As your brew will produce a new scoby every time you brew it won't be long before you have more than you need. So what do you do with them all?
Some helpful hints and idea's on what to do with all the extra scobies you have grown.
- Brew more kombucha... It might sound obvious but now you have more scobies you can start off more batches or bigger batches if you want.
- Experiment....You can use your spare scobies to experiment with new tea's (or even coffee) or different sugars and then throw the scoby away when you have finished.
- Add a small piece of scoby to smoothies or juices to add a bit of extra zing and nutition and probiotics (not too much though!)
- Make Kombucha Jerky....Marinate the SCOBY in your favorite sauce for 24 hours before drying, if desired, for extra flavor ( l like spicy hot sauce or worcester). Place the scoby flat on a piece of grease proof/baking paper and dry at 27C-33C (or in a dehydrator) until they reach the consistency of jerky. Cover with a cloth to keep fruit flies away. Consume on its own or cut up and add to a salad...Yummy!
- Use on your skin.... Kombucha can be very good for the skin (if a little smelly) you can use as a face mask or like a sponge or pop it in a blender with other bits and pieces (yogurt and oatmeal for example). You will end up smelling a bit vinegary but it leaves the skin feeling lovely.
- Use As a Bandage..... SCOBYs can be used as a live bandage, or under a bandage. It will sting a little (ok it will sting a lot!). The acidity is believed to help support healing.
- Make kombucha dog treats.... I am yet to meet a doggy that does not love kombucha dog treats (and they are soooo good for them to). To learn how to make them, click here.
- Make Crafts with eco-leather......Kombucha SCOBYs can be dried until they are stiff but flexible (then it is called eco-leather). Use as a replacement for leather in toy drums, shoes, or other craft items. Some people use it to make furniture or clothes!