Water kefir is slightly bubbly probiotic drink, a great intro into the world of fermented foods as it’s sweeter than it’s cousin kombucha. I learned how to make water kefir about ten years ago and haven’t looked back! Over the years we’ve tested out different variations for flavoring it with fruit and sometimes it was put into “hibernation” during busy seasons, yet the same kefir grains are going strong.
It’s much like milk kefir except it’s accustomed to culturing in sugar-water instead of milk. They look a bit different too. Instead if looking like little cauliflowers, they look more like clear, little, smooshy crystals. But the nutritional value is much the same. Not only is it a probiotic (yup – just like yogurt!), it’s full of some great vitamins and nutrients.
Starting from dehydrated kefir grains
(see the grains at the bottom?)
I’m now hooked on this stuff! Seriously. It makes a slightly carbonated, slightly sweet beverage and I think it tastes sooo good! My husband thinks it tastes too ferment-y, but honestly, I don’t notice it that much. My son even loves our new ‘soda’ and asks for it all the time. And this is one type of soda I’ll let him have.
I’ve tried flavoring it multiple ways now and my favorites are blueberry (makes such a pretty color) and lemon (tastes like lemonade). The grains have also been producing like crazy and I now have enough to make almost a gallon a day if I wish.
It’s super easy to make and takes almost no time at all. Plus, it’s really refreshing on a nice hot day to have a fizzy drink. And if you’re stuck on real soda and need a substitute to break your habit, this is the stuff to try. Because soda is so very, very bad for you. Like really bad. Think high fructose corn syrup and fake sugars. Kefir soda is a nice healthy alternative!
- 1/4 c. sugar organic
- 2 cups water hot
- 1 1/2 c. water cold
- 3 Tbsp kefir grains
- Dissolve 1/4 cup whole cane sugar (use organic as the chemicals in conventional can hurt the grains) in half a quart of hot water.
- Once dissolved add 1 1/2 cups cold water. make sure to leave an inch of space at the top of the container.
- Take about 3 Tbsp of kefir grains and place them in a quart of the sugar water solution.
- Place it out on the counter or in a cupboard covered with a cloth tied on with a rubberband.
- Let culture, or sit out on the counter, for 24-48 hours.
- Strain kefir grains out and place them in a new sugar water solution and pour the kefir water into a clean jar.
- Now you can either flavor the kefir water by putting some fresh fruit in it and letting it culture for another 24 hours, or you can drink as is. (some folks even add in a washed egg shell for added calcium but I have yet to try that)
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