|Strawberry Kombucha with White Chia Seeds|
Kombucha is a fizzy, fermented tea beverage made from a base of bacteria and yeast called SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). It is said to have originated in Asia (Russia and China) and Kombucha enthusiasts claim it’s a tonic for digestion and a boost for the immune system.
with White Chia Seeds
I was introduced to Kombucha when I was in the San Francisco Bay Area (no surprise there) this winter. We walked to a Natural Organic Grocery and ordered it on tap, hah! I’m not one for health fads, but I instantly fell in love with the extremely tangy taste. I thought to myself that it’s a good and acceptable way to get my fix when I crave vinegar or pickle juice, he-he. So imagine my excitement when Sandra of Melody Lane Coop offered to teach Kombucha making. Since I am a fan for all things DIY (do-it-yourself), I trekked to Roswell that fateful Thursday amidst rush hour. Plus I hate to pay $4 a pop for a bottle or $10 for a 64 oz. growler at Whole Foods.
If you are in the Atlanta area and want to start making your own Kombucha, give me a holler and I’ll give you a “mother”.
|6 cups of distilled water, 4 bags of organic oolong tea or |
2 T organic Matcha Green Tea, 1/2 cup organic sugar,
1/2 cup kombucha starter tea
and Kombucha mother/mushroom/SCOBY
|Steep tea in hot water, add and dissolve sugar using wooden spoon and |
let it cool to room temperature (below 80 degrees).
|Add the starter tea and the mother/mushroom/SCOBY|
|Cover with a breathable material - coffee filter or a piece of cloth. |
Place in a dark, ventilated place.
|Wait 5-10 days. The mushroom might float or sink; either way, it's okay.|
(What's not okay is if it starts growing mold.) Notice the thin layer
growing/floating on top-- that's the new mushroom aptly called "baby".
You don't have to flavor your kombucha; I prefer mine plain. To add flavor, add a handful of preferred flavoring. You can play around and use various fresh, frozen and dried fruits, or use your favorite herb or spices - ginger with a splash of lemon juice is really amazing or add your favorite juice. You must do this after brewing and have removed the SCOBY. Cover and let it sit in room temperature for another day or two, then it's ready to bottle and refrigerate.
|Enjoy! It is recommended that you start off with 2-4 oz up to 3x a day.|