Turmeric Water Kefir
Makes 1 L (2-4 servings)
What you need:
1L glass mason jar
Unfluroridated & unchlorinated water (I use reverse osmosis with added Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops)
1/4 cup organic sugar (cane, turbinado, rapadura) - don't worry! The probiotics feed off of the sugar making the end sugar content very low
Re-hydrated water kefir grains (about 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup)
For the 2nd Ferment
1 tbsp fresh turmeric root, grated
1/2 to 1 cup freshly squeezed organic orange juice
1 small nub of ginger (optional)
Pinch of black pepper (optional) - increases absorption/alters taste
What to do:
FOR FERMENT #1
-Add 1/4 cup of sugar to your 1 L mason jar and dissolve with a small amount of hot water
-When the sugar has dissolved, fill the jar about an inch or two from the top with cool filtered water (saving room for flavourings in ferment #2)
-Ensure the water is at room temperature, then add in the hydrated water kefir grains
-Screw the lid & allow to ferment on your counter for 24-48 hours. The longer you leave it, more sugar will ferment out - try not to leave longer than 3 days as this can starve the grains.
-Make a habit of burping the jars every day (this is when you get to hear their activity!)
-Pour your first ferment through a strainer, into a large glass measuring cup, save the grains and pour the fermented water kefir into a clean 1 L mason jar.
-This is your first ferment, the second is when you add flavour!
-Follow the steps above again and reuse the grains. (Dissolve the sugar, add water, add grains, ferment)
FOR FERMENT #2
-Add in grated turmeric, fresh orange juice, ginger + black pepper (if using) to the fermented water kefir.
-Cover again and leave on the counter to ferment for another 24-48 hours
-You can now either strain out the whole fruit, turmeric & ginger or leave it as is.
-Store in the refrigerator after the second ferment and enjoy!
-Water kefir 'grains' are not actual grains, they are a combination of healthy bacteria and yeasts that form a grain-like shape! Water kefir is both gluten-free and vegan!
-The coolest thing about water kefir grains is that they keep growing + multiplying (they are living!), after purchasing dehydrated grains or already hydrated grains, you are able to re-use them over and over again throughout your water kefir journey!
-Start slow with water kefir so that your body can adjust to this new probiotic beverage, work your way towards enjoying 1-2 cups a day