Recently, I asked my friend Melissa Torio to write a post about Kombucha. If you’ve ever wondered what it is? Then this post is for you!
Melissa is a grad of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition (where I got my certification) and she’s a pro at all things kombucha. She even hosts workshops to show how to make it.
Have a read below to learn more and sign-up for one of her classes to make your own!
What is kombucha?
Kombucha (“kuhm·boo·chuh”) is a fizzy, probiotic, living, and functional drink that has many health benefits. It has been around for hundreds of years and is known by different names around the world.
How do you make it?
Kombucha is made with black or green tea, water, sugar, a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast), and a starter.
The SCOBY and some sweet tea ferments together at room temperature in a jar for a week or two. The bacteria and yeast consume the sugar transforming the sweet tea into a fizzy, tart drink.
After that, it’s bottled plain or flavoured with fruit or herbs in a second fermentation. Kombucha is refrigerated to slow down the fermentation process.
Why is it good for us?
This amazing drink contains enzymes, acids, vitamins, and probiotics that help with digestion and detoxification.
It supports gut health and provides immune support. Kombucha is an adaptogenic tonic taken in small amounts to help to balance the body.
What do I need to look for when buying kombucha?
There are so many commercial brands nowadays.
You want to watch out for any added sugar or stevia. Kombucha should be in the refrigerated section. Pick raw and unpasteurized. Probiotics or live organisms provide health benefits.
Some brands pasteurize their product to control the level of residual alcohol and just add back probiotics (Totally defeats the purpose, right?).
Get to know the company and brand and ask questions about how their product is made.
I suggest checking out small local companies. Some local stores or cafes even offer kombucha on tap.
Want to learn how to make it at home?
Save money and learn how to make your own ‘booch at home.
Check out the Kombucha Brewing Guide I wrote for the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Or even better, come and attend one of my in-person kombucha workshops in the Toronto area.
Check out the upcoming schedule of classes here.
Melissa Torio is a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert and Certified Instructor of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.
She is an avid kombucha homebrewer and fermentation enthusiast and aims to help people live healthier and more sustainable lives.
Melissa creates healthy recipes and teaches healthy cooking classes and kombucha workshops in the Toronto area. Connect with her at melissatorio.com.
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