Friday, November 5, 2010

Do you Kombucha?


About 20 years ago, my neighbors introduced me to Kombucha for the first time. They had this slimy blob of a mushroom in a jar with some weird looking liquid, and every morning and evening they drank a small glass of it. Though they offered it to me several times, I was never brave enough to try it. For one thing, I didn't like mushrooms!

20 years later, and here I am with a jar sitting on my own kitchen counter. If Dave and Cathy could see me now! Why the change? Well, I've started caring much more about what kind of food and beverages I put into my body than I did back then. And, I've learned that Kombucha isn't a mushroom at all, though most people call it that. It's actually a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, or a SCOBY, for short. Sorta like yogurt. But not!


After the proper fermentation time in the jar, the Kombucha gets bottled, and is ready to drink after one more short fermentation. I found these vintage style bottles with retro style flip-top caps. The dark glass and reusable caps make these perfect to use over and over again.

Do you Kombucha?

9 comments:

Terri said...

I've never heard of that in my life! It sounds interesting.

Michelle G said...

ROFL - actually 19 years ago my mother had some in her fridge from friends and there was NO WAY I would touch it ;) NO WAY NO WAY NO WAY!
Now....I've been known to pick up a bottle of it at the health food store for 3+$!!!
Haven't seen the "starter" for it though - too funny - "never say never" huh?

jAne said...

a good friend of mine makes kombucha.
she asked if i wanted to try it.
i told her i was going to wash her
mouth out with soap.
sorry - just not going down that road.
(yet?)

Mrs.Rabe said...

I don't drink this...Autumn said it tastes like wine...I don't care for wine,so I am not sure I would like to drink this...

Mary Lou Casada said...

Ha! Mrs. R answered my question---what does it taste like!?! LOL Probiotics are said to be grossly missing from our diets; it'd be worth a try, I think! But I'll have to smell it first! :-D
Blessings,
Mary Lou

Danielle said...

Never heard of it!

Amanda said...

Yes Tracy, I remember this from 20 something years ago! My MIL used to make it up and I think from memory I may have had my own batch happening. Can't remember the taste though or how long I persisted with it.

I love those bottles. We have one we use for chilled water in the fridge.

It's funny, but I have seen a resurgence of this kombucha drink/tea... must be coming back into healthy food 'fashion'. Let us know how you go with it...

****** said...

I knew you guys would love it! Glad you are enjoying it! Now I need to find some more people to give scobies to, I am going to have a bunch this batch! If you want another one let me know. :)
Blessings,
Tina

Margo said...

yes, I make it. It's fizzy and good. But don't make it in the winter so much. We got it from the Amish around here :)

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