If you have not noticed, I like to make my own foods. Why? A few years ago I was diagnosed with an immune system disorder. My body was attacking my gut and caused a lot of damage. At the time, I was told that I had to make some major changes to my diet. I was on baby food for a few months while a recovered. However, I soon realized that many processed foods were setting off my immune system. Simple things like bread and juices had preservatives that made me sick. I was forced to learn how to produce my own food.
At first, it was extremely intimidating. As a business owner, it is not uncommon to work 12 hour days or 6 days a week. If there was barely time to do laundry how on earth was I going to be able to produce my own foods?
The answer is selecting low maintenance foods and a few cheap appliances. Grab yourself a couple of mason jars, flip top bottles, a sun tea jar, a breadmaker, a crockpot, and a rice cooker. Now you have everything you need to make everything from cheese, yogurt, breads, jams, to kombucha and sodas, and, yes, even beer.
I personally recommend this bread maker. I make everything from pizza dough to jam in it. I usually set it up before heading off to work or before going to bed. It is amazing to wake up or come home to the smell of fresh bread. Do you have Celiac or a gluten intolerance? Experiment with some of the new gluten free flours on the market. They work really well. For about $2, I typically make 2-3 loaves of bread per week.
But that is for another week. This week is about Kombucha. If you have any sort of immune issues or digestive issues, you really need to try out Kombucha.
Those who have regularly partaken of this holy substance have found that Kombucha:
- Boosts Energy
- Improves Digestion
- Strengthens at a Cellular level
- Prevents Acid Reflux
- Assists With Weight Loss
- Improves Sleep
- Relieves Constipation
- Strengthens and restores hair
- Beautifies the skin
- Improves Circulation
- Removes toxicity from the body
- Improves eyesight
- Eases the pain of arthritis
- Relieves seasonal allergies
However, Kombucha can get expensive if you are buying it daily. “It is significantly cheaper to brew it at home. I don’t know about the prices where you are, but an 16oz bottle of Kombucha can go for around $2.99. When you brew your own, the price comes down to about $0.12 per bottle. Pretty amazing.” – www.weedemandreap.com
You will need your sun tea jar, tea (black is better), some sugar for the starter, a starter, a dish towel, a rubber band, and some water. The process takes about a week.
The simple instructions are: bring water to a boil; stir in a cup of sugar; and your tea bags and brew your tea (6-8 bags per gallon) on simmer 3-5 minutes. Remove your brew from the heat and put some place out of the way to cool, oh and remove the bags. I usually go to work or bed and by the time I get back it is at room temperature. This step is critical because you can kill your starter if the tea is too warm. Now, pour tea in to the sun tea jar and add your starter. Place a dish towel over the opening and secure it with a rubber band. Put is somewhere out of the sun for a week. A film will form on the top of the liquid in the jar. This is the starter and can be reused to make more Kombucha. After a week, simply scope out the starter and about 1/4 of the brewed Kombucha. Save this for your next batch. I like to add my finished Kombucha to flip top bottles and then get another batch going right away.
**If your Kombucha is flat or tastes a bit vinegary, add 1/4 parts fruit juice to 3/4 Kombucha. Make sure there is some air space, and put it out of the light for another 2-3 days. Discard any new forming starter (the film).
This recipe is awesome because, after the first batch, the only real cost is the tea and sugar.
Check out the full recipe here from Weed’em and Reap: