Mango Lemonade Kombucha Gummies

IMAG4285A few weeks ago I shared a blog about my adventures into kombucha making. I will note that I have been intrigued by kombucha for about 8 + years now, but I had a dear friend who made wonderful kombucha. When we moved, though, I had to be a big girl and learn to make my own though.

Always putting a twist on things, I started thinking of how I could use kombucha, beyond the realm of merely sipping on it.

In the past I have made some ice cream (which now I would probably consider it more sorbet-like) with it.

But I had seen some gummies floating around on my pinterest.

Hmmm….

My husband is a fan of gummy bears. He, however, hates kombucha. I can’t even drink it around it, he doesn’t like the smell and frequently makes fun of me for it.

But, what if I flavored the kombucha nicely and paired it with a flavorful, delicious fruit?

Even if he doesn’t like (or even tastes it), it sounded good to me. So I began envision myself snacking on mango kombucha gummies. And my mind began reeling with loads of ideas for flavors.

Cherry because they’re my favorite food. But what if I added vanilla bean? Or lime zest or juice?

What about Pina Colada flavored? Let’s throw in some coconut and pineapple.

What about a strawberry banana.

Ooh or a mixed berry?

Or a strawberry mint?

Or a lemon blueberry?

Do you see how my brain works? Once an idea starts, it just rolls and rolls with more. Sometimes I suffer from too much creativity or ideas. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I do have to really practice editing (especially for my markets, otherwise I would show up with tons of different stuff and the selection would probably be overwhelming for many shoppers).

Anyways, my first adventure into gummies was a mango lemonade. The juice I added to my kombucha was a mango lemonade, which I did a second ferment on for three days. Add some fresh mangoes and lemon juice to the gummy mix and you have a great flavor-packed little bite. Continue reading “Mango Lemonade Kombucha Gummies”

Unicorn Kefir Bark

IMAG3099I am kind of known for drinking or eating odd things. I’m totally cool with that. I love to rock my, “But First, Kombucha” shirt, even though I can’t even drink it around my husband because he can’t deal with the smell.

A few years ago I began studying the Weston A. Price Organization. Through them I began to learn about raw milk, grass-fed butter, and fermented foods. I really drove my family nuts then, as I was constantly experimenting with making krauts, fermenting salsa, having a go at beet kvass, making bone broths, buying homemade kombucha from my beautiful friend Kathy at the market, and more. The kvass was probably the worst. I wanted so hard to like it, but it wasn’t my thing, so I moved on.

You can check it out, research and discern for yourself, but my simple goal was to starting add some probiotic foods into my diet.

This is when I found out about kefir, similar to yogurt. I’m not going to lie it can be strong and have a bit of a twang to it.

A few weeks ago I saw a pin for some yogurt bark. I thought it sounded yummy, so I wanted to give it a go. While at our co-op store in Urbana, I found some goat’s milk kefir, which I thought was perfect. I personally love some goat cheese. So I was pretty pumped when I found this at the store.

I also feel like ‘unicorn’ inspired food is pretty popular right now, but it really reminds me of my friend Chelsey, who is always head of trend and has had a thing for them for a few years. I thought it would be beautiful, so I started pureeing the kefir with different fruits.

I opted not to sweeten it (which made the flavor a little strong), but feel free to add a little honey to the puree. Also I didn’t strain the berry mixes because I don’t mind the seeds, but you have that option as well. Definitely strain the orange pulp out of that layer.

Besides that, this turned out really beautifully. It was easy. AND you can customize it with different fruits (or maybe even try some veggie/fruit mix (like spinach and kiwi or something). It’s a nice little snack.

Unicorn Kefir Bark (or Yogurt) Continue reading “Unicorn Kefir Bark”