Kombucha from the store is a delicious treat, I was wondering if I could make something *just as good* at home. I can! And the good news is that it is super easy, costs very little per batch, and after you buy (or make) the SCOBY, it’s made with what you most likely have on hand anyway.
To see how I’m making continuous brew kombucha, check out this post. This post is talking about the second ferment, the first ferment is with the sweet tea and kombucha SCOBY, this second ferment adds a bit more sugar through fresh or dried fruit, fruit juice, or honey. It’s also bottled with an air tight seal, to produce the carbonation.
Here are the three easy steps to make fizzy sweet kombucha
1. Get out and wash (just ‘kitchen clean’ is fine- no need to sterilize) the desired number of mason jars. You can do them in whatever size you want, I used 8 ounce (found here) because kombucha is a probiotic treat, not something that I feel I need to ingest in high quantities.
Choose what sweetener you are going to use to flavor your kombucha. I used half frozen mangos here, half 100% juice cranberry-apple. Both are delicious, I like the mango a little better though.
2. Add a piece of fruit (I added a few) or fill your cups 1/8th or so full with juice. Add kombucha (made with the continuous brew method, or single batch method) to 1/2 inch or so below the top of the jar to allow head space.
3. Place regular canning lids on, or any lid (many people re-use kombucha bottles from the store) that gets an air tight seal. *note: these are not heat sealed, they’re just screwed on tight* Allow to sit 24-72 hours, or until you hear a pop when you break the seal from the carbonation. This will take less time when it’s warmer, more time when it’s cooler. Transfer to the fridge and enjoy right out of the jar within a week or so to prevent the carbonation to continue building and creating a kombucha explosion.
After removing kombucha from your continuous brew, you’ll want to replace the lost volume with an equal amount of sweet tea again, to continue the process.
Easy, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to trying a bunch of different flavors each time we do this!
Who doesn’t love spring? We’re getting out the bikes, cleaning out and scrubbing the house, and adding more fresh veggies to our diets. I’ve been busy with family things and writing a new e-book, but I wanted to give you some links that I know you’d enjoy, and a short update about what our family is enjoying right now.
- The gut-everything connection is catching on – see how scientists are seeing the connection between gut flora and crohn’s disease, extended breastfeeding and good gut health, the importance of baby’s first contact with bacteria, and how one person got rid of fibromyalgia with a gut healing diet.
- Nourished Kitchen has a beautiful brand new cookbook! Buy it here, and learn more here. I’m planning on keeping it out in my kitchen, to spark conversation about traditional foods with those who stop by. Books can be the best conversation starters!
- Cleaning: More sunshine means those dark corners and their dustbunnies are harder to ignore. DIY Nontoxic Cleaning Recipes is your best source for homemade cleaning recipes. Nourishing Minimalism has checklists to help you declutter (tip: Do this before you clean so there’s less to mess with).
- Shopping: I just tried Zulilly, and I’m addicted. It’s like shopping at Ross, but from your home! When I only had one child I didn’t mind checking Ross, TJMaxx, etc, every time I did errands to see what was a good price, but lately I just haven’t had the desire to haul everyone to and from the car unless I *know* a store is going to have what I need to buy. Click here to check it out – you have to sign up, but membership is free.
- Crafts: We’re going to make some tissue paper flowers for May Day, I love tissue paper for spring crafts, the colors are bright and they let the pretty light through!
- A year ago on the blog: Transitioning onto GAPS 5-4-3-2-1 as well as Transitioning off of GAPS 1-2-3-4-5.
- Thyroid issues? Second Opinion: Thyroid Sessions is starting in May, it’s a free online conference by Sean Croxton who is hands-down my favorite real food podcaster to listen to. Free to listen, sign up here now so you don’t miss out!
- Exercise: I have this attachment for my bike, for my daughter to ride along with. We’re checking tire pressure and just had to buy a size-up helmet for each kid to get ready for spring and we’re looking forward to biking again!
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