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How to make homemade kombucha

how to make homemade kombucha

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Kombucha. A yummy fizzy drink that is good for your gut health but at about $4 a bottle, it’s not so great for your wallet.  So I decided to make my own. At first, I was a little intimidated after reading about the process and what the heck was a SCOBY? But it was actually very easy to make, just time consuming. Read on to learn how to make your own homemade kombucha.

Benefits of drinking kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has several probiotic benefits.  The main ingredient that gives the drink it’s healthy benefits is what’s referred to as “the Mother” or a SCOBY – symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It’s a flat, mushroom-looking thing that floats around the jar. So how does one acquire a SCOBY? If you know someone who makes homemade kombucha, you can ask them if you can use on of their SCOBY’s, or buy one online or from a health food store. You can also grow your own.

(If you really want to make it easy on yourself, check out this Kombucha starter kit on Amazon. It has everything you need to make your first batch including a SCOBY and starter tea.)

 

How to make homemade kombucha

To make a SCOBY

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of loose leaf black tea or 2 black tea bags
  • 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 1 16oz of bottle of raw unpasteurized kombucha

Directions

1.) In a small pot, bring water to a boil.

2.) In a clean glass jar, combine hot water and tea, and let steep for at least 5 minutes.

3.) Remove the tea bags or strain out the tea. Stir in the sugar and let cool until room temperature.

4.) Pour in kombucha and stir well making sure to combine all the sediment from the kombucha. Cover with a cheesecloth or coffee filter and keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight. (Ideally you want the temperature to be between 75-80 degrees).

5.) Eventually, a glossy film will start to form on the surface. This is your SCOBY. Once your SCOBY is about 1/4″ in thickness it is ready to use to make your own kombucha (this can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks about). Save your SCOBY and existing tea mixture to make your first batch of kombucha.

 

To make Kombucha

You will need

  • 16 cups of filtered water
  • 7 black tea bags
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • SCOBY
  • 1-2 cups of starter tea
  • gallon glass jar
  • cheesecloth or coffee filter
  • rubberband

Directions:

1.) Bring 16 cups of filtered water to a boil.

2.) Add your tea bags, then with a wooden spoon stir in 1 cup of sugar. Let steep for 10-15 minutes then remove tea bags. Let liquid come to room temperature.

3.) Pour into a gallon glass jug. Add your starter tea and carefully place your SCOBY on top.

4.) Cover with a breathable cloth cover. Let sit for 1-3 weeks out of direct sunlight (again about 75-80F. If the temp is too cool, your SCOBY will grow mold.)

5.) After a few weeks, pour your kombucha into glass mason jars or pitchers and add whatever fruit and herbs you wish for tasting. (My favorite combinations are strawberry-mango and strawberry-lemon but there are endless pairings). This will be your secondary fermentation and what gives you the carbonation. Seal tight and once a day be sure to “burp” to release excess carbonation. Once you reach your desired level of carbonation, (about 2-3 days), bottle and refrigerate.

6.) Save some of the leftover kombucha and SCOBY as this will be your starter tea for your next batch.

 

Cheers!!!

 

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How to make whipped coffee

How to make whipped coffee

“Whipped coffee” or “Dalgona” is all the rage these days and the latest coffee trend. Obviously your homegirl and fellow coffee junkie had to whip one up for herself to give it a try and report back.  Since you can’t go out to your local coffee joint and get your fave fancy drink, do yourself a favor and make one of these for yourself. It will instantly make your morning, afternoon or whatever a little bit brighter. Below I’m sharing my easy recipe for how to make whipped coffee.

How to make whipped coffee

 

Easy Whipped Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Milk (any kind)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl whip together instant coffee (I used 2 packets of Folgers instant coffee), granulated sugar and water for about 5 minutes until mixture is thick and foamy.How to make whipped coffee
  2. In a cup pour milk of your choice. (I chose almond milk)
  3. Add ice if you’d like an iced version.
  4. Using a spatula, scrape foamy coffee mixture out of the bowl and spoon on top.
  5. Gently stir to combine and enjoy!

I used the entire whipped coffee mixture to make 1 cup but if you don’t like a strong coffee, separate it into two batches.

If you happen to try the recipe be sure to leave a comment below or message me on Instagram and let me know how you liked it!

 

For more coffee recipes check out

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

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Chocolate chip peanut butter bars

chocolate chip peanut butter bars

This past week that I’ve been home I’ve found myself baking ALOT, anyone else? (STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS am I right?) Yesterday I was craving something sweet and gooey to comfort my soul. I can’t think of anything that’s more comforting than peanut butter and chocolate so I got to work. These chocolate chip peanut butter bars quickly became a family favorite in our house and you most likely have all of the ingredients on hand.

Chocolate chip peanut butter bars

Ingredients :

  • 2 sticks of salted butter
  • 2/3 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsps of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 3 cups of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease your baking dish (I used a 9×9).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Add in flour and baking soda mixing well. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour 1/2 of the batter into your prepared baking dish.
  6. Dollop the peanut butter on top and swirl into the dough.
  7. Pour the remaining dough on top and spread evenly.
  8. Bake in oven for about 22-25 minutes (until you can insert a knife in the center and it comes out clean).
  9. Let cool before cutting.

I personally think these are best when they are warm and all melty in the middle with a nice cold glass of milk enjoyed by my lonesome curled up on the couch with a comfy blanket for all the feels.

chocolate chip peanut butter bars

If you do make these, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how they came out!

 

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For more comforting sweets check out my recipe for

The best banana bread

 

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The best homemade banana bread

child sitting on kitchen counter baking and playing in the kitchen

I’m sharing my recipe for the BEST homemade banana bread. Or as Maxwell likes to call it – “Oompa bread” after his grandpa who always comes over with a sweet tooth.  I usually always have some type of baked treat in the ktichen and one day I had just made a fresh loaf of banana bread. My dad had come over to watch Maxwell while I ran out quick and when I came home I said to Maxwell “where did all the banana bread go?” He was quick to throw Oompa right under the bus and said “Oompa ate it!”. So now it’s called Oompa bread 🙂

I have tried several different recipes and this one is my favorite.  It’s a great way to use up those brown, overripe bananas, and the riper the better. This bread also freezes really well. Below is my recipe for the best homemade banana bread.

The Best Homemade Banana Bread

Ingredients

3-5 overripe bananas (the riper the better)

3/4 cups of sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup of vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

Optional – chocolate chips and walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease or butter an 8.5×4.5 inch loaf pan
  3. In a large bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid), mash together your bananas
  4. Mix in the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Optional – mix in some chocolate chips and walnuts to make it even more of a treat and give it some texture.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes until the center is done. (I like to insert a bread knife to check. When the knife comes out clean you know it’s done).
  9. Let cool on a cooling rack before serving.

the best homemade banana bread

 

Be sure to check out some of my other favorite recipes

Joanna Gaines’ Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

 

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