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Here are some of the benefits of eating this salad. Apples help to activate the muscle cell insulin receptors keeping blood sugar levels in better balance. Strawberries have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries have compounds called proanthocyanidins that prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract, preventing UTI's. Walnuts also have a positive effect on thermogenesis. Thermogenesis helps to increase your metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories), suppress your appetite, and promote weight loss. Kefir & Kombucha are probiotic powerhouses that give you tons of probiotics. All of the fruits are prebiotics and the kefir and kombucha are probiotic so this salad has numerous benefits!
I love beets and they're an incredible food so I drink beet juice often. Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.
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Watching tea turn into kombucha is quite a thing to behold. You give it the ingredients and let it work its magic. Billions of microbes and yeasts transform the tea into a bubbly probiotic tea that you will love. When you first start making kombucha you might be concerned and not know what to expect…(Read More)

This is a time-lapse video I did to show you how a SCOBY forms in your kombucha. It’s quite a beautiful thing to behold with all the bacteria and yeasts dancing around in the jar. I hope you enjoy it. This was a project done with love, and I was so surprised by…(Read More)

Kombucha is an amazing drink. Sales have grown to be over 600 million dollars, and this was all done strictly by word of mouth. I have watched it grow and I’ve also witnessed the major soda beverage companies start to lose their credibility and hit a 30 year low in sales as people wake…(Read More)

Do you wonder when your kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables are done fermenting? I have a few tips to help you understand how and when they’re at the perfect place with lots of probiotics and will taste the best. There’s a little science behind this, and since culturing your food is an artisanal…(Read More)

Kombucha is a wonder drink. This fermented tea has been around for centuries and is legend in many countries such as China, Russia, and Korea. There are even stories that Genghis Khan drank it often and gave it to the men in his armies.  It can become a part of your life very quickly and…(Read More)

One of the reasons your kombucha may not be bubbly is because it’s fermented for too long. The good yeasts in kombucha eat the sugar and then release carbon dioxide. This is what creates carbonation. If you let it ferment too long the kombucha go flat. If you don’t let it get vinegary…(Read More)

Your house is probably on the cooler end of the spectrum, and kombucha takes longer to ferment at lower temperatures. Just leave it to ferment longer. I use a brew belt for a dependable temperature. You can also use a heating pad, but brew belts provide a consistent temperature that is more easily controlled than…(Read More)

Stay Healthy – Drink Kombucha During Cold and Flu Season Kombucha is a wonderful probiotic drink and something you should really consider drinking daily during cold and flu season. The special probiotic yeast in kombucha (Saccharomyces boulardii, which cannot be killed by antibiotics) can help you stay healthy when viruses are all around you. This…(Read More)

Holiday Hibiscus Kombucha


This recipe is a twist on our classic Hibiscus Kombucha! We normally use plain teas for our basic brews but the mulling spices and hibiscus petals have worked wonderfully in this first ferment, just in time for the holidays!

Gingerbread Kombucha


The unique gingerbread taste in this kombucha comes from molasse. There are many types of molasses on the market, for this recipe, make sure to use organic blackstrap molasses.It has many health benefits that have been refined out of other types of mollasses, including high amounts of copper, calcium, magnesium and iron. Plus its loaded with B vitamins that make your hair and beautiful and strong.

Strawberry Sage Kombucha


Sage is one of my favorite herbs. Fresh sage is the most flavorful as compared to dried and the sage plant is beautiful with pretty red flowers. You can use the leaves to make tea, which has been called the "thinker's tea" and even helps ease depression. So I place them in kombucha to produce a similar benefit.

When you’re brewing kombucha, you need to feed the microbes so they can make probiotics. Sugar is the fuel source for these hungry critters. Always remember that the sugar is for those little microbes and not for you. They consume the sugar and then make probiotics and naturally occurring carbonation through the process of…(Read More)

Chocolate Coffee Kombucha


This recipe calls for either raw cacao or cocoa powder. Both are fermented foods. Cacao is made by cold pressing unroasted cocoa beans. This process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that's been roasted at a higher temperature. The extra sugar in this recipe is food for the kombucha and will be consumed by the end of fermentation.

Blood Orange Kombucha


Blood oranges are wonderful and full of unique flavor. They are less acidic than regular oranges and I think they have a raspberry taste that is wonderful in kombucha. Blood oranges also have folic acid, B9, which aids in the prevention of heart disease and cancers. Adequate folic acid also prevents birth defects.

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits. Kombucha vinegar is very similar and has many of the same properties.  This recipe uses the convenience of  kombucha to speed up the process of making vinegar and uses apple scraps to give it that tangy apple taste. Apple cider vinegars are made with crushed apples that are…(Read More)

I like to make this recipe during apple season when apples are abundant and I will be collecting a lot of apple scraps from baking and juicing!

Lavender Kombucha


Lavender has been used orally to treat nervousness, depression and headache, as well as loss of appetite and nausea. It a wonderful flavor in kombucha and quite refreshing.You can make this Kombucha 2 different ways.

So, you all keep asking . . . What do I do with all these SCOBYs?! If you are anything like me, you have a pile of SCOBYs in a massive SCOBY hotel just waiting . . . It feels somehow wrong to throw them away when you have taken care of them and watched…(Read More)

Cinnamon Date Kombucha


This is a great kombucha to have in the morning. Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. If you’re looking for fiber, potassium, or copper look no further than dates. Together with kombucha, this is a lovely drink and a great holiday drink, too!

Licorice Kombucha


If you like licorice then you'll love this kombucha. Special spices make it taste just like licorice and it's super easy and delicious! It's pretty too!

Pomegranate Kombucha


You can make this recipe with Pomegranate juice or pomegranate seeds or both! The seeds give the kombucha a delightfully crunchy surprise. If this isn't to your liking replace with 2 ounces of juice.

Jun! The Champagne of Kombucha! For some of you, this culture is old news . . . for others, you may have never heard of it. Jun is a cultured food similar to kombucha but supposedly its own separate thing. It is brewed with a SCOBY culture that is light in color and is made…(Read More)

Jun Kombucha


Traditional "Jun" is said to be a completely different culture than kombucha.  Jun is made with honey and green tea. There are some who believe it is just a hybrid of the traditional kombucha SCOBY. In any case, this is our kombucha version of Jun and to learn more check out this blog: Jun! New Culture or Honey Kombucha Hybrid?

Pomelo Kombucha


I had a difficult time finding store bought Pomelo juice so I juiced this myself and it worked great! Just make note that fresh juice usually ferments faster that pasteurized juice.

A recent study, published in the journal PNAS, suggested that bacteria in the gut may play a role in alcohol addiction and the risk of relapsing after rehab. The study was done on 60 alcohol-dependent individuals. They tested their intestinal bacteria composition and found that 26 out of the 60 alcohol-dependent subjects suffered…(Read More)

A Moscow Mule is a cocktail made with spicy ginger blended with lime juice and garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. It is usually served in a copper mug and served with vodka. We omit the vodka and make a yummy probiotic drink instead. If you REALLY like ginger, try using our Lemon Ginger Kombucha for this recipe to add even more of a punch. You can also make this recipe using fermented ginger beer or ginger kefir soda!

Yerba Mate Tea Kombucha


There are many health benefits to yerba mate tea and it is revered in the tea world as an energy booster. Many who are sensitive to caffeine say that even though yerba mate is high in caffeine they don’t get the side effects like they might from coffee. It is an acquired taste for…(Read More)

The legend goes . . . in China, 2727 BC, the Emperor Shen Nong, who was known as “the divine healer,” was boiling his water to clean out impurities. The pot was underneath a tea bush and several leaves fell into the pot. The pot had such a wonderful fragrance, color, and taste that the…(Read More)

Jasmine pearls create a lovely floral flavor with your brew. We like it so much we rarely second ferment it!

White Tea Kombucha


White Tea is a delicate tea and will create a very mildly sour tasting brew. Although you normally only brew white tea a few minutes, make sure that when using it for kombucha you brew it for at least 10 minutes. This will ensure the appropriate amount of tannins are in the brew to produce a healthy SCOBY.
You can use any flavor base to make this Cherry Vanilla 2nd ferment. But I really liked the delicious sweeter tones of the Rooibos Kombucha!
I have tried everyway to make this recipe and this is the only one that worked. Coconut milk hardened and left a strong flavor, coconut water wasn't strong enough. But this coconut extract was just right!

Spicy Lemon Kombucha


Lemon kombucha is crazy delicious, but add a little jalapeno and you'll get a kick! Jalapenos have lots of vitamin C and capsaicin. Capsaicin has impressive health benefits with its anti-inflammatory and vasodilator properties that promote healthy blood flow. It also appears to turn off NF-kB, a protein that promotes tumor growth.

Kombucha Toner


Use your over-fermented kombucha for this wonderful toner!

Grapefruit Mint Kombucha


I like to use bottled juice with this recipe because it gives a better, less strong flavor and doesn't cause explosions. If you do use fresh grapefruit juice, only ferment 2-5 days.

Rose Kombucha


One of the benefits of rose petals is their high amount of vitamin C. They are known to clear out toxins from the body. They help with digestion and sore throats and they taste wonderful.

Pink Lemonade Kombucha


Cranberries and lemons are very low in natural sugars so I add a half teaspoon of sugar to each bottle to create more overall fizz.

Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it but taste it? You can taste the beauty and energy of the earth in every bite. A Bright Orange Liquid I was young, nine years old, and sitting in a classroom staring at my teacher’s desk. She had a thermos; and from…(Read More)

Carrot Kombucha


This kombucha is super bubbly and loaded with antioxidants and lots of vitamin A. I think carrots are something special and that we should include them in our diets as much as possible. I love the flavor of fresh carrots. Nothing shouts, "Get back to your roots!" quite like carrots.

This is a live kombucha scoby and 1 cup of starter liquid. I highly recommend getting a live kombucha starter and one that has been used actively. I really want you to be successful and if you have my starter, I know you will. This starter has been made with a combination of green and…(Read More)

Is kombucha good for you? Is it alcoholic? As of late, kombucha has been getting a lot of press. Kombucha has become a 0.6 billion dollar industry and is causing quite a stir in the beverage business. Its popularity has grown strictly by word of mouth and is growing at an incredible rate. Even…(Read More)

Cherry Hibiscus Kombucha


Cherries naturally reduces inflammation through a compound compound called anthocyanins. Cherries have been shown to deliver high-level protection against inflammatory and degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Hibiscus Tea Kombucha


This is a recipe/tea option for first fermenting your kombucha, although we don't normally recommend using herbal or floral teas as a base for kombucha. The plain dried Hibiscus flower works great alongside green or black tea and creates a wonderful fruity flavor much like a natural version of kool-aid! Kids, especially, love this recipe.

Matcha Tea Kombucha


Matcha literally means “powdered tea.” When you drink traditional green tea, dried leaves get infused into the hot water, then the leaves are removed from the tea. With Matcha tea, you’re drinking the actual leaves finely ground into a powder that dissolves in the water. This makes it a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. Remember: always use good bottles made for brewing.

Elderberry Kombucha


Elderberry syrup has been used for many years for the prevention of colds and flu. Combined with kombucha you get an extra boost and a crazy delicious drink that you will love, love! Remember: always use good bottles made for brewing.

Acai Kombucha


This is a reddish-purple berry. It comes from the acai palm tree. Some studies show that acai is even richer in antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries. I love the flavor and color and I think you will like it too! I also have a kefir acai bowl recipe in the recipe section.

Grape Kombucha


Grape kombucha is one of the most popular kombucha flavors. The grapes add a wonderful full rich flavor. In our home we have made many bottles of grape kombucha. I have also had a few bottles explode and hit the ceiling several times. Grapes ferment really well! We now have permanent grape stains on our kitchen ceiling after my husband announced it was going to be a landmark in our home. He fixed the ceiling stains twice and wasn't fixing it again, lol.

Cranberry Chai Kombucha


Cranberry juice has many health benefits, including relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, and kidney stones. It can also help in the prevention iof gum diseases caused by dental plaque. Cranberry juice kombucha has the added benefit of assisting with liver detoxification. Remember: Always use good bottles made for brewing.

Pineapple Kombucha


Fresh pineapple juice and fruit can ferment too quickly and get a yeasty flavor. Keep an eye on this brew as it can get really fizzy. After you burp your bottle and if it's fizzy place in the fridge immediately. Always use good bottles for brewing.

Pumpkin Juice Kombucha


My daughter Maci says this is the most bubbly kombucha she has ever made. It's crazy good, too!

Faux “Coffee” Kombucha


This is a great alternative for those who don't drink coffee. It tastes similar to coffee and is quite delicious. This may brew faster depending on the temperature in your home.

Kombucha Mayonnaise


This mayo is fantastic. The taste is delicious and there are no chemicals or preservatives. Store-bought mayo can't compete.

I get an overabundance of kombucha SCOBYs (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). Every time you make a pot of kombucha you get another SCOBY. So what to do with them?  I usually just put them in my garden. The plants love the B vitamins in the kombucha SCOBYs and they seem to nurture the…(Read More)

Raspberry Mint Kombucha


Fresh raspberries give this a colorful and tangy twist. The raspberries do fade as it ferments but the benefits remain.

Kombucha Arnold Palmer


This refreshing drink, made with lemonade and iced tea, was made famous by the golfer, Arnold Palmer. We just switched the iced tea to fermented iced tea, added lemon juice, and oh my, my!! It's cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.
We dipped the rim of the glass in smoky artisan sea salt for an extra kick. Stick a few spears of fermented celery in this drink and give it even more probiotics!
Fresh basil is fabulous with blueberries. You can duplicate the taste any other way and a splash of lemon is a great add on too!
Strawberries and kombucha are a perfect match. The flavor of strawberries creates one of the best tasting kombucha's. Add a splash of lemon and serve over ice for a refreshing treat.

Sunshine Kombucha


I love the flavors in this kombucha, but the turmeric is the real hero. Turmeric is a huge anti-inflammatory agent and omega-3 booster. In addition, they are studying its possible role as an aid for prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. You can buy whole pieces of turmeric root in most grocery stores. Ask your grocery clerk - you've probably never noticed it.
Cucumber juice is diuretic, encouraging waste removal through urination. This also helps in the dissolution of kidney stones. Combine this with Kombucha, which helps your liver detox, and you have a powerful combo and refreshing drink!

Here is one of the very first videos I ever made. The first half of the video explains why I started drinking kombucha and how much it helped my family and me. The second half shows the process of how to actually make kombucha. I hope you enjoy the video and you will learn not…(Read More)

Last year on my thirtieth wedding anniversary we took a cruise to the Caribbean and stopped in Cozumel, Mexico. We took a Salsa Salsa class where we made lots of salsa, guacamole, and Margaritas. We had so much fun and since I don’t really drink, but loved the taste of Margaritas, I wanted a…(Read More)

Donna’s Kombucha Starter FREE SHIPPING! This is a live kombucha scoby and 1 cup of starter liquid. I highly recommend getting a live kombucha starter and one that has been used actively. I really want you to be successful and if you have my starter, I know you will. This starter has been made…(Read More)

Ginger is powerful medicine! I have been consuming ginger every day and found it to be very effective in helping with any kind of inflammation – especially hay fever in the springtime. Ginger is anti-viral and anti-inflammatory as well as being a powerful antiseptic and antihistamine. They say it works powerfully on allergies to…(Read More)

Ginger Kombucha


Consume lots of ginger if you have hay fever or allergies. It works so wonderfully, you'll be amazed!

This is how you make super fizzy kombucha! There’s nothing better than bubbly fruit flavored kombucha. For those of you who don’t want to spend the money to buy it, you can make it. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine was in a bad car wreck. He actually broke the…(Read More)

Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe. My husband is used to my crazy new ideas and has become accustomed to my enthusiasm for whatever happens to be my latest discovery. He goes along for the ride but never jumps in with both feet until coaxed. Kombucha…(Read More)

Kombucha, pronounced kôm-bo͞o-CHA, is a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. The good bacteria and yeasts eat the sugar out of the tea and make probiotics and then produce a naturally-occurring carbonation. You don’t get tons of sugar because the bacteria eats…(Read More)

The bubbly kombucha wasn’t opened yet. But there was an audience to watch I assure you. This is the process at my house. My daughter Maci got married and moved to a farm with her husband. She has a couple apple trees and she’s making tons of recipes with apples in them. Before…(Read More)

Candy Cane Kombucha


Make sure you buy organic candy canes from your local health store. These won't have the harmful red dyes in them.

Coffee Kombucha


This is the same recipe you would use when you are making regular kombucha except you use coffee instead of tea. Once you use your SCOBY for coffee kombucha, you can't use it again in regular kombucha tea.
This smoothie is made with Greek yogurt which is food for bacteria in your gut. It's important to eat different types of cultured foods because they have different strains of bacteria in them which enhance the bacteria that live inside of you.

It was 12:30 am and once again I found myself wide awake. It is an interesting phenomenon that has been happening to me this summer. It seems that I am needing less and less sleep. The older I get, the younger I feel. “What is up with this?” I said to myself that particular…(Read More)

Making your own Kombucha may seem a little scary at first, but I assure you it’s quite easy. Just follow these easy steps, and you’ll be brewing your own Kombucha tea in no time! The key ingredient you’ll need to start brewing Kombucha is a SCOBY and some starter tea. You can…(Read More)

Kombucha is growing in popularity and for good reason. The detoxifying  power of kombucha is enormous.  It has been recognized for its ability to counteract liver cell toxicity. As you drink kombucha, you will notice a flushing of toxins from your body as it filters toxins through the kidneys and the bowels. It purges you…(Read More)

Christmas at our house is a huge celebration. My daughter, Maci, has been labeled “Christmas Maci” because she wants to celebrate it in July, so it was no surprise when she came up with this recipe for “Candy Cane Kombucha.” It is delicious, festive, and full of peppermint. I love it, and so will you…(Read More)

Kombucha   My SCOBY sank to the bottom when I made my kombucha. Is it okay? It is 100 percent okay if your SCOBY sinks. Sink or float—it makes no difference to your kombucha. It won’t affect the brew or taste.   My kombucha is still sweet. What did I do wrong? Your house is…(Read More)

Nothing is more important to me than having my kombucha be bubbly. When it is not.. well, it hurts my feelings. Seriously, it does. I need the fizz. It’s important to me. It also means that I have not given these microbes enough food to do their job. I have to do my part…(Read More)

In the early days of making kombucha I would often let my kombucha go to long and it would lose it’s bubbliness.There was a few times, it turned so sour that it made me squint and gasp. I honestly thought I had killed my uvula. You know that little thing that hangs down…(Read More)

Most recipes for root beer kombucha are overly complicated with hard to find ingredients. Since my husband loves the flavor of  root beer, and I often buy High Country wild root kombucha for him. I figured it was time to devise my own.  The only special ingredient you will need to buy is sassafras bark…(Read More)

If you haven’t tried kombucha, you are missing out! So what exactly is kombucha? Kombucha (pronounced come-boo-cha) is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha culture. It has been around for hundreds of years. If you are concerned that it is made with sugar, you needn…(Read More)

There is a vegan ice cream shop in California that is serving kombucha floats. I was so intrigued by this idea, I devised my own kombucha float. This was about 4 days ago that I discovered this novelty. In those last 4 days, I have had a kombucha float as my lunch, for three of…(Read More)

This is such a wonderful healthier replacement for regular root beer.This may seem like a lot of sugar but it is an extract and you only use a small amount which the yeast and bacteria will eat to convert to co2. Remember the sugar is for the microbes to eat and not for you. So you get the taste of root beer without tons of sugar. Click on the words, "Root Beer Extract" to find the extract recipe.

There’s nothing better than bubbly fruit flavored kombucha. For those of you who don’t want to spend the money to buy it, you can make it. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine was in a bad car wreck. He actually broke the steering wheel off with his chest. He was…(Read More)

Meet the new Super foods that can heal you when nothing else works. I am excited to be going back to New York to teach – The Trilogy, three foods that changed my life and can change yours too. This is the most extensive class I teach. This is a crucial time in history when…(Read More)

Do you have picky eaters at your house? Do your friends and family scoff at eating cultured foods? Well, let me tell you about Mister Picky Eater, my husband. When I married him (30 years ago) he ate nothing green. They called him “Wrapper Man” because he ate a lot of meals from food in…(Read More)

My new book is available today for purchase!  Cultured Food in a Jar is my third (and very favorite!) book and the one I use most often. My book is an easy step-by-step guide that will lead you through making basic kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables. It has more than 100 easy-to…(Read More)

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