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Kava Recipe Simmered kava without Slime! <3

Discussion in 'Kava Lounge' started by KavaCat, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. KavaCat

    KavaCat Meow.

    Hey, I just wanted to mention after reading a thread a while back, about how someone got the most out of their kava, I figured out a way to simmer a LOT more stuff out of the kava without it getting that super-thick, slimy texture it does, if you just simmer medium grind. It's ezpz. You just knead your kava in cool/ lukewarm water like you usually would. Make sure you get it down to nothing but makas, like a real good knead. Get ALL the fine particles out. Set the first kava batch aside. Then put the makas in a small saucepan, add just enough water to cover them, and bring it to a simmer, then turn it off the heat. Let it sit until it's cool enough to handle, and then strain it out again. Add that liquid to the batch, shake or stir, and enjoy your increased potency. The minimal fine particles mean there's not so much starch getting boiled, which is what makes that thick texture some of us can't stomach.
  2. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    I don't think I'll ever cook my kava, but that sounds like a great trick for people who do... your method makes complete sense. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. KavaCat

    KavaCat Meow.

    The great thing is, it's just what you would've discarded anyway. No loss trying at all.
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  4. Intrepidus_dux

    Intrepidus_dux Kava Enthusiast

    Seems very smart!
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  5. KavaCat

    KavaCat Meow.

    I don't know why I haven't seen anyone else doing that before. Or why I haven't thought of it myself!
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  6. Saghloqh

    Saghloqh Member

    I actually did the a few times back when I used to do the simmer method. Unfortunately, heating seems to extract some kavalactone(s) that are more liable to give me anxiety. Now I just save all the makas over some weeks, then boil them and strain and knead. Then I will set aside the maka juice, and add in about 1 part of it to 3 parts traditional prep, just to make it go further.

    It's a great idea though! I spent months on end wringing out this slimy strainer bag without feeling like everything was properly coming out, until one day I just did a traditional prep, found it wasn't very strong (This is back before I was a kava hardhead, or just using inferior product) so I decided to boil the leftovers and found it was less slimy.
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  7. Kojo Douglas

    Kojo Douglas Kava Enthusiast

    Yep, when you cook Kava it does seem to activate some kavalactones that are more anxiety-producing. The few times I have engaged in this unfortunate practice I have regretted it.
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  8. KavaCat

    KavaCat Meow.

    I don't necessarily think it's an unfortunate practice unless it does that for you. I've never had anxiety from kava. I have had it give me a few down moods, but these are always linked to "heavy" kava strains for me, and has nothing to do with cooked vs not. Though there's certainly some trends in effects that don't effect all people, but do effect some, I'm pretty sure kava is anti-anxiety nearly for everyone, regardless of preparation method.

    Aside from not consuming tudei, not combining with other substances, everyone should do what's right for them, hey? As long as it's safe, there are no unfortunate practices.
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  9. Kojo Douglas

    Kojo Douglas Kava Enthusiast

    Well, I was just being sarcastic.
  10. Skywalker

    Skywalker Kava Enthusiast

    I’m always surprised by how careless I am when I have lots of kava and how frugal I am when I’m running out. So now that I’m looking at my last batch before the (incredibly slow) kava mailman comes I’ll try this.
  11. Mrbinx69

    Mrbinx69 Kava Enthusiast

    Yes lol.

    @KavaCat great idea ! Then you know the extra oils are from KLs not just starch slime !
  12. KavaCat

    KavaCat Meow.

    Yeah, and with coarser ground kavas, I get so much oil and potency this way.
  13. CrunkMonk

    CrunkMonk New Member

    I always bring my kava to a rolling boil so that I can see the yellow kavalactone film float to the top and fold in on itself. I can't feel the Kava at all unless I boil it. I also increase my stomach acid before a session via a couple 1 oz. lemon juice concentrate shots. But I learned the hard way that boiling it a more than once brings on that anxious feeling you guys described. I am very careful not to over boil it now cuz I want to relax. There is a fine line between feeling euphoria and feeling sick on kava.