Monday, February 1, 2010

Kombucha "Rawhides" ?

It was time. Our continual brew Kombucha had not been continually refreshed nor drunk for a very long time, so it's time for emptying out and a full cleaning of all the utensils.
The SCOBYs (thick mushroom-ish "mother") were thick and layered and though we weren't going to re-use them, I'd heard they could be dried and used for dog chews. Obviously, these are freshly rinsed layers, pulled apart, rolled, and not yet dried. I wonder how long it will take to get them fully dry. They're supposed to harden up sort of like leather.
Let's see...I'm not quite sure how to go about it. I'll try air drying them, since we don't have gnats in the wintertime (I think)...I wonder if they'll dry well enough to retain the roll shape... Let's see if the insides dry well enough that way. If not, I'll try letting them dry flat and then cut them into strips.
Anyone out here tried this for dog chews? I thought it might be something fun for Kaleb, since rawhide chews are not something we use any more.


Chile said...

Never heard of that. We don't buy rawhide either and I keep forgetting to try something else I've seen: dried sweet potato slices.

Robbyn said...

Let's see how they turn out, if they's been a few days now since writing this post, and they still are drying :) I've never heard of the dehydrated sweet potato slices...interesting!