How to make Kombucha at home

This is much simpler than you may think.

 

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Cocktails anyone?

Here is what you will need ~

Filtered water ( too much chlorine in the water can spoil the yeast)

Gallon container or quart jars (glass)

Large pot

Rubber bands

muslin squares ( I make mine from dishtowels that I purchase at Ikea)

Black Organic tea bags

Organic raw cane sugar ( non gmo)

Ginger tea bags ( optional)

Scoby ( symbiotic  culture of bacteria and yeast) ( optional but helpful for faster brewing.

If you have a friend who makes Kombucha, ask for a piece of their “scoby” or “mother”.)

 

One cup of live Kombucha with the mother. You can find it at the health food store or your local grocer. This will help create your new scoby if you have one or not.

 

Instructions:

 

Boil one to two gallons of filtered water.

 

Add 8 Organic tea bags and let steep until a rich brown color.

 

Add 1-2 cups of sugar and stir until dissolved. ( 2 is better)

 

Let cool to room temperature.

 

Remove tea bags

 

Add one cup of kombucha ( this can be your starter if you don’t have a scoby.  Brewing time may take longer.)

Add your scoby.

 

Pour into large jar or crock.

 

Cover top with muslin and secure with rubber band.

 

Let sit in a place where it will not be disturbed for a week or more.

 

After one week, taste for doneness.

 

It should be bubbly, and have a tart but sweet taste.

 

When it achieves desired taste, decant into smaller bottles with lids and refrigerate.

Healthful benefits:

Cleans the liver

Creates beneficial bacteria in the gut.

helps reduce alcohol cravings

Aids in weight loss.

Good to use for a detox.

Has more beneficial bacteria than store bought.

Improves bowel health

Helpful tips:

Since I keep Kombucha on hand as a daily tonic I use a water crock with a spigot for easy decanting into bottles.

 

It helps to save glass drink bottles with reuseable lids for easy decanting.  I save store-bought kombucha bottles with the wide mouth.

 

Let scoby grow and thicken for more effective brewing.  ( I rinse my scoby and rinse out the crock between brewing sessions).

 

The yeast culture feeds on the sugar, so it’s okay for diabetics. ( consult your doctor) Once it is finished brewing ( about one week), there should be very little sugar content.

The yeast culture ( scoby) will form a new seal each time you make a new batch.  Don’t worry if the one that you put in initially floats to the bottom.  It is there to support the new scoby that will form and may eventually float to the top.

The scoby is not pretty, but you should think of it as your friend.  It is setting up the beneficial bacteria for your gut that will work to heal you from the inside out.

Oily, flavored teas will interfere with the fermenting process.

Many people have been able to stop a soda addiction by replacing their soda with home-brewed kombucha.

If the kombucha turns into a vinegar ( this will happen is it sits longer than one week) you can use it on your salad!

Please leave a comment with any questions.  I would love to get your feedback.

 

Happy Brewing!

All of the opinions expressed in this article are my own and do not attempt to advise or treat any illness.  Please consult your doctor.  Mahalo!

Easy 3 Bean Salad

Upon arriving home, after four months in Hawaii, my mind is flooded with a huge to-do-list…

Start new job

Redecorating

Cleaning

Make new slipcover for chair

Reorganize wardrobe for work

Bring more green into room

Finish painting bedside table

and the list goes on….I really just want to dive in and re-do every room!

But what keeps looming over my head, is the thought of how to keep a mostly “raw food diet” going in accordance with working a full-time job.

My first week, I purchased a stack of ready- made salads from the grocery store but wasn’t happy throwing the plastic containers into the trash everyday.  I was glad to have the convenience though.

Work lunch has to be fairly simple, but completely satisfying, as my focus will be upon learning everything I can about the business, going through their four week training program, and adjusting to working a 40 hour work week.

Not too heavy…living food that energizes…Keeps me alert…stays with me to the end of the work shift.

 

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3 bean salad in a Mason jar

 

So, today, I’ve inventoried the fridge and all of the cupboards to see what I have.

I’ll be making a three bean salad, a carrot salad ( find my recipe here), and some flax seed crackers ( here).

I’ve been making this easy three bean salad since my kids were little and even now that they’re adults, they still request it.

I love it’s versatility, as it can be eaten alone, on a bed of greens, easily transported to work in a mason jar, and is great to take along on picnics and family gatherings.

Easy 3 Bean Salad Recipe

Combine the following ~

1 can garbanzo beans ( rinsed and drained)

1 can cut green beans ( drained)

1 can black or kidney beans ( rinsed and drained)

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 tsp black pepper

1 Tablespoon dry sweet basil ( rubbed between hands to bring out the flavor)

1/4 cup raw red onion chopped

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar ( with the mother)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

After mixing, let it marinate in the fridge for at least one hour to bring out the flavors and give them a chance to blend.

 

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Serving suggestion

Shown above on a bed of fresh spinach with raw crinkle cut butternut squash , and your favorite dressing.

 

Enjoy!

 

Superfood ~ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_4723No dairy, Gluten free, Low Glycemic, Delicious, Superfood Recipe.

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Preheat oven 200 degrees Fahrenheit ( use convection setting if available)

Line baking pans with parchment paper

Ingredients ~

14 oz. or approximately 2 cups of Golden Flax Meal

1 Tablespoon dry ground psyllium powder

2 Tbsp chia seed

1 tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients above

Add 2 1/2 cups water

stir and set aside one hour

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In a separate bowl combine

2 mashed bananas

1 cup raw honey

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1tsp vanilla

Mix until creamy.

Combine both mixtures

Add 2 cups instant oatmeal

Mix with oiled hands

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add

63% CACAO CHOCOLATE CHIPS

1 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

form into patties or cookie shape

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SLOW BAKE IN OVEN, FLIPPING AFTER 30 – 60 MINUTES  cook until desired tenderness  the beauty of this, is that you can’t burn them!

PLEASE NOTE;  THESE COOKIES ARE DEHYDRATED IN A SLOW OVEN TO PRESERVE THE LIVING FOOD.

THE BODY NATURALLY KNOWS WHEN TO STOP EATING THESE COOKIES!  TRY IT FOR YOURSELF.

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Watermelon Zinger! Got Juice?

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When Auntie Deelee comes to town ~ it’s never a dull moment! You can read about her beach cottage tour here.

Not only is she a fantastic cook, engaging conversationalist, and all around positive person, she’s into a lot of the same things that I’m into, like healthy food, meditation, always learning about  new things, and viewing life as an on-going adventure.  ( I’m trying to talk her into starting her own blog!)

Auntie Deelee’s sage advice :

The practice of yoga postures takes you closer to meditation.

What is life without meditation?

In other words, if you are having trouble getting into meditation, get started with a yoga practice.

Then you will naturally move with ease into meditation, by stilling the body, the breath, and the mental chatter first.

Meditation is the key to happiness no matter where you are in your life’s journey ~ Cottage Necessities

Don’t wait!  Start Now.

Now here’s the delicious Summer juice that she made one day ~ I got so excited just by the beautiful coral color that I immediately staged a photo shoot.

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Watermelon Zinger ~

In a juicer combine the following

1 watermelon ~ no rind

1 pineapple ~ peeled

1 large ( the size of your hand) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled

Fresh juice brings happiness to the soul.

Try it and see!

 

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Watermelon Zinger with Ginger Goji Berry Cookies

 

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