Kombucha!!!

Kombucha Scoby Hotel

I have been enjoying drinking fizzy cold Kombucha this very very hot summer. I have been making my own Kombucha for a few months now. Lately I have been having problems with mold and having to throw the entire batch out. Luckily, I started a Scoby Hotel before the mold stuck so I had extra scobys to start a new batch.

Here is how I make it. I boil 1 gallon of water and place 12 organic green tea bags in the water. I let it brew for about 10 minutes. Then I take out the tea bags and add 1 cup of sugar to the tea. Stir to dissolve. Then I add 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This is something you don’t have to do but it helps to prevent the mold. Then it has to sit until it is room temperature. This part is critical. If the tea is just the slightest bit too hot it will kill the scoby. Then add 2 cups of Kombucha from previous batch (if you have any or buy some unflavored Kombucha) and add a scoby. Put a coffee filter on the top of the jar so it can breathe. Wait 5 to 15 days and there should be a nice new white scoby that has formed on top. Be sure that new scoby has no mold on it. If it looks good, then it should be ready. I pour some fruit juice in self sealing soda jars and then pour in the Kombucha. I set the soda jars out on the counter for a few days, burping the jars at least once or twice, then putting them in the refrigerator to chill. Once cold they are ready to drink!

Here is a new batch of Kombucha that I just started. The new scoby has not formed on the top yet.

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This jar has a spigot at the bottom to make it easy to dispense the Kombucha. This type of glass jar can be used for continuous brew Kombucha which is what I have been trying out.

I know it doesn’t look the greatest while it is brewing but it is a really good healthy drink with lots of good for you probiotics. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed! Happy Kombucha brewing!!!

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Hot Days Call For Sweet Tea!!

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It is going to be a hot, hot day today.  As a matter of fact this summer has been very hot and very dry.  We are having a terrible drought.  One way to quench your thirst is to fix up a big pitcher of sweet tea.  It is so easy to do and pretty quick.  Now I don’t make anymore quick trips to Mickey D’s for their sweet tea!  I make my own!

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First thing is to boil 3 cups of water.  I know that looks more like 2 cups but do as I say, not as I do.  Does that make sense?

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Put two family size tea bags in the boiling water and boil for one more minute.  Leave the tea bags in the water for 10 minutes.  After ten minutes, take out the tea bags and throw them away.  Or you could sprinkle some of the tea leaves on your plants outside.  They say it is good for your plants.

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Add 1/2 cup of sugar to the hot tea.  Stir until the sugar has dissolved.  Pour this mixture into a heat-proof pitcher or container.  Be careful because if you pour this into a regular glass pitcher it will break.  I use a large plastic container that fits perfectly in the door of my refrigerator.

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Add 7 cups of cold water to the hot sweet tea mixture and stir.

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Grab yourself a glass and put some ice cubes in it and fill it up with some sweet tea.  Sit down, put your feet up, turn up the AC and enjoy your sweet tea!

Yogurt Pistachio Smoothies

mmmm……I love smoothies.
Blend 2 cups plain yogurt, 1/2 cup water, 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger, 1/2 cup salted pistachios, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper and 4 ice cubes until smooth. Divide among glasses. Garnish with 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios. Serves 4-6