The first step to making a kombucha recipe is by getting the tough, jelly-like, rubbery texture of kombucha. Read the article for homemade kombucha recipes that can be made with ease…
Disclaimer: Before you want to drink kombucha, it is advised to consult a Naturopathic doctor. And if you are undergoing any medications or are suffering from any severe to mild health issues, it is highly recommended to avoid the consumption of kombucha. This article is for informational purposes only.
What is kombucha? It is a fermented tea which is occasionally consumed for various medical purposes. Although there is a lack of adequate scientific information on kombucha benefits, many cultures have supported the benefits of this tea. This fermented tea is available for purchase in many health food stores often known as the ‘mushroom’. Now before we get to the recipes, let’s take a brief look at what this tea actually is.
If you’re not aware of what kombucha tea is, let me make it clear for you. Kombucha is made from (cultures) colonies of bacteria and yeast; hence calling it kombucha culture. With the addition of appropriate amounts of these two, you can make green or black teas. When you prepare a kombucha tea recipe, it will have an acidic, sweet-sourish, and a bit carbonated taste. The appearance of kombucha is either rubbery white or beige and the texture is similar to a pancake. Now that we have a little more information about what this tea is, why not go over some delicious kombucha tea recipes.
Kombucha is a living organism, and when it grows it adapts to the shape of whichever container it is kept in. Plus, after each layer or kombucha culture is grown, new layers keep forming over the old ones. In order to let the kombucha grow, you need to keep it away from cigarette smoke, metal spoons or containers, extreme temperatures, dust, insects, and oily herbal teas. If you can, while preparing kombucha, use fresh black tea leaves, green tea leaves, white tea leaves, and oolong tea leaves. All these various kinds of tea will enhance the taste of kombucha. Keep these tips in mind while you make the best recipe for you and your family.
- 2 liters boiled water
- 2 black or green tea bags
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cinnamon tea bag
- 1 kombucha culture, healthy
- 1 cup kombucha fermented brew
This is a very basic recipe. In a glass bowl, add sugar and boiled water together. Once the sugar dissolves, add all the tea bags and let them steep for about 15 minutes. Take the tea bags out and let the liquid turn to room temperature. Now, you will add the cup of kombucha fermented brew and healthy kombucha culture in the cool tea and let it float on top. Place a cloth over the bowl and tie a knot. Keep the tightly covered bowl in a place where it won’t be moved from for at least a week. Kombucha doesn’t need light, so you can keep the bowl in the kitchen cabinet as well.
After about 7 to 10 days, the kombucha will be ready. Strain it out but do keep at least 1 cup of the liquid with you. This 1 cup will help you make another batch easily. Place it in a bottle and keep in the refrigerator. It will keep growing and fermenting on its own time.
Honey Kombucha Tea Recipe
- 3 quarts water
- 2 cups starter tea (which you made above)
- 1 cup honey
- ½ cup sugar
In a small pot, boil the 3 quarts of water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Once the temperature of the water comes down to 150°F, add the cup of honey; let it dissolve properly. After the tea has reached room temperature, you can strain it in a glass jug. Now add the starter tea in the pot and transfer it into a glass container. Again cover it with cloth and let it ferment. In about 7 to 10 days, your rubbery kombucha will be ready. Even though this is a great recipe, don’t make it as your starter batch. Follow the basic recipe only.
Peach Kombucha Tea Recipe
Here’s yet another flavorful recipe for you to make. Again, I’d like to remind you that DO NOT use this recipe as your first (starter) batch.
- 2 peach tea bags
- Basic recipe
Follow the exact steps mentioned in the first recipe given above. All you have to do is add the 2 peach tea bags in it as well. Steep for about 15 minutes and remove the tea bags. You can use black and green tea bags to make this recipe. Keep the tea in a glass container and cover it properly. After 7 to 10 days, your kombucha will be ready.
These were three different recipes for making kombucha. As we mentioned earlier about consulting a Naturopathic doctor before you make any of these recipes and drink the tea.