i’ve been keeping a secret

It’s true.

A few weeks ago, I headed down to Columbia to visit the zoo. At just 1 ½ hours south of Fort Mill, and tickets priced at $12 per adult, it’s a quick and affordable trip!

columbia zoo

riverbanks zoo in columbia, south carolina

Okay, okay… that’s not the secret.

I wasn’t in Columbia just to see the gorillas, giraffes and elephants. I also headed down to visit with my cousin, Tasha.

Tasha is a Reiki practitioner, she has an amazing organic garden complete with rain barrels, AND she makes her very own kefir and kombucha too. In early April, Tasha asked if I wanted some kefir and kombucha of my own. Um, yes please.

herb_garden

tasha's herb garden: chives, rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage, mint, oregano, parsley, stevia, dill, black cumin, lemon balm, cilantro AND a few types of basil!

garden

tasha's veggie garden: tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, melons, cucumbers, beans, spinach and lettuce.

rain barrels

rain barrels feed the garden by using an irrigation system that runs through the yard

So, while I’ve been busy the past few weeks growing my own backyard garden, I’ve also been hard at work brewing kombucha tea.

Kombucha is a tea made with live probiotic cultures. It’s so easy to brew, and best of all, you’ll never run out of the stuff!

baby kombucha mushroom

baby kombucha mushroom

kombucha tea

my very first brew is on the left; tasha's extra mushrooms in a smaller brew on the right. i used a green tea with pomegranate, so that's why the color varies.

During each brew, the kombucha mushroom actually grows a baby mushroom. You’ll know your tea is ready when you see the baby mushroom appear in the jar. I’ve noticed it takes about one week to start seeing growth, and I’ve been drinking my teas after about three weeks of fermenting.

Tasha started me off with four mushrooms and now I have 14! The tea tastes just like the kombucha drinks I’ve bought at the store, and it’s saving me some pretty pennies too. That stuff is not cheap.

I know you’re definitely probably thinking this tea looks not so tasty, but I do have friends lining up to get their own baby mushrooms! I’m looking forward to giving some away in the next few weeks.

home-brewed kombucha tea

tasting my first kombucha tea. thumbs up for a good brew!

Have you ever brewed your own kombucha? I’m going to take a wild guess and say no! If not kombucha, have you ever thought about making your own wine or beer?

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9 Responses to i’ve been keeping a secret

  1. I’ve never brewed my own, but I give you lots of credit for trying. I’ll be brave and try some of yours. ;) By the way, I LOVE that zoo!

  2. sarasuzanne says:

    Yes! The zoo really is incredible. I was so impressed!

  3. Jessica says:

    Sara! That’s fricking awesome. Can you help me get started?

    • sarasuzanne says:

      I’d love to! Do you wanna come down for a visit sometime this summer?! I’m not sure how I’d send you the mushrooms via mail. I’d be a little nervous something weird would happen to them.

  4. Melissa says:

    I loved the Kombucha when I tried it at your house!

  5. Brittney says:

    Can I get on the kombucha mushroom waiting list?? :)

  6. Joy says:

    Put me in line for a baby mushroom!

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