In spirit of Fall time and apple orchards I thought I would try a new Kombucha recipe.
First off, you may be wondering what the heck is Kombucha?! Kombucha is a healthy drink that has many benefits for your brain, heart and especially your gut. Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it contains a large amount of bacteria, known as probiotics. The bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infections and illnesses. So much of our health stems from our gut. You may have heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” There is a lot of truth behind this statement. When you fuel your body properly with good foods and drinks you feel good. When you put crap into your body… you guessed it, you feel like CRAP! 80% of your immune system is located in your gut – drinking kombucha on a regular basis can help you maintain peak immune health.
Kombucha is a fermented beverage consisting of black tea and organic raw sugar that’s used as a functional, probiotic food. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar. After fermentation, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid. The sugar-tea solution is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a “SCOBY” (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Although it’s usually made with black tea, kombucha can also be made with green teas.
I was introduced to kombucha a couple years ago from one of my peers. At first I thought it was a little strange, but than I soon grew to love it. I was spending a lot of money every week buying kombucha from the store. My dear Tommy bought me a SCOBY and kombucha kit for Christmas last year so I could start making my own, and save money! Once you make your first couple batches you get used to the brewing process, and it doesn’t take too long — I am all about efficiency and not being in the kitchen for a long time 😉
First you will need to get a SCOBY (I have a few I can split if you are interested in getting started or you can order on Amazon), organic raw sugar, black or green tea and a gallon glass jar.
Bring 4 cups of water to boil. Place 1 cup of raw organic sugar into water, stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and steep about 8 tea bags for 12-15mins. Make sure the tea is at room temperature (you don’t want to kill your SCOBY). Pour the tea into your glass jar. Fill the jar up with 8 cups of cold filtered water. Carefully place your SCOBY into the jar. Cover the jar with a cloth and secure it with a rubber band. Place the jar into a dark low traffic shelf. Now you wait…..
After about 7-14 days check your kombucha. I like mine best at day 7-9. The longer you wait the more vinegary taste it has. You can now pour into mason jars, leaving about 1/2 inch openfrom the top. Now we flavor the kombucha.
What you need:
- 1 Tbsp apple juice
- 2 Tbsp chopped apple (about 1 quarter of a medium apple)
- 1 tsp of crushed cinnamon stick
- a pinch of nutmeg
Place all the ingredients into each mason jar. Let it ferment for another day or 2 in a dark low traffic area. Place in the fridge when ready to drink to chill it — ENJOY!
Happy Fall and Happy Tummy, be sure to take care of your belly!
With health & love ~
Alex Andrea Wellness