You might already know that kombucha is made from an active culture starter, tea, and sugar (I buy all of my kombucha brewing supplies from Kombucha Kamp), and that it is typically used as a fermented tea that you drink. However, you might not realize that you can use kombucha for a lot of other things as well!
By using one of these alternative uses for kombucha, you can also get many of the same health benefits, such as proper gut health, better digestion and reduced inflammation from arthritis.
If you brew your own kombucha, you'll want to have these tips on hand. You can also use store bought kombucha in any of these alternative use suggestions.
Take a look at some of these alternative uses for kombucha.
Whip Up a Batch of Homemade Gelatin
If your family enjoys eating gelatin as a snack or a healthy dessert, you can go ahead and add some of your kombucha to your gelatin and enjoy the health benefits that way.
It is really easy to make your very own gelatin snack starting with the gelatin and adding in kombucha, along with whatever type of sweetener you want. You can use Stevia or another sweetener that doesn’t contain any GMOs – or simply use half juice to sweeten.
The process is similar to how you would make homemade gelatin with juice or tea. Instead of juice or tea, choose kombucha for the cold liquid portion. You don't want to heat your kombucha or it will lose many of its health benefits.
Make a Delicious Salad Dressing or Marinade
Kombucha can also be used for other food purposes, such as turning it into a yummy homemade dressing or marinade. Keep some kombucha in a glass bottle in your kitchen so that it is easy to grab and add to your homemade dressing recipes in place of vinegar.
All you need to do is combine it with some seasonings, olive oil, sea salt and pepper to make a really tasty vinaigrette. Flavor it any way you like, whether using Italian seasoning, honey or going with some lemon juice.
The options are only limited by your creativity in the kitchen.
Add it to Your Smoothie
If you tend to drink a lot of smoothies in the morning for breakfast, go ahead and add some kombucha to it. You will replace other liquid, like fruit juice or water in the smoothie, and add in the kombucha tea instead.
This makes it really healthy and can add an interesting flavor instead of just using plain water. However, you might want to use it in the more flavorful smoothies, like the ones used with sweeter fruits in order to get the best overall flavor from the smoothie.
Just be careful. If your blender lid seals tightly, the bubbles in the kombucha can cause pressure to build up in the pitcher while you're blending. If you're not careful you can end up with kombucha smoothie on your clothes. Open the lid slowly if you're using kombucha in your smoothie.
Mix a Unique Cocktail
Kombucha can also be used to create a signature and healthier cocktail as well. It has a fizzy quality, so this works really well with tropical cocktails that use fruit like pineapple, mango, and papaya.
You can also mix up a kombucha wine cocktail by mixing half kombucha and half wine in a glass. It's super tasty treat on a hot summer day!