I never thought I’d write a post about kombucha. In fact, I’ve had a running list of things “I’ll never try”.
Five years ago, my “never do” list looked like this:
1. I’ll never grind my own grain. (Bought a small mill 3 years ago, totally converted now)
2. I’ll never drink raw milk. (One taste and I was hooked.)
3. I’ll never make my own sauerkraut. (I do now, on a monthly basis)
4. I’ll never make homemade kombucha. (Well, you see the evidence of this)
5. I’ll never make my own sourdough bread – on a regular basis. (Still haven’t done this one)
6. I’ll never have my own chickens. (I’m seriously considering it)
Apparently, my definition of “never” can be fuzzy.
If you’ve never tried kombucha, you must. It’s a naturally effervescent, sweet fizzy tea (very sweet, in fact, I add a little water). It’s so sweet you feel like you shouldn’t be drinking it, like it’s not allowed. But it’s full of probiotics, live active enzymes, polyphenols (fights free radicals), glucuronic acid (a powerful detoxifier), and many other powerful nutrients.
A few months ago when the FDA pulled kombucha off of the shelves temporarily, I had to choose between going without or putting aside my pride and making my own. I ordered the culture and gave it a whirl.
Two weeks ago when my culture arrived in the mail I still wasn’t so sure I wanted to go through with this. I had a feeling that once I started I might not ever stop. I boiled the water, added the sugar, brewed the tea, added the culture, and then safely tucked the jar away in the pantry to ferment. Seven days later, my kids were giddy to find out what it looked like. To my amazement, the culture had grown into a huge mushroom-like substance perched above sweet, fizzy tea!
I’ve tried two different recipes for kombucha, each with their own attributes. If it’s your first time drinking kombucha then I’d try this recipe. If you’ve had it before and prefer a drink that’s not quite as sweet, use the recipe below. You can purchase a kombucha mushroom (aka culture or scoby) here. If kombucha resides on your “I’ll never make that” list, I recommend looking for Synergy Kombucha at your local health food store. They mix their teas with raw fruit juice for a fizzy, fruity flavor.
Here’s an informative video that shows how easy it is to make kombucha at home.
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