Kombucha SCOBY Snacks

How to make SCOBY snacks in the dehydrator.

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Kombucha SCOBY snacks are chewy flavorful jerky that is made with extra pellicles. Not only is it delicious, but it is also full of probiotics and fiber! See the section above for details on how to harvest thin pellicles and the nutrition information for these snacks.


Units Scale
  • 56 thin kombucha pellicles (SCOBYs), see the section above for harvesting recommendations
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or Braggs)
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup (see notes for alternatives)
  • 1 Tbsp finely diced garlic
  • Optional 1 Tbsp peeled and grated ginger or finely diced chili pepper


  1. Cut the pellicles into thin strips.
  2. Grease your dehydrator trays and lay out the strips of pellicles.
  3. Dehydrate until most of the moisture is gone (about 1-2 hours at 105 F). My daughter likes her kombucha SCOBY snacks without any extra flavor. So try a few at this point, you might enjoy them as well!
  4. For maple jerky, mix up the soy sauce, maple syrup, and garlic into a marinade. Feel free to add ginger and hot pepper for a spicy jerky. Soak the dehydrated pellicles for at least 2 hours, up to 24 hours.
  5. Grease your dehydrator trays again.
  6. Fully dehydrate the pellicles (about 105F for 6-8 hours).
  7. Store at room temperature in an airtight jar and consume within 1 month.


  • Vinegar pellicles work equally well. The photographed batch was made with a mix of vinegar and kombucha pellicles. See the section above for details.
  • Feel free to use your favorite liquid sweetener. We’ve tested the recipe with maple syrup and honey, but it would probably also work with brown rice syrup.
  • Several readers recommend adding little liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce. Neither of these is in my pantry, so I haven’t tried it. But feel free to add whatever flavor you want to your jerky.
  • If you don’t happen to have a dehydrator, you could use your oven set at the lowest temperature and leave the door propped open with a wooden spoon.

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