Making water kefir can be quite easy if a few simple steps are followed properly. This beverage is full of healthy probiotics. One of the most important ingredients is the water kefir grains. Water kefir grains tend to have a small crystal-like appearance because they are made up of bacteria that are beneficial to your health, such as hilgardi and lactobacillus.
Equipment Needed to Make Water Kefir
For this version of water kefir, you will need:
- A mason jar with a lid
- A plastic spoon
- 4 to 6 smaller bottles with lids
- A non-metal strainer
Ingredients to Make Water Kefir
- 1/3 cup of water kefir grains
- 3 tablespoons of dried fruit such as dried prunes
- ½ of an organic lemon
- ½ cup of organic sugar
- Thinly sliced and peeled ginger (the ginger should be as fresh as possible)
- Chlorine-free water
You will need at least one quart of water. If you want to make a greater amount of water kefir, you will need to adjust the recipe accordingly.
Preparing Water Kefir
Begin by pouring the water into the mason jar. Pour the organic sugar in the jar as well. Stir this mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Now add your water kefir grains, dried fruit, lemon and ginger slice to the sugar water mixture, and stir with a plastic spoon.
You should let the new mixture sit in the mason jar for approximately 24 to 72 hours. Be sure to place a lid on the jar. This will give the water kefir a chance to properly brew. After 24 to 72 hours, use the non-metal strainer to remove the water kefir grains, dried fruit, lemon and ginger from the mixture. Taste the water kefir. If it is not strong enough, add the remaining water kefir to the smaller bottles.
Allowing your water kefir to sit in the smaller bottles for another 24 to 48 hours will result in a longer fermentation process. A longer fermentation period will usually result in a stronger tasting beverage. The additional hours should result in a naturally carbonated beverage. This is precisely the reason why water kefir is often referred to as the"natural soda."
Remember that you can alter this recipe to include substitutions. Try using mint as a substitute for ginger. You may find that you prefer this version of water kefir. You can also try using different types of dried fruit, such as dried cherries or even dried raisins. This will help to produce a unique flavor. Don't be afraid to introduce a variety of ingredients into your recipe. Enjoy!