Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fun with Fermentation

kombucha SCOBY
Kombucha SCOBYs
My first attempt at kombucha was a success!  If you're not familiar with kombucha -

Kombucha is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened black tea that is used as a functional food. It is produced by fermenting the tea using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or "SCOBY"(Wikipedia).

A while back I asked my sister, the fermentation pro, for some SCOBYs for myself and a couple other bloggers.  Following her instructions and additional tips found online, I brewed some tea and made a surprisingly tasty batch of kombucha!  With subsequent batches I may try second fermentations with fruit or to make it fizzy, but for a first run, I'm happy with the simple raw, unflavored result :)

homemade sauerkraut
Homemade sauerkraut

On the same note, I'm also a week into fermenting my first batch of sauerkraut -- one more week to go, but so far -- looking good!  Being Lithuanian - this one I'm especially looking forward to trying:)

Any attempts with fermentation?  
What's your favorite fermented food?


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2 comments:

  1. I was surprised how tasty the kombucha is, looking forward to trying the sauerkraut, preferably with brats! :)

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  2. Mmmm. Sauerkraut. Love it, cold. My Mother made it in an old fashioned crock when I was a kid - it smelled awful!

    I haven't tried Kombucha... yet!

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