- 4-6 Strawberries
- 1/2 tsp SugarCan use Cane sugar or White refined
- 1-2 Cups Kombucha StarterYou can use between 1 to 2 cups of starter
Strawberries with their fresh sweet taste that peaks in the spring can work in harmony with your Kombucha. You will want to use fresh strawberry puree that you can do in your home or purchase frozen puree at the grocery story. This recipe has you heat up the strawberries in a sugary base, fully releasing the flavors of the strawberries and sugar combo in the Kombucha.
It’s important to mention that fresh fruits are naturally sweetened. Also, you will be adding sugar to your basic Kombucha recipe so if you choose to add sugar, use it wisely. Remember, you can always add sugar to a mixture but you cannot take it away.
Equipment you will need to Puree Strawberries
- Sauce pan
- Sugar, white refined (optional)
- 1-2 Tablespoons of water, Only if you are using fresh strawberries and not frozen.
How to Make It
Cut the strawberries tops off of the strawberries. Slice them into quarters to make cooking easier. Place them in a saucepan with the sugar if desired. Cook over low heat approximately thirty minutes, stirring frequently. Add water only if they begin to dry out or stick. Remove from the heat when the strawberries have a smooth texture with no lumps. Place the strawberries into the food processor or you can use a hand blender if you don’t have a food processor. Blend until you have the right consistency.
Once blended, you can add the strawberries to the Kombucha on the seventh day of fermenting or when you think it’s ready. Adding fruit will usually cause the Kombucha to fizz, don’t worry it’s normal.
Prepare our basic Kombucha tea recipe
Bring water and sugar to a boil. Add tea bags or loose tea to the boiling water and sugar mixture and allow to cool completely. Transfer the tea to a glass jar where it will stay for the next seven days. After the tea has been poured into the glass jars, you will need to add the Scoby to the jar before placing the coffee filters on top to cover it. Let the tea mixture set for seven days and then taste to see what type of flavor you get. If it's satisfactory, transfer the tea into your plastic soda bottles that you have rinsed out and sterilized before beginning this process. Let the tea mixture set in the plastic bottles for approximately three days, or until carbonation has set in and the bottles feel rock solid.
Now it's time to make the strawberry flavored Kombucha. If you are pureeing your own strawberries, you will have the best results with a food processor.
Prep your work area with Strawberries
Add Strawberry Purri to Fermented Kombucha
Pour the strawberry mixture to the finished Kombucha. Place the lid on each bottle that you add the strawberry to and place it immediately in the refrigerator to ensure freshness.
Note, if you want to mix up the flavor profile, you can instead add in the strawberry mix before the second ferment and do a second ferment.
However, this recipe with the heated strawberry puree + sugar works best when you add it to the finished Kombucha first rather then as a second ferment.
Put Kombucha in Fridge
Keep strawberry flavored Kombucha refrigerated at all times. Flavoring cannot be added at the beginning of the Kombucha process. Fresh fruits can only be added after the basic Kombucha recipe is complete. Don't leave strawberry flavored Kombucha sitting out for long periods of time.
Now you are ready to enjoy a delicious tasting Kombucha that is made by you. The only thing that's in there is what you added. The fresh strawberries will give your Kombucha a delicious flavor that you will enjoy drinking and making again.