Friday, November 5, 2010
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?