For today’s Real Food Quote Monday (RFQM), I’m sharing from the Winter 2009 issue of Wise Traditions, the quarterly publication of the Weston A. Price Foundation. This is a hilarious letter to the editor about a Kombucha scoby (the mother culture) gone wild…
A KOMBUCHA STORY
While picking up my weekly milk order from my farmer I mentioned that I wanted to return a quart jar to her for more cream but that all of mine were full since I had made so much kombucha recently. She asked whether I had any extra “mushrooms” since she wanted to start making it again. That led to a discussion about the mushrooms themselves. She uses hers three times then throws the oldest one away and cuts her others into smaller pieces and then uses those three times, etc. That way she’s always using fresh mushrooms. When she first started making kombucha, someone told her that they were good for septic systems so she was flushing her old mushrooms down the toilet.
A couple years later the septic tank guy came to empty out her tank, and he opened it up to stick the hose in to start draining it, but he couldn’t. He was totally baffled and had to get out his knife and hack away at the large, tannish, leathery thing that was floating at the top of the tank! She was quite sure what it was and she was quite sure she was not about to tell him! Can you imagine? A kombucha mushroom the size of a septic tank! If only someone in the sci-fi industry knew about SCOBYs!
Alemonte Springs, Florida
Pretty funny! My whole family was rolling with laughter when I read this aloud. And what’s the lesson here? Your scobys are good for your garden, your goats, your other animals, but not your septic system! I sure hope those little bits of scoby (recommended source) that inevitably go down my drain are not taking over our tank.
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