So I’m going to be honest, the whole idea of eating a SCOBY kinda makes my entire body revolt. And when I asked Gabi about snacking on some SCOBY together, she admitted to throwing up in her mouth a little bit.
Don’t get me wrong, we love our homemade kombucha tea, and for all intents and purposes, we’ve fully replaced soda and juice with it.
We’ve made all sorts of flavors, including assorted berries, ginger, cardamom and orange, and just plain ‘ol booch. And while we’ve never made a flavor that we hated, I’m not sure I’m keen on the idea of chomping down on the mother culture.
It’s just this weird, slimy mushroom-like creature that has the texture of stale gummy bears with a hint of vinegar.
At least that’s how I’m picturing it in my head.
And upon tasting our first bit of SCOBY, which we did while writing this, we both found that it reminded us of sour lychee fruit. With a bit of flavoring or sweetness to cut the sourness, it could be a pretty versatile ingredient to add to a variety of dishes.
So here we go….
Why eat a SCOBY?
Has virtually no calories, so feel free to stuff your face as much as you want.
Is a more concentrated source of the beneficial bacteria found in kombucha.
Contains insoluble fiber that aid in passing waste.
Helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Absorbs excess cholesterol in the blood stream.
The dogs seem to love it. (Okay, one dog loves it and the other refuses to even look at it)
Why not eat a SCOBY?
- It appears slimy.
- Cuz I just don’t wanna?
Chewing on RAW SCOBY. Aka “Vegan Calamari”
You’ll get the biggest benefits from not drying or cooking your SCOBY snacks, as that kills the bacteria.
However, make sure to eat young SCOBY as the older layers tend to get hard from the high fiber content. And cut it up into smaller pieces to make it much more manageable than a mouthful of gummy pancake.
So doable, but not our cup of tea.
After doing some research we’ve found several ways to bypass the texture thing.
It can be marinated and dried into a jerky. Even if we end up not liking it, seems like it’d be a great chew toy for the pups. I’m pretty sure that this will be our most popular option.
We can also blend it into smoothies, soups, ice cream, and even SCOBY energy balls.
Whatever we end up doing with it, we’ll be sure to let you know what we truthfully think about it.
Gabi put together a list of recipes for us to try as we keep making more and more of these SCOBYs.
There are a bunch of SCOBY jerky recipes to be had, so if this particular one doesn’t suit you, you can pick and choose. If you don’t have a dehydrator, like us, you can use your oven at its lowest setting and prop the door open slightly.
We’re open to experimenting with these recipes and we hope that you’ll give it a try sometime and join us in the creative ways to consume these slippery, little suckers.