“The kombucha mushroom people, sitting around all day!” – such a good song by System of a Down. And also mildly related to today’s post. In the mail my scoby [read: Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast] baby came (pictured below). I am a mother to a mother.
Have you heard of kombucha [kom-boo-cha]? It’s incredibly good for you, and a great addition to your diet when eating vegan or gluten free, or just in general.
It’s all about:
– bringing your body back into balance
– assisting with digestive health
– helps you to absorb nutrients in food
Check out more information here.
1. Don’t use metal – not for any par of the process!
2. Clean hands with vinegar before handling
Continuous kombucha seems the simplest way to go. So here’s the process.
1. In a pot, bring 1 litre of water to the boil, then remove from the heat.
2. Add 4 teabags or 4 tsp loose tea to the water and steep for 20 minutes, then remove the tea or strain out the leaves.
3. Add in 1/2 cup granulated sugar and stir through.
4. Add in 1 litre of cool water.
5. In a large sterilised jug, pour in the tea, then add the scoby. Scoby needs to be up top.
6. Cover with a cloth and tie with a rubber band.
7. Leave somewhere cool and dark for 7 – 14 days [kitchen or bathroom cupboard is good]
8. Pour your kombucha from the jar into another sterilised container, reserving about 1 cup of kombucha and the scoby in the original jar. With this reserved mix, repeat the above steps.
You are able to drink kombucha as it is, once you have left the above mix to brew. Or you are able to add in fruits, which is the preferred way to drink kombucha.
1. In a sterilised jar, pour your kombucha up to about 4/5 of the way.
2. Fill the remaining 1/5 with fruit puree or juice – NOT citrus or pineapple.
3. Leave 2cm of air up top, then cover with lid. Leave somewhere dark and cool for 2-3 days to allow the kombucha to ferment.
4. Move to the fridge without opening it, and this will stop the fermentation process.
5. Serve chilled. Note that there may be a little mother on top, just chuck it out.
Helpful FAQ here.