What on earth is Kombucha you ask? Well as it turns out, that is a complicated question. Kombucha is an effervescent tea that is fermented with a solid mass of yeast and bacteria often called a scoby, mother or mushroom. Kombucha contains numerous organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids and beneficial bacteria. Kombucha also has been reported to detoxify the liver, aid in digestion, inhibit cancer growth, repopulate the gut flora and boost immunity. Not to mention that it tastes delicious. So how do you get your hands on this miracle beverage? You won’t believe how easy this is!
Make your own Kombucha Scoby
I have let my Kombucha mushroom die many times, so I am the expert at growing a new one. First go to a health food store and purchase one bottle of plain unflavored Kombucha.
1 bottle Kombucha from the store
5 black tea bags
1 gallon purified water
1 cup white sugar
Boil water and add tea and sugar. Steep until very dark and remove tea bags. Let tea come to room temperature. Pour tea into a large glass container and stir in the bottle of Kombucha. Remember that your mushroom will take on the shape of the container, so a very large mouth or wide bowl would not be best. I use a tall glass pitcher. Cover this with a cloth and rubber band it closed (gnats love Kombucha). Wait 7-10 days depending on temperature of the room. (in the winter mine took 16 days once, don’t give up)
You will know that it is finished because a crazy looking mushroom will have grown on the top of your tea! Can you see it in the picture pretty cool huh?
Now instead of paying $3.00 or more per bottle at the store, you can make your own at home for pennies. In my next post I’ll show you how.
Making Decaf Kombucha- coming soon