Remedy Kombucha to the tea brew.
Cover with muslin cloth and secure with elastic band.
Leave in a warm room away from food contaminants and direct sunlight for 7-10 days.


STEP 3
Depending on the temperature of where you live, your kombucha will be ready in about seven to 10 days. 
If you used an existing mother culture, your brew will have formed a "baby" mother culture.
OR
If you used two bottles of Remedy to make the kombucha from scratch, your own mother culture will have grown along the surface of the jar.
Taste to decide if it's ready. The kombucha should taste ?slightly sour with no tea flavour remaining. If you prefer a more sour taste, leave to ferment for a few more days.


STEP 4
Remove mother culture (this can be used to make your next brew).
Transfer your finished kombucha into sealed bottles to keep in the fridge. Enjoy!

Check out the video below for an overview from our Remedy Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill and read on below for detailed instructions on how to make kombucha at home.