Water Kefir (Basic Recipe from Dom’s Kefir Site)
Ingredients (for 6 cups)
- 8-cup glass jar with strong sealing lid. (Jars with a swing-away lid and rubber gasket are great and so are Mason jars.)
- Stainless steel or nylon sieve.
- 1/2 to 1 cup water kefir grains.
- 1 large Turkish fig or 2 small Greek dry figs or 2 Tbs dry sultanas, raisins or any mixture.
- Slice of lemon (Use non waxed Certified organically grown lemon. Peel and discard zest of non-organic lemon, or lemon that has been fumigated or sprayed with pesticide).
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup Rapadura
- 1/8 Tsp sodium bicarbonate (pure baking soda and NOT baking powder that contains aluminium).
- 1/4 Tsp eggshell or oceanic coral ground to a coarse grit, or 1/8 Tsp of each. (First sterilize coral and eggshell in boiling water, or use shell of boiled egg).
- Fill jar with water, add sugar, dried figs, lemon, bicarb, eggshells and stir to dissolve sugar.
- Add kefir grains and secure lid on jar.
- Stand at room temperature for 2 days. (Stir after 24 hours.)
- Strain whole contents, squeeze lemon juice into liquid and fill bottle/s with water kefir and seal airtight.
- Rinse grains under running cold water and repeat above instructions for each batch.
- I normally cover the jar with a cloth instead of sealing it airtight during fermentation.
- I have made various flavours (as pictured above) by doing a secondary fermentation. To the strained liquid, I have added bee pollen or fruit juices or herbal tea and left it at room temperature for another day or two before refrigerating.
- Regarding the use of honey instead of sugar, this is Dom’s answer:Can honey be used for water kefir instead of sugar? I’m concerned about the sugar No. Sugary kefir grains [SKG] require sucrose or cane sugar to grow. But some folks find the use of young coconut water to be of good value instead of using sugar. If your SKG grow well like mine do, then there should be no concern at all about sugar content, because growing SKG remove a very large quantity of sugar from the beverage. Many folks have actually lost weight by simply introducing water kefir in their diet.
- For further reading on making various types of lacto-fermented beverages read this article from Weston A Price “Who Needs Soda Pop with these Bodacious Beverages”.
- For information on the properties of water kefir, ideas and inspirations go to Dom’s Kefir site.