Kombucha Made Simple

Posted on January 7, 2017. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , |

A small bottle of kombucha at the store is $2.99!  A whole gallon homemade costs me maybe $1!

First ferment is a pot of organic tea and a cup of organic cane sugar added to the gallon jar and filled with cool filtered water. Then check the temperature to make sure it’s 110 degrees or lower and add  the scoby with a cup or so of old batch.   When the second scoby has been formed you are ready – about 10 days. You can drink now or do a second ferment.

Different colors are due to the amount of green tea vs. black tea I used.

I do this in individual bottles and I add small pieces of candied  ginger and /or fruit juices and syrups I make. Wait another 10 days for a new tiny scoby to form, cap tightly and refrigerate. Enjoy! It tastes great and fuels the microbiome in our guts. A nice side benefit is you get great tasting drinks for really, really cheap!

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Fermenting for Health

Posted on January 3, 2016. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Today I teach a class on the healthy human microbiome.  That is the 3-4 pounds of microscopic organisms which inhabit our digestive tract, mouth, nose, ears, and the entire exterior surface of our bodies.

Often overlooked as we do things to damage this crucial organ, the microbiome does everything from digesting our food to keeping us happy.  Antibiotics use, stress, gluten, sugar, and junk food consumption all lead to an unhealthy microbiome.

But you can change all that by consuming healthy foods including naturally fermented foods.  These traditional foods have huge doses of additional species to help keep us healthy.  Plus they taste good!  Here’s a link to a recipe for Latin American Curtido Kraut which is especially yummy due to the addition of jalapeños!

I’ve been making yogurt, homemade rootbeer and ginger ale, curtido and other fermented vegetables for awhile now.  My favorite website to get supplies is Cultures for Health.  I get no reward for mentioning them here.  I do like to give a pat on the back, though, to great organizations and this is one of them!

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