Don’t you just love these close up pictures of these little grains of goodness….how exciting that you can make a probiotic drink for you and your family to have when ever you feel like it.
To make the water kefir you will need to by some water kefir grains from someone or be given some by your friends. Be aware that there are two types of grains one is for milk and one for water, I actually use both but the grains I am talking about today are…. water grains. If you would like me to post you some you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work out the postage and price ( for delivery in Australia only )
Things you will need…
One glass jar, with or without a lid. You can cover with cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
A wooden or plastic spoon ( don’t use anything metal..the grains don’t like it)
A large rubber band if you are using a cloth or paper filter.
One litre of good water, not chlorinated or with fluoride ( rain water is perfect)
Half a cup of organic raw sugar, if possible.
Organic dried fruit..I use dried figs or sultanas. A slice of lemon and a pinch of celtic sea salt.
How to make the kefir…….
Some people dissolve the sugar in the water first, maybe Im lazy……I skip that step. Make sure your glass jar is clean and no soap residue from washing up. Swish it with some extra hot water just before you start. Put the sugar in your jar and add your cold water, give it a little stir to mix it up. Place in your grains, treat the grains with love as they are soft and breakable.
Add in your dried fruit and piece of lemon and pinch of salt. Cover the jar with your lid, cloth or paper filter and leave the jar in a warm area of your kitchen, not in direct sunlight.
Depending on the temperature, whether it is summer or winter will determine how fast your drink will take. You can always have a little sip and see if you like the flavour. Some people will strain off the water after this time and you can drink it straight away but I am bubbles girl and always do a second ferment. When you strain off the water throw out the dried fruit..well feed it to the chickens or pop it in the compost bin. Bottle the water,use new bottles if you wish or you have friend s that drink wine get them to keep the empty bottle with the lids. This is the time when you can be as creative as your heart desires…you can add more dried fruit, slices of fresh fruit, fruit juices or combinations of all of the above.
Place the bottles with a tight fitting lid on the bench for a day or two, yet again depending on the warmth of your kitchen and time of year. After the second ferment I place the bottles into the refrigerator to slow down the fermenting process. Be careful when you open the bottles as some fruit juices can make an extra bubbly drink, you can always check and “burp” the bottles before placing them in the refrigerator.
Then you go back to the start and do it all over again. If you are getting tried of making the kefir or you are going away you can place them in the refrigerator, with some extra sugar and they will survive for a couple of weeks.
Once you have a system going its great to share this wonderful probiotic drink with your family and friends and there bodies will love you for ever. We used to drink a lot of soda water ( that we made ourselves ) now our we have a huge selection of organic healthy drinks that are so nourishing, its such a lovely feeling when you can share the things you make with the people who mean the most to you.
Please if you have any questions on how to make water kefir I will be only to happy to help, just contact me through the email link above.
Cheers and good health.