Kombucha is a wonder drink. This fermented tea has been around for centuries and is legend in many countries such as China, Russia, and Korea. There are even stories that Genghis Khan drank it often and gave it to the men in his armies. It can become a part of your life very quickly and the next thing you know you’ll have your very own brew fermenting on your counters. It’s cheap and easy to make, but if you leave it fermenting too long it can get a strong taste, and actually will turn to vinegar which will stay perfectly preserved. If your kombucha tea ever gets too strong for your taste, don’t throw it out!
Here are ten ways to use your over-fermented kombucha.
#1. Save as a strong starter tea for your next batch
Over-fermented kombucha makes a wonderfully strong starter tea! You can store it in a glass container with a lid or with a cloth and rubber band; both are fine and you can then use it as the starter tea for your future kombucha brews. Make a note that your batches used with stronger starter tea can finish a day or two earlier than normal.
#2. Strong kombucha can be used as a household cleaner.
Allow the over-fermented kombucha to ferment for an additional two to four weeks (with or without the SCOBY) in a glass jar covered with a cloth and rubber band. You can then strain it to remove yeast strings and use it like you would a household cleaning vinegar.
#3. Make your own Apple Scrap Vinegar!
Don’t throw away the peels and cores from your apples! Save these “scraps,” add some honey, water, kombucha, and a SCOBY. Let this ferment and you just made some delicious Apple Scrape Vinegar.
#4. Make a marinade for meat or veggies!
We have a spicy marinade that is delicious on fish, chicken, beef, or veggies. This recipe is loaded with fresh herbs, spices, jalapeno, olive oil, garlic, ginger and kombucha vinegar. Marinate for a few hours and you’ll find you use this again and again. Don’t forget that it’s fantastic on veggies, too!
#6. Use as a facial toner
Try this wonderful facial toner made with over-fermented kombucha. Kombucha has helped some of our Biotic Pro members with skin conditions and is also great after sunbathing.
#7. Make probiotic water
You can mix some of your over-fermented kombucha with drinking water, ginger, lemon, and some stevia for a refreshing combo. It used to be served to the cowboys or field hands on a hot day to quench thirst.
#8. Use like regular vinegar in recipes
You can use this over-fermented kombucha just like you would apple cider vinegar, or a red or white wine vinegar, in your favorite recipes. It works great for anything calling for vinegar.
#9. Kombucha Mayonnaise!
Kombucha Mayo is one of my favorite condiments. I always have a jar in my fridge and it’s easy to make and really delicious. Homemade mayonnaise made with kombucha is so much better for you than store-bought mayo which contains chemicals and unhealthy oils.
#10. Make a salad dressing
I love using kombucha in salad dressings. It helps preserves the dressings and makes a healthy alternative to store-bought versions.
Try one of our four delicious salad dressings: