Water Kefir

Support a healthy gut with this easy recipe to introduce fermented foods into your diet! 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup water kefir grains (you can find starter cultures online or at some natural grocers) 

1/2 cup granulated sugar (do not use honey)

2 quarts filtered water at room temperature 

 

You will also need:

2 quart-size jars

Cheesecloth

Rubber bands

 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

 

Place 1/4 cup of sugar in each of the glass jars and add a little bit of warm water to dissolve.

 

Divide the rest of the water between the jars, making sure that it is at room temperature (to avoid killing the grains).

 

Add the grains, cover each jar with a cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band.

 

Place on the counter for 24-48 hours to ferment - you should see bubbles and it will smell slightly sour. 

 

Strain out the kefir grains, bottle the liquid, and store in the refrigerator to stop the fermentation.  Your kefir is ready to drink and you can now use the grains to start another batch. 

 

Store for up to one month in the refrigerator. 

 

(source: The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott)