Water Kefir Recipe: The Probiotic Paleo Diet Soda!!

by admin on April 29, 2015

Water Kefir: The Ultimate Probiotic

Water Kefir Recipe The Probiotic Paleo Diet SodaA dynamic probiotic, water kefir is a carbonated (through fermentation) fruit drink. A few years ago I was doing research on probiotics. I learned that encapsulated probiotics are weak and often ineffective, that the most effective probiotics are actually foods, fermented foods and drinks that is.

What is the difference? The probiotics that you pay big bucks for usually contain millions of probiotic organisms. While this sounds like alot, it isn’t, in fact you probably have similar bacterial counts on your hand. A small serving of kefir, on the other hand, contains unpwards of 1.5 trillion probiotic organisms. Not million, not billion, trillion. That is a thousand billion. There are several times the count of probiotics in a single small serving of kefir than in an entire 120 servings of expensive probiotics. And it tastes like soda pop.. 

Additionally, probiotic supplements are always limited to a handful or even just a single strain of probiotics. Water kefir, on the other hand, contains dozens of different probiotic bacteria and yeast strains (yes, there are good yeasts). When we consume them, each one of these strains is able to manufacture different vitamins for us, fight off pathogens and regulate important longevity promoting and anti-obesity genes in your body.

Another issue will probiotic pills is that the advertised bacteria count (ex. 6 million) is only true at the time of manufacture. These counts are often greatly diminished by the time you buy them. The surviving bugs are dormant and unlikely to survive digestion. Kefir on the other hand, is busy and crawling with probiotics that are replicating when you consume them. When you consume your probiotics with the medium that they originally grew on, the survival rate during digestion increases dramatically.

Water Kefir Culture

Water Kefir Recipe The Probiotic Paleo Diet Soda

Water Kefir Grains

There is a specific water kefir culture that you must obtain before you begin “brewing” your own water kefir “soda”. This culture is often called “water kefir grains”, though they are not grains. The grains look like dozens of little clear crystals and they are made up of the colonies of probiotics which manufacture enzymes and vitamins while consuming sugars.

I got my first water kefir grains from this small family owned business which offers kefir grains, kombucha scobee cultures, fermenting starter/delux kits. This company is all organic with there cultures.

If you continually make water kefir, you will only ever need to buy one starter culture. In fact, your culture will constantly grow and you will need to start giving away cultures to your family and friends. Alternatively you can consume the extra grains for the most powerful burst of probiotics on Earth. I have done this and they are flavorless with the consistency of jello.

One thing to keep in mind with your kefir grains is that metal is toxic to the probiotic strains so this is why my recipe will call for non metal tools.

How To Make Water Kefir

Serves 4+  Prep Time: 5 min.

Equipment Needed:

Carbonated Water Kefir

Carbonated Water Kefir

— Glass Jar (1 quart or larger)

— Wooden spoon for stirring (Don’t use metal)

— Cheesecloth, coffee filters or some other cloth to cover top of jars

— Bamboo or plastic strainer

— Rubber band

Ingredients:

— Hydrated water kefir grains (I got mine here)

— 1/4 cup of organic unprocessed rapadura sugar per 1 quart of water (Worry not, this sugar will be consumed by the kefir grains. As long as you ferment long enough, there will be very small of sugar left.)

Do not use tap water, the chlorine will kill your grains. Spring water is best followed by well water, filtered rain water, distilled water and finally filtered tap water. Though if using rain or distilled water, add a pinch of pink sea salt as your grains need minerals.

Though you could use organic white sugar, organic unprocessed turbinado cane sugar is best. Honey, maple and coconut sugar should not be used since they can damage your culture.

Instructions:

1. Add sugar to your jar, then add a small amount of hot water in to dissolve the sugar.

2. Now add the rest of the water, make sure it is room temp! You don’t want to cook your grains.

3. Add your kefir grains

4. Cover jar with coffee filter or cloth and strap it on with rubber band. This allows breathing and keeps small heathens out of your kefir.

5. Leave it at room temperature to ferment for 24-48 hours. The longer you wait, the less sugar so I recommend 48 hours but no longer! If you grains run out of sugar for too long they will starve.

6. After the 48 hours, strain the liquid into a new jar using a bamboo or plastic strainer (no metal!).

7. Now add the grains back into a new sugar water solution (restart process).

8. Now onto the carbonation! Take the strained liquid from step 6 and add a few ounces of organic fruit juice. Pomegranite, grape, cherry, blueberry, acai and apple all work well. Citrus does not work well. You are now going to cover the jars with airtight lids for 1-3 days to trap the carbonation that results from the fermentation of the fruit juice. —HERE IS THE TRICK TO MAKE THE BEST SODA KEFIR— Along with the fruit juice, add in your desired amount of stevia drops. Since the kefir will consume almost all of the sugar, the kefir will not be very sweet at all UNLESS you add stevia which greatly compliments the mild sweetness of the remaining sugar. Since stevia is not a carbohydrate, it remains unfermented in the final product. 

Best Classic Drink Variations: How To

— LEMONADE — Add lemon juice and drink after the first fermentation for probiotic lemonade. (Skip second fermentation)

— DR. PEPPER — Using prune juice in the second fermentation results in a Dr. Pepper flavored kefir soda.

— CREAM SODA — After the first fermentation, seal the jar without adding any juice. After 2 days, refrigerate it for an hour, then add a small amount of vanilla extract before drinking for a cram soda kefir.

Water Kefir Instructional Video

This is a more in depth video you can follow. She is using a different recipe size but you can follow either measures.

 

 

 

 

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