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Friday, April 12, 2013

Kombucha {Foodie Friday}

I've been making and drinking kombucha (somewhat sporadically) for about three months now.  I quit drinking it for about three weeks straight and toward the end of those three weeks I got the first stomach bug I've had since I was 15.  I don't know if the two are connected or not, but it's an interesting coincidence.

I've already written a post with some basic information on kombucha and the making of it, so check out that post if you want some more detailed info!

Recently I made my own SCOBY.  (What's a SCOBY?  Click here to read all about it!)  I had let my big one go bad (don't EVER do that, by the way, the smell is nasty), but I still had some already-made kombucha with "bits" of SCOBY in it in the fridge.  So I added about 1/3 cup of sugar to a cup or so of kombucha, put it in a warm place (on top of one of the heating vents in the floor), and let it hang out there for about a week.  Sure enough: at the end of the week I had my very own mother SCOBY floating on top, and I made it myself!

This was a pretty exciting breakthrough.  It's good to know that even if I don't make kombucha for a while, I just have to keep some of it back and I can always make a new SCOBY.

I thought of several other food items that started with "K" that I could have used, like kale (still meaning to buy some and make chips, like my mom does), kefir (haven't made that yet either...maybe someday), kiwi (yum, but how many recipes use kiwi?), kebobs (I didn't have time today to write a whole recipe post), kidney beans (I cook them myself, starting with dry ones, in a pot or slowcooker--so much cheaper and better for you than the canned), or key lime pie (the thought of which is making my mouth water, but again, no time for recipe-making/writing lately).

...that's what was going through my head when I was trying to come up with a post I could write in a hurry today.  Homework has been catching up with me lately.  Maybe next week will be better... Q!  What on earth will I come up with for a food that begins with Q?!?

You'll just have to come back and find out. :)


8 comments:

  1. Interest coincidence about your tummy bug and the drink. You must be very busy with studies and the A to Z.
    Enjoy your week-end.
    Yvonne.

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    1. It has been interesting, balancing school, housework, hubby time, and dedicated daily writing! :)

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  2. I've never heard of Kombucha and I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try it either. Interesting post though!
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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    1. It is some pretty fantastic stuff, although for many it is an acquired taste. :) I encourage you to give it a try and see what you think!

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  3. Its the first time I heard of it as well, but it does sound good, with all the health benefits. I also like the sound of the Kale chips, might be a way to get my son eating more greens. I have listed your blog in my L post today, Blessings to you for the weekend.

    Amanda - Realityarts-Creativity
    Art Blog

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    1. Thank you so much, Amanda! I stopped by your blog! Kale chips are yummy...you can Google the recipe :)

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  4. Another fermented food with a K is Kimchi, which I love. I heard an interview with Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation, on NPR, and Kombucha sounded interesting.

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    1. I've heard of that but never tried it! Might have to look into that! Thanks for commenting :)

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