Kefir has been used for centuries due to its healing power when fermented. When kefir grains are fermented, a fizzy drink is create that is packed with probiotic bacteria and yeast. When they go through this process, they also become rich in vitamins, nutrients and minerals which our bodies can easily digest!
Although known as kefir ‘grains’, these are not actual grains like wheat or rye, but rather clusters of bacteria and yeast living in a symbiotic relationship. These little clusters of bacteria look like crystals of jelly that hold a unique set of nutrients that have been shown to:
- Boost the immune system
- Heal inflammation
- Fight allergies
- Improve digestion
Here’s my guide to creating your own flavored kefir at home!
- One large glass jar
- Wooden stirring utensil
- One towel or paper coffee filter to use as a covering for the jar
- A fine strainer for removing the kefir grains
- Rehydrated Water Kefir Grains
- 1/4 cup sugar per quart of water
- Filtered water
- To Flavor:
- Juice of 1 orange
- 1 inch piece of turmeric, grated
- 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
- Pour 1/4 cup sugar into the jar, add 1/2 cup hot water and allow sugar to dissolve.
- Add 3 cups room temperature water.
- Once mixture has completely cooled, add the water kefir grains.
- Cover the jar and place in a warm spot, 68°-85°F, to culture for 24-48 hours.
- Separate kefir grains from the finished water kefir by straining.
- Prepare a new batch with the strained kefir grains.
- You can now flavor your water kefir, bottle it up and store in the refrigerator.