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What is Kombucha?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Since some of you asked . . . . . Kombucha is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea.

About a year ago, I was looking for a replacement for soda pop and came across kombucha and dozen other interesting drinks. I tried making some of the beverages, including ginger ale/beer, kefir. Nothing rang my bell.

One day I bought a bottle of kombucha at my local health food store. It was really tasty. Sparkly. Interesting. It sounded like a 'good for me' healthy alternative. And that rang my bell.

However, $3.89 for a 16 ounce bottle does not fit my budget. I began researching and found it was easy enough to make, so I started brewing at home.

I've experimented with different teas, and adding fruit, juices, etc. For the holidays, I've been adding cranberries or cranberry juice.

It's fun, easy enough to make and it's yummy. A great alternative to soda.

Like everything else out there, there's a lot of mixed reports about kombucha. Some people claim it can cure cancer and grow hair on your chest (I exaggerate to make a point) while others (like Mayo Clinic) say there is no evidence that it does anything at all.

So, to each their own.

If you're interested and want to check it out, I urge you to do so. I've been brewing for about a year and a half and have done a lot of research and experimenting. If you want to give it a try, I'll be happy to pass along some helpful hints that worked for me.

Meanwhile, I'd like to make a toast - To your health!

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