The Grandview Woodland Food Connection recently hosted our second and very popular Kombucha workshop. We love Kombucha – it is easy to make, super affordable and best of all very healthy. A fermented tea drink, Kombucha has been around for centuries. The high concentration of b-vitamins, digestive enzymes and glucaric acid in Kombucha are credited with a variety of health effects, including detoxification, improved digestion, increased liver function and more.
3 quarts water
1 cup organic raw sugar
4 black or green tea bags (must have caffeine)
1/2 cup kombucha from a previous batch
1 kombuch scoby or mother starter
Boil water in a large pot. Remove from heat when water comes to a boil. Add tea bags and sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Leave for 15 to 30 minutes and then remove tea bags. Let tea completely cool.
In a large glass jar (1 gallon pickle jar) add the tea mixture to your kombucha mother and starter. Cover the lid with a breathable cloth and elastic. Let sit for 12 – 14 days to ferment on any counter at room temperature. The longer it ferments, the more acidic (vinegary) it will taste. Less time will make it taste sweeter (sugar is not fully converted). When ready, pour into another glass container leaving kombucha mother and ½ cup as starter for your next batch. Put ready mix in the fridge and enjoy when chilled.
If you are looking for a mother starter, call the Grandview Woodland Food Connection and we will be happy to give you one – no cost.