Thursday, May 15, 2008

Yet Another Reason I Like to Make Kombucha



If you don't know by now, I like making kombucha as much as I like drinking it. Maybe more.

According to my local tea vendor, kombucha's origins date back to Chinese Taoist alchemists who were searching for an elixir for mortality. After centuries, that elixir is now available at your local Whole Foods in raspberry and guava flavor. But it's very satisfying to make at home, and if you're in the Boston area I'll even give you a mother to get it started.

In addition to providing an expensive, trendy food product basically for free, home brewed kombucha also makes me feel productive. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, I know that my big glass jar at home is quietly bubbling away, growing stronger.

One thing I realized on my last batch was that I love the sheer volume of the procedure. So much of modern home cooking is in tiny portions that you forget that old recipes call for ingredients by the gallon, or animal. I love making a stockpot of tea proportionally to the amount that I love to make a cup. Stirring my witches brew with a big wooden spoon, I can't help but feel a little alchemy in the air.

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6 comments:

Kate / Kajal said...

U know , i've had this page open since morning , and been wanting to leave a comment ever since , but then i lost my internet connection , and by the time it came , i had to leave to go out. Im back and i still see your post in front of me , and finally i get to comment.
Kombucha ( the name )is new to me , though i have a feeling i might have seen in in the streets in Hong Kong.
Its nice to know that once upon a time, our ancestors would spend their life time trying to get something , and now do to globalization , everything is available at our doorstep.

DJK said...

I love me some Kombucha, too. I also love to brew it. Knowing that I'm making something that will not only taste great but make me healthier gives me pleasure.

Here're my google related blogs.... http://oflifeandliberty.blogspot.com/search?q=kombucha

Come by and have a look!

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