Trendy Tuesday: Kombucha Tea
Well hello there trenders! Last week Chanda and I were fighting head colds and we were sure to drink some of our favorite Kombucha tea, it dawned on us all the places that have started selling Kombucha and even some advertisements we saw for classes on how to make your own Kombucha tea- we thought- TREND alert! So if you don’t know what the heck this komonbebucbcuc junk is- no worries! Let us explain 🙂
Let’s start with how to pronounce it: kom-BOO-cha
What Is Kombucha Tea? (info from here)
“Kombucha starts out as a sugary tea, which is then fermented with the help of a scoby. “SCOBY” is actually an acronym for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.” It’s very close cousins to the mother used to make vinegar.
The scoby bacteria and yeast eat most of the sugar in the tea, transforming the tea into a refreshingly fizzy, slightly sour fermented (but mostly non-alcoholic) beverage that is relatively low in calories and sugar.”
Why we drink it?
“For the Probiotics! Kombucha is indisputably full of probiotics and other happy things that our intestines love and that help boost our overall health. It has been known to be a detoxification, helped in joint care, improved digestion and gut health, and immune boosting.”
Is There Alcohol in Kombucha?
“Kombucha does contain a little bit of alcohol as a by-product of the fermentation process. It is usually no more than 1%. Unless you drink a lot of it back to back, you won’t get drunk. But people with alcohol sensitivities should be aware of its presence.”
Here’s a summary of how kombucha is prepared: (click pic above for details)
- Tea is steeped
- Sugar is added to hot tea, then the tea is cooled
- Vinegar or existing kombucha brew is added
- Tea fungus is put in tea
- Tea mix is put into a jar and covered
- Incubated at room temp for 7-10 days (it can ferment for longer than 10 days, but acid levels must be regulated)
- The beverage is passed through a cheesecloth and collected
- During fermentation the taste changes – it’s often compared to carbonated apple cider
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Chanda and I had our stab at the good old greenies to fight our colds with some extra boosts!
We hope you give it a try and enjoy!! You will see them at local grocery stores, natural food stores, co ops and more!