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Ginger & Turmeric Kombucha (anti-inflammatory & gut-healing!)

Incorporate the detoxifying, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties of these rhizomes by adding them to a second ferment of your kombucha! This anti-inflammatory and gut-healing Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha is an easy second ferment that adds probiotics and pain-relieving benefits to your diet!

I’ve noticed a trend in superfoods…

There seems to be one “new” superfood that’s all the rage each year.

This year’s superfood was definitely turmeric!

But I can tell you that I’ve been sneaking in turmeric in all kinds of ways for the last year, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.

I love turmeric most of all for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. In my mind, it’s Nature’s Tylenol.

I even got over one of the worst periods ever by concocting a drink with turmeric!

My favorite way to use turmeric now? Infusing its flavor and healing properties into my favorite beverage — kombucha!

We’ve been making and drinking kombucha for years! If you’re new to kombucha or want to improve your booch-making skills, download this FREE Ultimate Kombucha Guide!

Kombucha 101

Kombucha is, in my opinion, one of the easiest, most basic ferments to make. If you’re new to fermenting or keeping Mother cultures, kombucha is a GREAT place to begin!

Basically, kombucha is sweet tea with an added SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts) that is fermented from 7 to 21 (or more) days, depending on the flavor and amount of sweetness you prefer. The longer the kombucha ferments, the less sugar it will contain!

If it ferments too long, it will be very sour (almost like apple cider vinegar) and can be used like you would use vinegar.

To learn more, check out this FREE Ultimate Kombucha Guide!

How To Find Fresh Turmeric & Ginger

I used to tell people “good luck!” when it came to finding fresh turmeric…

Yet, nowadays, even regular supermarkets are beginning to stock fresh turmeric!

I see fresh turmeric root on Azure Standard’s produce page all the time and for less than $10/pound. This is a great option if you’re using fresh turmeric in other foods and drinks, like Tikka Masala or this Pineapple-Carrot-Turmeric Spritzer.

My local health food store usually carries it, especially during the fall and winter months, for about $14 per pound. A pound of turmeric might as well be a ton, so you don’t need nearly a pound. A few pieces of the root is all I need to make several bottles of this anti-inflammatory and gut-healing Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha.

Believe it or not, Amazon even has fresh, organic turmeric!

If you live in a very warm zone (Zone 9 or higher), you can grow turmeric.

Ginger is definitely the more dominant flavor in this kombucha, yet there is a hint of turmeric in there. It’s a really lovely flavor.

Of course, fresh ginger root is easily found at supermarkets, health food stores, basically anywhere that sells a variety of produce will usually have fresh ginger root.

Furthermore, my son and I both think the flavor of this anti-inflammatory kombucha is identical to GT’s Gingerade kombucha from the store!

If you love flavoring kombucha in all sorts of fun ways, be sure to check out my post: How To Flavor Kombucha With Frozen Fruit!

Ultimate Kombucha Guide

Want to learn more about this ancient, healing beverage?

Check out this fantastic and helpful Ultimate Kombucha Guide that I created for Traditional Cooking School!

In this guide, you’ll learn ALL about kombucha:

  • how to make it
  • which sweeteners and teas to use
  • how to bottle and flavor it
  • doing a second fermentation
  • making kombucha with honey
  • how to care for your SCOBY and MORE!

Doesn’t turmeric need black pepper?

Why, yes! Yes, it does! 🙂

It’s a fact that the curcumin found in turmeric isn’t super bioavailable for our bodies. To combat this and make these amazing benefits available to us, turmeric should be combined with black pepper.

Piperine is the compound in black pepper that activates the curcumin in turmeric.

But, this recipe doesn’t contain black pepper, does it?

If you like, simply add a pinch of black pepper to your glass when you drink your Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha.

If that doesn’t sound appealing, try drinking your kombucha with a meal or snack that contains black pepper!

Either way works if you’re concerned at all about not reaping turmeric’s benefits!

How To Make Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha

All you need to successfully make this anti-inflammatory, gut-healing Ginger & Turmeric Kombucha is finished kombucha, fresh ginger root, fresh turmeric root, and glass, swing-top bottles.

First, use a funnel to transfer finished kombucha to swing-top bottles, leaving about 3 inches of headspace in each bottle.

To flavor with ginger and turmeric, add 1 tablespoon of each, finely chopped, to each bottle of finished kombucha.

Finally, close the bottle(s) and let ferment in a room temperature spot for 1 to 3 days. I like the results produced after 2 days, personally.

This is known as a “second ferment” and will help produce fizzy bubbles that we love in our kombucha!

And now… here’s the full recipe for Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha!

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Anti-Inflammatory & Gut-Healing Ginger & Turmeric Kombucha

This anti-inflammatory and gut-healing Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha is an easy second ferment that adds probiotics and pain-relieving benefits to your diet!

CourseDrinks
CuisineFood As Medicine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Lindsey Dietz

Ingredients

  • finished kombucha
  • 1-liter swing top bottles
  • 1tablespoonfreshly chopped ginger per bottle or jar
  • 1tablespoonfreshly chopped turmeric root per bottle or jar

Instructions

  1. First, transfer finished kombucha from your fermenting vessel into swing-top bottles or jars.
  2. Next, add 1 tablespoon of both ginger and turmeric to EACH bottle (or jar). So, if you're flavoring 4 bottles, you'll need 4 tablespoons of each.
  3. Close or seal the bottles/jars.
  4. Leave them for 24 to 48 hours for this "second ferment".
  5. Taste and transfer to the fridge when you like the taste.
  6. You can strain out the turmeric and ginger bits when you pour by using a small mesh strainer like this.

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Do you flavor your kombucha? How do you incorporate turmeric into your lifestyle?

Originally published February 8, 2016. Updated January 1, 2017 and August 12, 2018. Republished December 11, 2018.

Lindsey Dietz :Native Texans, Lindsey and her family now live in the northern Minnesota wilderness on their dream property, where they are hoping to raise chickens and a few of their own veggies. In her free time, she enjoys food photography, flipping through cookbooks, and tackling home improvement projects. She also serves on the board of her local food co-op. Lindsey has dedicated much of her time over the past several years to unlearning conventional practices and implementing Traditional foods and natural remedies in her home. This has radically changed her and her family's health. Lindsey now loves to share her knowledge and recipes here at AllTheNourishingThings.com and her eBook Nourishing No-Bake Treats.