If you’ve not yet tried kombucha (fermented tea), that’s step one. There’s a great company here in Montreal that brews RISE Kombucha. I love it. But it’s not “donner.” It’s a good one to try though, if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about.
Once I was hooked, I bought a kombucha starter from them (a mother, mushroom or Scoby) and started making my own. There’s a slight learning curve, but it’s super easy when you get the hang of it. I promise.
I’ll show you the steps in person, if you’re interested, but if you still need some convincing, then here we go:
Those of us who are “into” healthy eating, eat a lot of things that might not necessarily taste amazing. We do it for the health benefits. Kombucha is not one of these things. The taste is amazing. You get to decide how sour or sweet you like it, how carbonated, and you get to add any flavour you want. Kombucha and or water kefir have replaced pop in many households.
#2 Health Properties
You’re going to see a debate over this point. Limited research has been done on the health properties of this drink. Who would actually benefit from researching a drink that anyone can make at home for pennies…? But the anecdotal evidence speaks for itself: stories of how this “elixir” prevents cancer, heals ulcers, boosts energy and aids metabolism. What we do know for sure is the organic acids and nutrients in this tasty drink (B-vitamins, antioxidants, glucosamines …) do aid digestion, preserve cartilage structure and and contribute to overall good health. I invite you to come up with your own anecdotal evidence!
As mentioned above, buying kombucha can get costly. Saving money is one of the biggest reasons I make my own fermented foods. Once you have your Scoby (which you can often acquire for free) the cost to make kombucha is next to nothing. All you need is sugar, tea and water.
If you want to learn how to make your own “booch,” there are a couple spots left in my upcoming workshop. I’ll be servin’ up a great big mama scoby.
Here’s a post about the first time I ever heard of the stuff: Rise Kombucha Giveaway