Pets Need Probiotics Too!
I get an overabundance of kombucha SCOBYs (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). Every time you make a pot of kombucha you get another SCOBY. So what to do with them? I usually just put them in my garden. The plants love the B vitamins in the kombucha SCOBYs and they seem to nurture the soil and keep the bugs away. I have scared my husband when he goes to till my garden. There are a gazillion SCOBYs in the ground from the winter. They look as if something is taking over the garden as little round circles appear everywhere. Animals such as chickens and goats love SCOBYs, too, and I've even fed them to the fish at the lake. But here is another great way to use your SCOBYs: Probiotic treats for your dogs! They're easy to make and they contain tons of nutrients.
If you have an overabundance of SCOBYs, and you will if you make kombucha on a regular basis, you can throw them to the chickens, goats, or fish. Or dig a hole in the ground and plop the SCOBYs in. The plants will thank you. Or you could turn your SCOBYs into probiotic treats for your dog.
In the pictures below - Kelly Rau Hodges (Fancy Farmgirl ) feeds her goats lots of SCOBYs. Jolene Tarento says her chickens love eating kefir grains and SCOBYs. And my daughter's dog's, Ledge and Sasha, love SCOBYs as probiotic treats!!
Recipe for Kombucha treats below!
Kombucha Treats For Your Dogs
- Cut up the SCOBYs into strips.
- (This is optional) Spread a little Better Than Bouillon Chicken base on each strip. Maybe a 16th of a teaspoon.
- Place them in the dehydrator at 95 degrees and dehydrate until dry.
- Can be stored for several months in a sealed container.